Changing the political culture — by campaigning early?

President Noynoy Aquino endorses Mar Roxas
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Liberal Party (LP) Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento says that the LP will run a “positive campaign” to elect Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to the Presidency.

“It’s just sad that some people are using name-calling and foul personal attacks to bring down their perceived political rivals,” Congressman Sarmiento said. “We at the LP are not only committed to reform the old and corrupt system of governance, we are (also) working hard to change our prevailing political culture.”

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NO, this isn’t about the self-serving attempt to deodorize martial law and the role of such individuals as Juan Ponce Enrile in it, in the worst case of historical revisionism since Gregorio Zaide claimed that Spanish conquest was the best thing that ever happened to these islands.

Two events occurred in the past week during which the political dynasties that have had a monopoly over political power in this country since 1946 went on an in-your-face display of how, despite the occasional shootings among them, they’re all in the business of running this country into the ground together. Both events showed that even if they do sometimes fight for power and its spoils, basically they’re all one family, whatever the difference in the names of their so-called “political parties,” which makes elections not about choice, but about keeping the same people and their relatives in government.

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