Ad Hoc Parties

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(Editor’s note: Parties in RP are formed from election to election and have no known and specific platforms as noted by the author.)In the last five days, voters and non-voters tended to waste an hour or two if it was necessary for all presidential candidates to subject themselves to a thorough sanity test.There’s one point poor/lazy staff work betrayed itself: All presidential candidates, except for one or two, were known public figures before filing their CoCs on or before December 1, 2009.Erap, the oldestErap, as the oldest candidate, has been in the thick of a political struggle since 1963, when Noynoy was three years old. Quezon was elected at 57 and Osmeña retired at 68.In the 1970s, one European doctor heard boxing champion Ali on TV telling tall stories about his career for being “I’m the greatest.” The doctor’s comment that “the greatest” should see a brain specialist for once had reached the champion’s promoters and camp.‘He’s nuts!”Ali flew into a rage and shouted: “He’s nuts! He should see a head doctor himself.” Ali is now 68 (born 1942) and first won fame and a gold medal at 18 in the 1960 Olympic in Rome (light heavyweight division). Boxing journalists judged him as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. His skillful footwork and stylish boxing were matched by his quick-fire wit. In 1984, Ali revealed he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and since then has remained a revered hero of boxing. For all his fire and glory Ali has not invited fellow boxers to take a sanity test after knocking down Sonny Liston in 1964 and winning the Supreme Court’s approval in 1971 for refusing to fight in Vietnam. No platforms National candidates should consider the following: 1) How to remain financially sound after spending close to R2 billion since mid-2008, 2) explain how huge sums were sourced and pay the right income tax, 3) stop telling voters (and the people) how they suffered deprivation in childhood, 4) how to change (not abolish) the poverty picture from about 50 million poor Filipinos to only 10 million, or about 9.3 percent of the 93 million population, and 5) how to minimize (not totally eliminate) losses at BIR, BoC, DPWH, Comelec, and money-making/regulatory agencies of the government for starters. Solutions Politicians in Britain, the US, Japan, Germany, and other progressive states present specific solutions to complicated problems, especially on the economy. …