Through the observations of the past elections however, we could clearlysee that our election process, in fact, is not fair at all. First of all, inevery election that we had in the Philippines there is always issues aboutelectoral sabotage such as, vote buying or the manipulation of votes.
Forinstance, the electoral sabotage case against former President GloriaMacapagal-Arroyo committed on or before May 14, 2007 where the three supposedly(Arroyo, Ampatuan, and Bedol) conspired and aided each other to guarantee a”12-0″ victory for the senatorial candidates of Arroyo’s “team unity” wherethey “deliberately, feloniously and illegally meddled with the provincialcertificate of canvass of votes, the reports of votes by city or municipalityand summary account of votes for the province of Maguindanao” (Andrade, 2011). Anothercase was in Guagua town, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting(PPCRV) confirmed that some ballots in Precinct 0169-A in Betis ElementarySchool were “pre-shaded “to favor a mayoral candidate. House Minority LeaderDanilo Suarez, whose son David is running for re-election as Quezon governor,said the province’s second district, as well as Lucena City, is the center of suspectedvote-buying, with P1,000 to P2,000 being offered to each voter (Inquirer, 2013).In addition to that, there are also a lot of cases of political dynasties inthe Philippines wherein a certain family runs the government of a certain area,thus these families hold most of the power in areas of their jurisdiction.Although it is prohibited by the Constitution (Sec.
26, Art. II, 1987Constitution), according to a study conducted by Prof. Roland Simbolan, 94%or73 out of 80 provinces of the Philippines have political dynasties (Simbolan,2013). Some well-known political dynasties are, the Marcoses who have been apolitical force in Ilocos Norte since 1925, some had become senators, and oneeven became a president, and the Ampatuans who have set Maguindanao as theirturf in the 1960s.
Another influential political dynasty is the Binays who haveMakati as their bailiwick ever since 1986 (Santos, 2010).