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Chaos 2021

“The first half of 2021 shall be spent by politicians positioning even if the official campaign period has yet to start.

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Scenes of an uprising in the US Capitol flooded television and the Internet early Thursday morning Manila time.

It is unthinkable how President Donald Trump can move an angry mob to occupy the US Capitol without much of a refusal from the security of the US Congress.

It was posted somewhere that this is the first time the US Capitol was breached since the British attack in 1814. And we all thought the craziness of 2020 is over.
I won’t go on and write how this affects the US Presidential Elections: You can go ahead and read it on the foreign news sites.

This shall be more on how this affects the Philippines’ 2022 elections which start this year with the filings for candidacy and the campaign season kicking in at the latter part of the year.

The first half of 2021 shall be spent by politicians positioning even if the official campaign period has yet to start.

Old rudimentary archaic election laws have failed to cover every nook and cranny of campaigning through the Internet and social media.

With the pandemic still very much in the air, online campaigning shall be the name of the game, and can spell who wins and who loses.

This has happened in 2016 but only in the latter part. In 2021, Internet politics is a force to reckon with, most especially for the national positions to be contested by a handful of people.

What is disturbing is the fact that the Philippines always follows the lead of the US, may it be immediately, a year or a decade after.

This happens in politics, sports, entertainment, education, holidays, except for religion, as we remain a very devout Catholic race. Images of the storming of the US Capitol may give the insurgents and progressives the idea that this can be done here.

Canvassing of the votes for the President and Vice President are done in the House of Representatives. The Batasan Complex in Quezon City is far easier to infiltrate compared to the US Capitol.

A mere short perimeter fence separates the compound from the outside world.

Security is lax and there is an infinite number of excuses to allow strangers to get in.

To recall, in 2010, a motorcycle bomb was sneaked into the complex that led to the deaths of a number of people, including a Congressman.

The incident in the US Capitol does not mean our House of Representatives should increase its security at this very moment.

Truth be told, I do not think it will happen in the Philippines due to our non-confrontational nature unless it is motivated by certain incentives similar to what happened in the 3rd EDSA rally.

Our political system also does not grant a long overlap similar to the US. Moreover, our President cannot be elected twice as President, thereby removing the possibility of an incumbent President refusing to vacate the office, or, as what happened in the US, inciting a mob to deter the assumption of a new President.

Rather, this tells us that a misogynist and tyrannical leader can effectively incite an insurgency by his rousing words.

While most of the world can live without waging war, civil unrest is still a possibility and can be used for one’s personal gain and agenda.

One of the more striking storylines from that infamous day is the seeming dropping by Vice President Mike Pence and Senate President Mitch McConnell of President Trump. Pence went to the extent of sharing his opinion on the intention of the founding fathers, the framers of the US Constitution, and that it was not for the Vice President to overturn the will of the sovereign people.

These are the better takeaways from what happened, if any.

As for our leaders in the Philippines, it was stated yesterday that our incumbent President does not wish to stay any longer.

We do not expect any President to do so, after what we learned from the Martial Law years. Instead, there will be candidates from their group that will push for the same agenda and interests.

This is a better alternative, and the people, in the end, will decide who the new leader shall be.

Until then, the sovereign Filipino people must keep their eyes peeled to ensure no anarchy takes place not just until election day, but until the proclamation of our new leaders in 2022.

For comments, email him at darren.dejesus
@abogados.ph or tweet him @darrendejesus.

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