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Date Posted: 03:10:40 04/17/04 Sat
Author: Alecks
Subject: The X men - the truth!

The X-Men: The Story of Activists-Turned-Political-Consultants
as told to Luz Rimban

Former communists are today's campaign operatives and political mechanics.

JOSE Ma. Sison should cry at all the wasted talent. He could have won the revolution if the movement had stayed its course and kept its children from straying into the forbidden capitalist and reactionary world. (He shares a large part of the blame, too, of course, for steering a hard-line course and ousting not to mention possibly ordering the elimination of some of the best cadres from the party.) At any rate, these days, many of us who used to be part of the underground are all over the place. Some of us run telecommunications companies, public utilities, banks, and even the highest offices of government. Many form that segment of the middle class that supports decent candidates.

Read on...http://www.pcij.org


First-World Techniques, First-World Setting

The Philippines uses state-of-the-art campaign techniques, but its elections are taking place in a political culture that is pre-modern and oriented toward the family.

With a Little Help from (U.S.) Friends

U.S. political consultants have been involved in Philippine elections since the Marcos era, contributing their expertise in campaign techniques to homegrown politicians.

Much Ado about Numbers

Surveys were first used in the 1953 presidential elections and they have been an invaluable but not always infallible guide to candidates ever since.

Read on...http://www.pcij.org
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