Do Platforms Really Matter?

RJ Barrete

Do platforms really matter in a democracy, especially in a developing country? Essentially, these political agenda and interests being exercised in a democratic nation serve as a voice or mechanism to forward social and political change to trigger development on various urgent policies that need to be addressed. However, the question is, do platforms really matter to the electorates?

In a country like the Philippines, different platforms and advocacies come into the spotlight in season — during elections. Although, various politicians may have established their brand as warriors and representatives who genuinely stand for their political ideology, social interest, and advocacy.

However, what we see now are general statements shouted by politicians as a form of promise and commitment to the electorates targeting the vulnerable sectors of the society, whom they think are great markets of votes (indigents, women, youth, and other multi-sectoral groups); to exemplify this statement, some forms of motherhood platforms mainly focuses on education, health, labor, economics, and so on. The question is “What about it?”.

2013 Philippine Senatorial Candidates

It is highly relevant for politicians to lay down their platforms with the specific plans on how their “advocacies” will materialize when they are elected in post. Consultations to various sectors must have been done before election period starts, with this; it shows how candidates are aware and ready on what they can offer as public servants of the people.

Why value platforms? Electorates must realize that platforms should not remain a promise. Platforms serve as a visionary instrument of every candidate on where they will bring the country once they are seated in the government. It is imperative for voters to be wise enough to determine whose platforms will materialize through various facets that need to be considered – qualifications, experience in public service, and track record.

With high hopes, it is high time for the Filipino people to realize what “VOTE WISELY” means!

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