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‘Mismanagement’ of COVID-19 response may increase voter turnout, says expert

‘Mismanagement’ of COVID-19 response may increase voter turnout, says expert

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CRITICISMS AGAINST the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic may increase the voter turnout during the 2022 elections, a public administration expert said. Ronald Mendoza, dean of Ateneo de Manila University School of Government, said the administration’s pandemic response was a “mismanagement” and that poor decisions, paired with issues of corruption, might prod more Filipinos to participate in the polls “[The COVID-19 pandemic] can shape the elections by increasing turnout for many who believe we deserve better pandemic management,” Mendoza said during an online forum on campaign dynamics last Oct. 13. Mendoza noted that the National Economic and Development Authority has predicted that there would be “deep scarring” in the Philippine economy because of the health c
Youth urged to have ‘clear conscience’ during elections

Youth urged to have ‘clear conscience’ during elections

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THE YOUTH should not only participate actively in next year’s elections but should also have a clear heart and conscience when they make the crucial decision of choosing the country’s next leaders, voter education advocates said. De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Marco Saez urged the youth to be vigilant against any form of “manipulation” from any sector, noting that their values would shape their decisions. “It’s not only, I think, the mind that we should be mindful of, but we should also be on guard as far as conscience and our hearts. Our value system will determine how we are going to evaluate the situation and the proper actions we will be taking,” Saez said during the ‘Bata, Bata Mulat KNB? The Youth Vote in 2022’ webinar last Sept
‘Political gangsterism,’ ‘distortion of the constitution:’ AB profs slam Duterte’s VP bid

‘Political gangsterism,’ ‘distortion of the constitution:’ AB profs slam Duterte’s VP bid

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte’s decision to run for vice president is an attempt to remain in power that can pose a challenge to the Constitution, professors of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) said. Late last month, the ruling PDP-Laban party announced that Duterte has “agreed to make the sacrifice and heed the clamor of the people” by accepting its endorsement for him to run in the 2022 elections. The opposition coalition 1Sambayan has assailed the move, describing it as “legally and morally wrong” but officials and even some experts believe there is no legal impediment for Duterte to seek a lower post. But political science department chair Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion said Duterte would be “a step away” from becoming president again if he bags the second-highest post, a s
‘Weak states’ lead to ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 responses—PolSci chair

‘Weak states’ lead to ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 responses—PolSci chair

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY POLITICAL SCIENCE department chair Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion said Tuesday that the institutional weakness of the Philippines led to the Duterte administration's failure to control the pandemic. “We cannot blame this all on President Duterte kasi kahit gaano pa siya kalakas na leader, I think given the enormity of the problem—the pandemic, kahit sinong leader ang ilagay mo diyan, he or she is bound to fail kasi we have weak state institutions,” Coronacion said in a webinar. He said that the country has a defective public health system and weak public health institutions, mentioning Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's corruption and the “inefficient” hospital system. Coronacion also cited the “securitization” or the “military solution” as one of