Six Criteria for Choosing Candidates to Support in the May 2022 Elections

MACAPADO A. MUSLIM, Ph.D.
University Professor (Ret,) &
Former President
Mindanao State University

In the upcoming May 2022 elections, I will choose candidates with significant strengths in the following six criteria of effective political leadership:

1.0 CHARACTER

1.1 Integrity or incorruptibility (based           
     largely on faith, aside from rule of law);
1.2 Moral stature;
1.3 Credibility; and
1.4 Capacity to inspire, influence and   
      transform.

2.0 COMPETENCE

2.1 Educational attainment and leadership 
      experience;
2.2 Capacity to grasp the domestic and
      International intricacies of public
      governance in the contemporary
      world;
2.3 Analytical ability and practical
      wisdom; and
2.4 Capacity or potential to provide
      democratic, technocratic, long-term-
      oriented, synergistic and strategic
      leadership.

3.0 CAPACITY TO PROVIDE HEALING,
      UNIFYING, ALL-INCLUSIVE, AND
      CARING LEADERSHIP

3.1 Capacity to provide good governance
      for all sectors, groups and
      communities;
3.2 Concern for the poor and
      marginalized sectors;
3.3 Emphasis on peaceful approaches to
      conflicts and crucial national issues;
3.4 Capacity to engage constructively the
      business and civil society sectors as
      partners; and
3.5 Capacity to provide centripetal
      leadership to rein in and transform
      extremist elements.

4.0 POLITICAL DECISIVENESS

4.1 Capacity for autonomous or
      independent decision-making
      vis-a-vis particularistic interest
      groups;
4.2 Capacity to assert general welfare
      Imperatives vis-a-vis the
      Interests of prebendalist political
      allies and supporters;
4.3 Capacity for leadership in times of
      crisis and emergency;
4.4 Capacity to confront, manage and
      transform  conflicts and challenges;
      and
4.5 Capacity to enforce discipline snd
      compliance, ensure rule of law (not
      rule by law) and democratic
      accountability, and protect human
      rights.

5.0 REFORMIST ORIENTATION

5.1 Involvement in reform advocacy,
     planning and implementation;
5.2 Affiliation with genuinely progressive
      reform or cause-oriented groups,
      organizations or political parties;
5.3 Capacity to grasp the systemic and
      multidimensional nature of public
      governance and its ecosystem; and
5.4 Support for urgently needed
      political structural or institutional
      reforms to correct some fundamental   
      foundational flaws of the Philippine
      political system, particularly the
      the need to shift from presidential
      to parliamentary and from unitary to
      federal systems, and the
      strengthening of our electoral and
      political party systems.

6.0 MULTICULTURALIST LEADERSHIP

6.1 Recognition and respect for 
     cultural diversity;
6.2 Capacity for effective interfaith
      leadership;
6.3 Emphasis on consociational
      leadership; and
6.4 Capacity to address the demands and   
      requirements of both national unity
      and cultural diversity.

Although designed primarily for the top positons of President and Vice President, this scheme is also applicable to senatorial candidates, and to top ledrrship positions at the regional and local levels. Moreover, it can be used as a framework or guide for leadership capacity building and political career path planning and enhancement for incumbent and aspiring national, regional and local leaders.

[Comments may be sent to: mcmuslim756@gmail.com.]

Dr. Macapado Abaton Muslim obtained his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii (as an East-West Center scholar), MPA (Management) from University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance, and BSPA from Mindanao State University. He had served as President of the 11-campus MSU System, and retired recently as University Professor. Currently serving as Professorial Lecturer in the Dostor of Public Administration (DPA) program of MSU.

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