Sonny Angara invites foreign observers to see maturity of PH electoral process


Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The government should roll out the welcome mat for foreign election observers who are genuinely interested in looking at the integrity of Philippine elections this May, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara told Radyo INQUIRER Saturday.

Angara said that an international consensus on the integrity of the electoral process has the same weight as a credit rating upgrade.

Foreign observers who will visit the country in time for the mid-term elections “will see nothing but the maturity and integrity” of the electoral process, he said.

“Let them observe and write about the integrity of the political processes here,” Angara said.

There will be 18,022 national and local positions to be decided next month—12 senators, 229 district members of the House of Representatives, 80 provincial governors, 80 provincial vice governors, 766 members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial legislature), 138 city mayors, 138 city vice mayors, 1,532 members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council), 1,496 municipal mayors, 1,496 municipal vice mayors, and 11,972 members of the Sangguniang Bayan (municipal council).

In the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), voters will choose one regional governor, one regional vice governor, and 24 regional assemblymen. Party-list representatives will also be elected.

According to Angara, the pursuit of economic growth should be complemented by a demonstration of political maturity.

The lawmaker from Aurora expressed confidence that the elections will be peaceful, honest and credible.

He assured the people that the Liberal Party and other members of the ruling political coalition would not countenance any election-related fraud.

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  • haaay

    maturity? yeah right

  • Nitsog

    If Enrile created Cagayan Economic Zone for their own private advantage so is the Angara’s too! The Aurora Economic Zone did not benefit the people but the Angara.
    Do not vote for the political dynasties, vote not for Angara.


    HINDI na kailangan pa ang foreign observers…..kayang-kaya na yan ni Argueles! :)

  • ThudOthwacker

    Invite them in Aurora too. Let them see APECO’s history. How it all started. The special law legalizing land grabbing by your family.

    Sadly election process may be maturing. But the politics is still in its juvenile form.

  • 100345roselia

    As long as majority of the electorate are less educated (worst “no read / no write”),
    hungry, twisted morality, misplaced priorities & “mababaw ang kaligayahan”, political
    dynasties will continue to expand in every municipalities, cities, provinces & national
    level. Who is to be blamed for the widespread political mess we are in?…the politicians,
    us (the electorate), our kind of political/electoral system or all of the above. To recap:
    How do we solve the problem? Any suggestions my dear internet users.

  • kismaytami

    What maturity and integrity is this clown talking about? All we have here are a bunch gullible voters fool enough to be swayed by jingles and loads of crappy promises from politicians, who in turn are stupid enough to screw the people after being elected.

  • Hey_Dudes

    If anything else, what this illustrate is – as a backward country known for a dazzling number of deaths before and after every elections, we really need foreign observers to watch the mediocrity of our election process and it’s attending circus. It is nothing to be proud of Mr. Angara.

  • kilabot

    foreign observers don’t have to come
    to see maturity of electoral process,
    they just have to look at elected ph politicians and they’ll know.

  • Arcsolo

    maturity comes from the lessons we have learned on mistakes done and atonement. we may have gone this far to become free, but filipino’s will note that freedom here in our country is all talk, less progress.

    maturity is correcting the wrong’s in our system, like the flourishing of political dynasties. safeguarding the electoral ballots. campaigning on issues and not on personal appeal or namesake. campaigning on the right amount and how to campaign correctly. these are just among the few i see that are hindrances in our maturity.

    the only thing that i think matured are the old politicians retiring behind their campaigning son’s, daughters, wives, and worse – their mistresses. i don’t find that mature. in america, they call it manure.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Yeah come to the barangay/local presinto at dun mo makikita kung paano gumamit ng 3ple G mga yan. Maturity, OK!

  • kenzhinn

    I think we should be positive dito, kaya nga sabi nya ” Let them observe and write about the integrity of the political processes”, para mapakita sa mga banyaga ang takbo ng Eleksyon sa atin ay maayos na or hindi. For me, pakapositibo ako dito at sa tingin ko maganda ang magiging resulta, tipong walang daya na mangyayari, that’s why Angara is confident to bring foreign observers for the electoral process..

    • talbosngkamote

      that’s right, we can show other countries how good our electoral process is. This way, we could attract more business/partnership with them for PH’s economical growth.

      • Castronaut

        bakit hindi. malaki na naimprove ng country natin mula nung nagkaroon ng bagong administration and malaki din ang trust ko that this elections will be clean.

    • birador45

      God Bless the Philippines! bsta lahat tau mgkakaisa mgtatagumpay tayo.. suportado ako dito! ayuZ!

