They say that elections are the only time in the country where the distribution of wealth is equalized. It\u2019s a funny thought, but once it sinks in there\u2019s a bitter aftertaste that follows. Because once the election\u2019s over we get the short end of the stick again.\r\n\r\nOne thing\u2019s for sure, election season is certainly a very colorful time. As seats of power and wealth become up for grabs, it creates a vacuum that leads to jostling, positioning, and campaigning. The analogy of a circus descending on us becomes an apt analogy as candidates make clowns of themselves (click this link to view a few examples) just to be remembered by voters with short attention spans.\r\n\r\nI won\u2019t just say who I\u2019ll vote for, but I\u2019ll come out and say that I won\u2019t shade the circle of a smarmy douchebag whose political career is riddled with anomalous dealings.\r\n\r\nI made a list of the things I want from the next leaders who will occupy the positions we vote them into. It\u2019s not a wish list of impossibilities like subway systems and creating a tax for jejemons, it\u2019s a more practical listing, but I still wish it will come true.\r\n\r\nSo before we all vote on Monday, here\u2019s a list of something I believe a candidate has to live up to. And let\u2019s all pray to God the Comelec doesn\u2019t screw this up for us.\r\n\r\n1.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Roads and infrastructure projects that are 100 percent kickback-free \u2013 Our cars depreciate faster than countries with good roads because of the pockmarked streets we have. I believe in the competency of engineers, I bet the streets would last longer if every peso budgeted for them actually went into building them.\r\n\r\n2.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Don\u2019t play with the road signs \u2013 When Bayani Fernando stepped down as MMDA head, all the pink signs he put up were replaced by green signs. These are supposedly for a more environmental thrust, the fact that administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro\u2019s campaign color is green is just a magical coincidence. Now I have nothing against Bigo, I mean Gibo. I think he\u2019s a very qualified candidate, albeit tainted by being associated with Arroyo Baggins. What I don\u2019t like is the traffic signs being changed with each MMDA chairman. They tolerated Bayani\u2019s pink obsession when he was on the administration\u2019s side, but now they can\u2019t stand it because he\u2019s against them now? These are traffic signs not campaign materials, leave them alone.\r\n\r\n3.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Professionalize traffic enforcers \u2013 Pick them right, teach them the laws, have them enforce the laws without bias, and pay them enough to be able to resist bribes better. That\u2019s it.\r\n\r\n4.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Enforce a real driver\u2019s test \u2013 The behavior of a lot of cars and especially public utility vehicles on the road belie the existence of rational and logical thinking in those behind their wheels. I\u2019ve said this before: make the driver\u2019s test real, not a formality. If they flunk, have them study and take it again.\r\n\r\n5.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Remove security escorts \u2013 If memory serves me right, the only public officials allowed to have security escorts are the President, Vice President, Senate President, and Speaker of the House. That\u2019s only four motorcades. So how come we see so many blinking cars with escorts on the road? And they\u2019re not exactly the most polite either. The big SUV escorts practically force motorists to one side to make way for the VIPs. It\u2019s not my idea of a public servant. This unofficial privilege of bullying their way to traffic promotes the idea that they\u2019re above us, and insulates them from the hassle of dealing with metro gridlock. How can they relate to our problems if they\u2019re exempted from it? I wish I could see who\u2019s behind the tinted windows of the expensive vehicles being escorted, so that I know who NOT to vote for.\r\n\r\n6.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Make car registration every three years \u2013 It\u2019s already being done for new cars, why not make it retroactive? Even if we pay more by lumping three years of fees into one registration, it adds convenience by making us return only every three years.\r\n\r\n7.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Curb smuggling \u2013 Our local car industry is resilient. It managed to grow last year despite a worldwide recession. Yet, every time smugglers bring in cars and don\u2019t pay taxes, it hurts the local car industry and the government; carmakers are deprived of rightful income, the government is deprived of tax revenue. It also creates an unfair playing field. They say the reason smuggling can\u2019t be stamped out is because the protector is very high up, and despite frequent visits to the hospital it seems even the devil doesn\u2019t want to take him. The car industry gives so much revenue to the government, but I can\u2019t think of an active government initiative to protect and nurture the industry. We need a leader who thinks of the industry\u2019s welfare.\r\n\r\n8.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Ban putting names on anything \u2013 To those who put their faces and names on government projects like lamp posts, basketball courts, and street renovations, let me get this straight. You\u2019re doing your job by building improvements in my community, using my tax money, and you want us to be grateful for it?? Do you know what temerity means?\r\n\r\n9.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Prevent Ondoy from happening again \u2013 I know this is akin to preventing an Act of God, and I\u2019m not trying to place blame on a specific entity. But I want a leader who learned from this ordeal that we, our friends and loved ones went through, and take steps to avert this catastrophe. I don\u2019t know how specifically, but I\u2019m not running for public office.\r\n\r\n10.\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Be honest to us \u2013 We don\u2019t expect you to be a savior, we don\u2019t expect you to eradicate poverty (anyone who promises that is a loon), we don\u2019t expect you to be the solution to decades of accumulated woes. After a president who pretended he was for the masses, and a president who was never voted into office, the bar is set pretty low. All we ask, for a start, is you be honest and transparent. We know you\u2019ll make mistakes, we know your resolve will falter, but never use convenient lies in lieu of difficult admissions. We\u2019ll know if you\u2019re lying, years of being lied to have made us familiar with the concept. Trust us, and we\u2019ll trust you.