Updated: March 23, 2016
The candidate who will win this year’s presidential election will be the most influential person in the Philippines for the next six years. That’s why I’m doing my best to choose the most competent person for the position.
Much like investing, I believe that one cannot simply rely on emotions and gut feel when selecting whom to vote for. There is a need to have a logical, information-based system that can efficiently determine who is most suited to be the next Philippine president.
And thus, I came up with exactly that, which I’d like to share below. My simple hope is that you can consider using it too in determining the candidate who deserves to be written in your ballot.
The system uses a spreadsheet that will tabulate each candidate’s scores according to two sets of criteria – Character and Platform.
The Character criterion lists the traits that I believe a president should possess to be an effective and efficient leader of the country.
Meanwhile, the Platform criterion evaluates the candidates’ stand and plan of action on various issues that are important to me.
In the end, points are added up and the one who has the highest score will get my vote. The system is that simple.
For me, the next Philippine president should not be tainted with corruption, has a good grasp of foreign and domestic issues, and charismatic among other things.
A candidate receives 10 points for each trait that they possess, and if ever you’ll use this system, you can customize the list with your own set of mandatory traits.
Next section of the spreadsheet is the Platform criterion where I now list down all the issues that are important to me.
For each candidate, I will now put a score between 0 to 5 depending on how much I agree with their stand on the particular issue. The higher the score, the more I agree with their opinion or plan of action. If a candidate has no platform or stand on that issue, they automatically get a score of zero.
Again, these are issues that are important to me, and if ever you’ll use this system, you should list down the issues which are important to you.
Adding It All Up
The candidate who will get my vote is simply the one who gets the highest score. I should mention that this system puts greater weight on Character because I believe these traits are more important than their stand on various issues.
Also, the scores in the screenshots are just sample data, and the traits and issues that are currently on my spreadsheet may still change as the weeks progress.
And that’s it! This is exactly how I will select the person whose name I will write and hope to become the next president of the Philippines.
Moreover, I will use the exact system for the Vice President position and to likewise fill my senatorial votes.
So are you ready to use this system and choose our country’s next president? Then you may download the Excel spreadsheet here.