Often, I write articles where I tell you how things here are a bit different from what you might expect. Life here is not the same as what you might be used to, and that is true in almost every aspect of life here.
Recently, I’ve written a couple of articles talking about how the elections are coming up here in the Philippines. In May 2010, every elective office in the country is up for grabs, from the President of the Republic right down to the Barangay Captain! So, 2010 will be an interesting year.
There are lots of people who have filed to run for President, some of them are relatively unknown people, some are very well know. Of course, if there are lots of people running for President, there are also lots of people running for Vice President as well.
Some of the better known President/Vice President teams in the running include:
- Noynoy Aquino for President; Mar Roxas for Vice President
- Gilbert Teodoro for President; Edu Manzano for Vice President
- Richard Gordon for President; Bayani Fernando for Vice President
Of course, there are many other tandem teams in the running, but I am just pointing out a few, for the sake of discussion.
Now, hold on Bob… the title of the article says “something a bit different.” What’s different about this? You have people running for President, and they have running mates who are running for Vice President. In what way is this different?
Well, you are right. At first look, it would appear that this is just the same as it is in much of the world, and particularly in the USA. I mean, in the US, just last year you had:
- Barack Obama running for President; Joe Biden running for Vice President
- John McCain running for President; Sarah Palin running for Vice President
So, how is it any different?
Well, my friends… here in the Philippines, even though these people are running as teams… you don’t vote for the team. You see, you can vote for one person for President, and a different person for Vice President! What I mean is that you could presumably vote for Noynoy for President, and vote for Bayani Fernando for Vice President!
Whoa, Bob.. what do you mean? How could you do that? They are from two different parties!
Indeed, they are. You see, when you go in to vote, you have one election going on for President, and a totally different election for Vice President!
And, I imagine you are wondering if it ever actually happens that the President and Vice President come from different parties. Well, yes, they do. For example, in 1998, Joseph Estrada was elected as President of the Republic, while Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was elected as Vice President. These two are from rival parties! In 2004, Arroyo was elected as President. Her running mate was Noli de Castro. Both Arroyo and de Castro won the elections. However, the Vice Presidential candidate of the main rival party’s Vice Presidential candidate was Loren Legarda. Legarda nearly won the election, and an election challenge went on for years before Legarda conceded defeat when she decided to run for Senate again.
So, not only is it possible, it is somewhat likely that the new President next year will come from a completely different Political Party from the new Vice President.
Now, don’t you agree that his is a bit different from what you might expect? I sure do!