  • miiimiiiiiing

    ….sa palagay ko naman na magiging matured at malinis yung elections this year….parang naghipgpit na talaga yung mga resposible dito… nakakatuwa nga na yung Comelec natin naghigpit na din diba?…..miiimmminnnng!

    • talbosngkamote

      confident din ako sa integrity & maturity naten when it comes to the process of our elections.

      • TylerZO

        And of course we have to trust our country din for this one. Instead of saying bad things on your own country, why not make a change? help, volunteer, be heard or anything basta we can contribute kahit small ways lang.

    • karunungan32

      natumbok mo..

  • kapitkapatiran

    Angara is right,, It’s our chance din para mapatunay na malinis na ang eleksyon satin bansa….. I thnk it a good idea…..

    • transit03

      YUP mabuti nga may tulad ni sir Sonny,, It means he believes that this coming Election will be clean. kaya need natin ng foreign observers para mamonitor din nila ang Eleksyon dito sa Pinas. so tayo din magbebenefit dito

  • Castronaut

    Just like what he said, I don’t think LP/Team pNoy would not countenance any election-related fraud. They don’t need it. They’re actually doing well with the surveys and all. We are starting to attract businesses from neighboring countries and i’m pretty sure we won’t do anything to turn them off.

    • TylerZO

      Trust the Philippines. We can get thru this.

    • kasanggangbayan

      Yup, gaya nga ng sinabi ko hiya nalang nila sa ibang bansa kung mandaraya pa sila..

    • thomasita555


    • vanibee

      Sikat na sila para gawin yun. Yung mga underdogs yung kelangang bantayan mabuti.

  • TylerZO

    > I have high hopes that our electoral process to improve more. they do hve a point that this is an integral part on our ‘econ growth.’

    > I’ll trust comelec or whoever handles our process in the election. Let’s give them a chance din.

    • birador45

      Oo tama k,, Mapapakita natin sa ibang bansa na maayos na ang Eleksyon dito.. these foreign observers will be a tool to make this election successful with honesty and integrity.

  • vanibee

    Just let them observe us. .Go lang ako basta makaka benefit sa tin yung cause ng mga politiko natin.

    • babylaki

      yes thats what im thinking ehh';

  • kasanggangbayan

    Sang Ayun ako,,, atleast mawawala na yang mga lokong pulitika na mandaraya sa eleksyon…… atleast kpag may foreign observrs mapagtutuunan ng pansin ang Eleksyon.. hiya nalang nila sa ibang bansa kung mandadaya pa sila.. tsk..

    • thomasita555

      tama ka @kasanggangbayan:disqus ms mlaki chnce na mbawasan ang pndaraya s election

  • karunungan32

    that’s right/ these foreign observers will bring this election to the right way.

  • babylaki

    they will observe the maturity and integrity of the Electoral Process of the election.. kaya maganda yan to know us na di na tayo tulad ng dati.. And I’m hoping for it..

  • catalansbarce

    Sana ‘yong natatalong kandidato hindi na magsabi na nadaya sila
    sa PCO’S machine. Sana after the results of the election., ‘yong natalong
    kandidato mag congratulate sa kanyang katunggali.., gaya sa Europe at USA.
    Iyan ang isa sa mga katangian na tayo ay ” matured” na. MABUHAY

  • Stuubs

    What maturity are they taking about? we are having the worst election campaign ever where most candidates are behaving like a bunch of immature kids and clowns…from the president down to the last councilor have nothing but just empty talk and lies ..go ahead take them to observe the Estrada/Lim debate or the pres Aquino’s whining against governor Ejercito . most politicians are wasting most of their time and energy in personal attacks and mud sliding with their opponents instead of presenting their plans and platforms to the clueless voting public !….whether we admit it or not, it’s sad to say that we Filipinos are still immature when it comes to political elections.

  • kenzhinn

    malaki tiwala ko sa magiging process natin ngayong taon at sigurado ako na magiging maganda ang takbo ng election natin ngayon

    • kapitkapatiran

      Yan nga sabi ko kahapon dito. And this time, at least kumampi tayo sakakayanan ng bansa natin. Masyado na tayong nega sa sariling atin If we change that mindset, baka may mabago. diba?

      • T_O_S_H_I_O

        That’s what is stopping us to progress further. Let’s drop our negativity and just move on.

    • T_O_S_H_I_O

      I think so too.

  • T_O_S_H_I_O

    Everytime I hear foreigners to our country, I always think about “business”. I think it’s best to impress them so we could strengthen our partnership with them and have more opportunities for each of us.

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