Heating up
PERSPECTIVE - Cherry Piquero Ballescas (The Freeman) - March 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Expect the heat to rise even more, now that the two Es are here --El Niño and Elections.

Earlier in February, the World Meteorological Organization said that “the chance of an El Niño event to occur during March-May 2019 is estimated to be about 50-60%.”

What is El Niño?

It is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator. PAG-ASA (the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration) defined El Niño as “the warm phase of ENSO” which occurs every two to seven years and lasts eight to 12 months.

ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) is “a naturally occurring phenomenon of the climate system resulting from the interaction between the ocean and atmosphere in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.”

With El Niño, expect extended dry season, delayed onset of the rainy season, weak monsoon activity, fewer tropical cyclones, below normal rainfall, with dry spell or drought conditions in most parts of the country, and above normal air temperature.

Everyone is enjoined to be prepared as El Niño is expected to bring even higher temperatures during the hottest months of April and May.

Preparation is key, so search for information about coping with El Niño. Also remember these initial reminders: 1.) Keep hydrated, 2.) Keep cool, 3.) Wear light colors, 4.) Conserve water, and 5.) Brace for storms and floods.

The same alert for preparation needs to be sounded off for elections as well. Are you all preparing adequately, wisely for the May elections?

With the campaigns heated up and intensified, are you all on guard for truthful versus fake information?

Have you noticed how the trolls are actively posting fake photos of huge crowds attending the rallies of the administration’s senatorial bets? Have you also read the fake information about this administration’s candidates?

With this administration arrogantly confident about winning, why still resort to fake news and information? Why not trust our people to wisely vote for their choices based on truthful information?

One obvious answer: This administration won on the basis of fake news and information, on mind conditioning. Rather than educate our voters by sharing honest and truthful information about their candidates and their platforms, this administration intends to win through the only way they know --fake their way through the truth and convince gullible voters through lies and black propaganda versus the truly deserving opposition candidates!

Another reason for the fake news/information involves hiding the truth about their candidates’ credentials. Best to hide the thieves in their lineup who refuse to return the millions in public funds they stole, best to hide those who have no high academic credentials, best to lure people on the basis of personalities, their powerful endorsers and focus on destroying the credibility and truth espoused by the opposition.

Like the preparations for El Niño, best for us all to brace for the May elections as well.

For the voters, these reminders: 1.) Keep yourself informed, 2.) Stay on the side of truth, 3.) Campaign and vote for genuine, public servants, 4.) Help ensure clean and honest elections, and, 5.) Join the daily prayer campaign for God’s elect to win.

Let us all stay vigilant, watching out and ensuring that people and their votes are respected and protected!

Let us all unite against and expose trolls and their fake news and lies!

Let us together use prayer as our weapon to defeat those who tempt and lure voters to their evil goals and ways.

Let us elect God, our truth, our way, and our life.

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