2018-06-24 17:02:00 (UTC+08:00)
By Willie N. Ng
Manila Bulletin, December 2, 2003
PRESIDENTIAL aspirants are outdoing one another, batting out new versions of the traditional promises to combat corruption, crime, unemployment, poverty, and other national ills unsolved in the past decades.
Can such reworked promises win votes? Familiarity breeds contempt and such promises, revived and reimposed every three years on the helpless voters, have made them derisive: "What, again?"
Hence the need to call in celebrated movie actors and singers to lure their fans to political rallies where, after the entertainment, the audiences feel obliged to listen to the speeches.