DON’T be deceived by the lack of drama and intensity in the ongoing election campaign. The May 13 midterm election is more consequential than many of us realize.
It will be far-reaching in its impact, and more significant than the media’s superficial portrayal of issues. It could shape the politics of 2022, when the nation elects a new president to succeed Rodrigo Duterte.
When the stakes and costs of the midterms are weighed and reckoned, we will see it for what it is: a battle for the future of the nation.
The administration and its allies and the opposition coalition offer the nation two competing visions of that future. In less than two weeks, the national electorate must decide which vision accords with their hopes for the future, for themselves and for national life.