Palawan and 1Sambayan: There’s hope

There’s gentle on the finish of the tunnel, Reader. Two occasions this week have satisfied me.

The outcomes of the Palawan plebiscite, on their very own, truly already had my coronary heart leaping with pleasure.

Solely contemplate: On one aspect, you had a lot of the political households in Palawan who wished the break-up of the province into three provinces. And you may see why. There could be extra governorships, extra congressional seats, extra authorities positions to go round.

Then, there have been additionally the firms desirous to get in on Palawan’s pure sources, determining that the partition would give them 3 times extra probabilities of getting what they wished.

And eventually, there was China, which might have the identical reasoning as the firms cited above.

That makes a formidable crew.

Then, on the opposite aspect, you had the Save Palawan Motion comprised of NGOs, CSOs, lecturers, grassroots actions, and many others., primarily attempting to protect the environmental and pure useful resource integrity of Palawan. “One Palawan” was their advocacy. In different phrases, the folks.

It appeared like a straightforward win for the three-Palawan crew, what with the monetary and political sources they’d. Furthermore, the Supreme Courtroom had rejected the SavePalawan/One Palawan plea to cease the plebiscite. However this didn’t dishearten the latter forces, they usually soldiered on.

And received—in 19 municipalities out of 23, and 177,000 over 123,000 votes. That’s what I name a rout. Even the municipalities that may have benefited from the partition voted towards it.

It’s an inspiring story.

What are my takeaways from this unprecedented (David received over Goliath is the outline) victory?

It has disproven the oft-cited assertion that in a easy sure or no query, the sure virtually all the time wins.

The not-so-secret weapon of the Save Palawan/One Palawan Motion are its ladies—particularly Cynthia del Rosario and Gerthie Mayo-Anda.

It places paid to the idea that the Filipino voter is dumb, or doesn’t hassle to investigate the problems. Simply put it to them, and if it is sensible, they’ll do the fitting factor.

One issue that can not be discounted is that the period of time of the marketing campaign interval performed an element. In case you have no monetary sources, you want extra time to succeed in your viewers mano-a-mano.

The conduct of the management was additionally essential: Gov. Jose Alvarez have to be congratulated for what he didn’t do—use goons or weapons—and for what he did—concede defeat on the earliest potential time.

And as if that weren’t sufficient to make my week comes the information of the 1Sambayan group springing as much as unite the opposition. Their reasoning is sensible, and is due to this fact very engaging:

President Duterte was elected by a plurality, not a majority. There have been, in spite of everything, six candidates for president within the 2016 elections. Apparently, lower than 40 p.c of the particular voters, and fewer than 30 p.c of registered voters, voted for him. So if the opposition does unite, the probabilities of victory are very nice (60 p.c of the overall vote)

Filipinos who reject vile manners and language, human rights violations, the “kill-kill” mentality, the weaponization of the legislation towards one’s enemies, the return to authoritarianism, and presumably the subservience to China, can all discover widespread trigger towards him or his chosen candidates.

So all they need to do is unite, and select a typical set of candidates.

And there’s the rub. The Palawan plebiscite proves that monetary and political sources aren’t any match for the folks’s will. So unity is an achievable goal.

The tough half is the selection of the widespread set of candidates. Politicians are after all concerned right here (as potential candidates). What’s to forestall them from disregarding the selection of 1Sambayan, if they don’t seem to be the chosen one?

And the way that closing selection is made is a good trickier matter. Assuming that each one the conveners are acceptable to the aspirants, is the ultimate selection going to be the privilege of the conveners (all 14 or 11 of them, relying on which 1Sambayan doc you’re looking at), or a subset of them, or is it going to be the results of a numbers sport, the place people and organizations vote in the course of the “consultations” that shall be held, apparently everywhere in the Philippines?

Little doubt this can all be made clear within the close to future. And it must be a clear course of. However in the meantime, will or not it’s an excessive amount of to ask our opposition politicians to decide to help the widespread candidates?


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