Aired on May 1, 2010
Narration by Baben Lumapas
THE FIVE QUALITIES: An Introduction
Today, we introduce the five qualities of a candidate which we believe should provide a useful guide to choosing our leaders on May 10.
First is capacity or ability or kakayahan. This refers to the ability to lead, to fulfill one’s campaign promises; the ability to understand and to solve our social and economic problems, and the courage to fight corruption and other anomalies through the mechanisms of justice.
Second is experience or karanasan. This refers to a track record of governing and leading without fear or favor; everyday experience in dealing with fellow politicians and lawmakers; experience in dealing with the poor; and experience in addressing complex political issues in order to govern properly and wisely.
Third is character or karakter. This refers to a high standard of morality; generosity; being above suspicion or free from corruption; being courageous, strong-willed, and brave; impartiality in leadership and not showing undue favor; fear of God; regard for the poor; and being trustworthy.
Fourth is concrete platforms or policies or kongkretong plataporma. This refers to prioritizing the welfare of the poor and weak; fulfilling what is promised; promoting peace in Mindanao; prioritizing an improved educational system; giving voice to minorities and the voiceless; and guaranteeing more jobs and a better livelihood for everyone.
The last is connection or koneksyon.This refers to the ability to see and to connect with the needs of the poor and the marginalized as well as those of the well-off; and ability to relate well with and earn the respect of local and national, as well as the global communities.
Over the next few days, we will be speaking about these five qualities in more detail. Our hope: that this will form a basis for wise discussions as the polls approach. Let us pray and reflect upon these qualities and how each of our candidates fit the criteria. And as we evaluate the candidates, may each of us in our daily lives and in our personal interactions maintain the same high standards of morality and ethics that we expect of our candidates. For in the end, it is the responsibility of each citizen (not just the government) to do justice, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.