Filipinos Look Forward to May 13, 2013 General Election
Prof. Liwayway Memije-Cruz
People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing. ~Walter H. Judd
The entire Filipino people of voting age are in a state of euphoria and with festive moods are really looking forward to the May 13, 2013 Philippine General Election. This is a day for them to hope for good things to come with candidates they deemed right to be elected for the positions. Despite the issues, challenges and minor problems in almost parts of the entire nation, every Filipino joins together in working towards a peaceful election. Filipino voters and candidates are seen with high spirits as the election day is approaching.
The said election is composed of 18,022 national and local positions. These are composed of 12 senators, 229 congressmen for the House of Representatives, 80 provincial governors, 80 provincial vice- governors, 766 members of provincial legislature, 138 city mayors, 138 city vice mayors, 1,532 members of City Council, 1,496 municipal mayors,1,496 municipal vice mayors and 11,972 members of the municipal council. Party-list representatives will also be elected. Meanwhile, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be voting for one regional governor, one regional vice-governor and 24 regional assemblymen. The 2013 Philippine General Election will be the 31st election in the Philippine Senate. Senatorial candidates will vie for the 12 seats of the 24 seats in the Senate. There are the two formed coalitions for this election. These are the Team PNoy , headed by President Noynoy Aquino III of Liberal Party and the United Nationalists Alliance (UNA) , led by the former presidentof Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.
Since the would - be elected officials will be taking their respective oaths of office on June 30, 2013 and it would also be coinciding with the half-term of office of President Aquino III, the 2013 Philippine General Election is considered as a mid-term election.