The Final Stretch
April 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Today marks the last 10 days of the campaign period for national and local candidates, that’s why all candidates begin the cram to get to finish line. At this point, candidates must have covered at least a good 80% of their constituency, making their presence visible through streams of tarpaulins and posters, and constant rounds of campaign jingles and public service announcements.
The physical presence of the candidate becomes more important than ever. Candidates cannot skip sorties anymore, and must wake up early and sleep early in the morning to finish the loads of schedules setup for them. As they say, “all politics is local”, and so candidates make sure that every cheek is kissed, every hand is shook, and all money gets to where it should be.
Election expenses are on the roof nowadays, since every candidates tries to get across a vast spectrum of audience, and are ready to feed the mob when needed. Dinner meetings are different from evening caucuses, and hot afternoons are crowned with motorcades, foot parades, and house to house campaigns.
It’s the final stretch, indeed.
PS: This blog sends its most sincere condolences to the berieved of former Batangas Governor Armando “Arman” C. Sanchez, who was also former mayor of my mother’s hometown, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. I pray for his eternal repose.