By Lala Ordenes, VERA Files
"THE election is war, there is no room for gentleness."
This is the advice of newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca to non-governmental organization (NGO) members who are fielding or supporting candidates in the 2013 elections.
"It doesn't mean you have to cheat, but you have to treat this as a war, you have to be strong, you have to be tough," Padaca said.
Padaca is a founding member of Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, a group that, according to its website, "aim(s) to espouse genuine change and ethical leadership" by "promoting transparency, social accountability, people empowerment and electoral reforms."
While Kaya Natin is an NGO, some of its members, whom they refer to as champions, are elected government officials.
Most of the group's more prominent champions did not win in the 2010 national and local elections. Padaca herself lost her gubernatorial bid to a member of the powerful Dy dynasty in Isabela.Read More »from ‘Election is war’ — Padaca