Just today, I stumbled upon a blog (marroxas2010.blogspot.com) which claims to the “dedicated to the people who want to ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT Senator Mar Roxas as the next President of the Philippines.” It also claims to be the “1st blog of the 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections.” Two things immediately crossed my mind.
First, it’s never too early to start the 2010 Presidential race, or any elections for that matter. The gap between elections (3 years for Congress and other elective officials, 6 years for the President and Vice-President) is theoretically meant for the winning candidate to serve the people, and not to think about the next elections. This is most probably the reason why early campaigning is a criminal offense.
Second, the next elections will most likely be an affirmation of the power of blogs. In fact, I believe that the site for Sen. Mar Roxas is not the “1st blog of the 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections.” Months back, I also stumbled on a similar blog — for Sen. Richard Gordon (teamgordon2010.blogspot.com). The blog header reads: ‘We are just ordinary citizens working for change and trying to make a difference. Hand to hand and heart to heart, building a better future today. Through this blog we hope to reach out to the people whose lives have been touched and changed for the better by Dick Gordon. Let us all come together and help elect Dick Gordon for President in 2010.” (Note: please see comment of Kevin Chua below, which means that I could be wrong)
So, whose 2010 blog is next?