The Philippines elections
The Philippines national and local elections are held every on the second Monday of May every third year starting 1992. The presidential and vice presidential elections are held every six years. Election Days in which the president and vice president and barangay officials are not elected are called “midterm elections” . Election Days in which the president and vice president are elected are called “presidential elections.” Barangay-level officials, although are currently elected in the same year as the other officials, are elected separately the succeeding months.
Aquino has called for the mid-term polls, in which thousands of local leaders plus national legislators will be elected, to be a referendum on his efforts to transform a corrupt political system and an under performing economy in the Philippines.
Aquino swept into power with a landslide election victory in 2010 on a promise to fight corruption that he blames for crushing poverty in the country of 100 million people.
Economic Growth in the Philippines
Opinion polls show he remains one of the country’s most popular presidents ever, with the Philippines currently enjoying economic growth faster than every other nation in the Asia-Pacific except for China.
Aquino’s high-profile war on corruption, which has seen charges laid against his predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, has also won widespread support.
More than 52 million people are expected to cast their votes in the mid-term elections, a crucial test of President Aquino’s performance so far.
People will also elect thousands of local leaders, from town and city mayors to provincial governors and the President Mr Aquino called for Monday’s elections to be referendum and on his efforts to transform a corrupt political system and an under performing economy.
A speech made by the Presidential deputy spokesperson said ” If people are happy with what they have seen in the past three years, and if they want us to continue, then vote for Team PNoy,” president Aquino’s nickname.
Police security guards and the military are on heightened alert to prevent any violence near polling booths
Around 60 people were killed in election-related violence since campaigning began in February.
There are some what familiar names on the ballot sheets, again this term, many with links to corruption or violence. Among them is Imelda Marcos, the 83-year-old wife of ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos, She is widely expected to win a second term in the nation’s lower house representing a northern province which has for decades remained a family stronghold.
Meanwhile, former president Joseph Estrada, evicted in a popular uprising in 2001 and later convicted of committing plunder while in office, is running to become mayor of the country’s capital, Manila.
Over the next three years, the President will focus on expanding the tax base and reforming the mining sector so that big firms pay higher taxes.
Philippines Peace Deal is Near
The president Mr Aquino is close to signing a final peace deal with the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), potentially ending a rebellion in the south that has killed more than 150,000 since the 1970s. his aim is to get both houses of parliament – the Senate and the House of Representatives– to pass a law creating a new autonomous region to be governed by the MILF in the south.
Mr Aquino won power in a landslide election three years ago, when he promised to crush corruption. He has since consistently scored high popularity ratings for nursing the Philippines back to fiscal health and prosecuting corrupt officials, including former president Gloria Arroyo, who is now in detention while being tried for alleged massive corruption.