I was planning on following the news coverage of the elections but Alex is very sick and, well, to hell with the elections — I have a sick child to attend to. She’s here in my study, watching the DVD of Rent over and over. It keeps her relaxed so the TV is hers. I figured I could get whatever news I wanted from the internet.
I checked my mail and there was a press release from the EcoWaste Coalition entitled “Now that the people have cast their ballots, let the eco-cleanup begin”. How apt to talk about cleanup. I took this photo yesterday in Cubao, Quezon City, in front of the Ramon Magsaysay High School and you can see how much cleaning up will be required after the voting ends tonight.
Heck, we couldn’t even see the sky anymore — just all those posters. And it wasn’t a unique scene. Everywhere where there was a public school (a voting precinct, in other words), the posters were as thick as the face of the crassest politician you’ve ever met.
In another part of Quezon City, the posters were falling off the walls — peeling because there were layers and layers of them pasted one over the other as candidates sought to literally erase their opponents by pasting their own faces over theirs.
Anyway, so I updated myself with some of today’s events and I was so disgusted to read that three Vice Presidential candidates couldn’t even respect queues.
Some registered voters in Malabon got irritated when Nacionalista Party (NP) vice-presidential guest candidate Loren Legarda went ahead of the queue at the precinct when polls opened on Monday…
“Ma’am, pila po kayo,” some voters said.
“Ay pila ba to, ay sorry ha? Gusto nyo akong pumila, balik ako sa pila? Sobrang bagal ba?” replied Legarda.
Despite the appeal of those who were in line, Legarda still proceeded to vote ahead of them.
Later, Legarda called ABS-CBN entertainment reporter Marie Lozano, who covered the event, to say that she was merely ushered into her precinct. The media that crowded her also led her to go direct to her precinct.
Lozano later tweeted that Legarda was not the only VP bet who did not fall in line. She said there were also those who pointed out that Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay also went ahead of the queue at their respective polling precincts.
Wow, since when did reporters set the rules in polling precincts? Such a simple rule and they wouldn’t even respect it? If they were senior citizens, it might be justified. But none of those three are senior citizens.
Hell, I really don’t like politicians.
UPDATE @ 5.06 p.m. From Lala: