First things first. I did not vote for Rody Duterte. Ilalatag ko na yun agad habang maaga pa.
I voted for Mar Roxas for President. I had my reasons, of course; the same way that those who voted for Digong had their reasons as well.
The point, however, is simply this: our reasons for voting (or not voting) are all valid and should be respected – no matter what. It is our right to express our political opinions and preferences and the most concrete expression of that right would be our actual votes during election day. Which means that if we really believe in the importance of this tool of democracy called elections, we should learn to respect and — though it’s sometimes very hard to do — accept the outcome.
After all, we can’t always have what we want all the time, right?
So I will say this: even if the guy sometimes scares me… and his family scares me… and his friends scare me… and his advisers scare me… and his plans scare the bejeezus out of me… I accept his victory.
And I wish him well. I wish him success in his six years in office as President of the Philippines. For the people have spoken; and as they say, the voice of the People is the voice of God.
But… of course there is a “but;” there’s always a “but”… I hope to God his promise to bring “change” to our country does not destroy it at the same time.
Change is good. Change is inevitable.
But change can be achieved through many different ways, so we don’t always have to choose the most traumatic ways to effect change; more so if our leaders seem hell-bent on doing exactly that.
Amazing. I was so caught up in my work these past few months that I completely overlooked blogging about the 2016 Elections. I know my blogging has been quite irregular lately (to say the least), but to not blog anything at all about the elections?! That’s not right!
But better late than never, right? Also, late blogging affords me the opportunity to be… let’s just say, less passionate about the topic.
So the campaign period has come and gone… the voting has finally finished… and the counting almost over. Many local candidates have already been proclaimed and people are now waiting for the proclamation of the new set of national leaders. Of course, the outcomes are already clear (except probably for the VP race) and one already has an inkling – depending on which side of the line you were on during the campaign – of how good, or bad, the next six years will be for you.
In my case, I’m both worried and relieved.
Worried because the incoming President did make many worrying pronouncements during the campaign. Worried because He seems intent on pushing through with his ideas. Worried because the current make-up of his Cabinet seems to be a recipe for ceaseless infighting.
I am quite relieved, though, that the poisoned atmosphere that was the campaign has finally dissipated — with some hardcore exceptions, of course. There always are. I am also relieved that the elections were generally peaceful and fair (again with some exceptions). And I am very much relieved that “democracy,” such as we know it in the Philippines, is still very much alive, albeit more smudged, scratched and dingy than before.
It’s not wishful thinking to clamor for change. I only hope that it is the kind of change that we can all live with (and not die from).
What’s wrong with just saying “NO” when faced with the dilemma of having to select from several equally-unacceptable choices? After all, choosing the “lesser evil” is still choosing something “evil,” ‘di ba? So why choose it in the first place?
We always hear this “lesser evil” argument issue raised whenever elections are near, as if not choosing (read: not voting for) anyone is the worst evil of all. I think not. In fact, I believe the opposite to be true — i.e., not voting for anyone is way better than adding your vote to the mandate of a politician you don’t really trust.
Which leads me to this other common, election-related argument that not filling-in the Ballot entirely is a bad thing and that we’re somehow losing out by not maximizing the opportunity to include other candidates. There is something very wrong with this mindset. I really wouldn’t have any problem with filling-in all the blanks IF I had a lot of good choices to pick from. Ang kaso, wala eh. At most, we get a handful of good candidates from the pool of mediocre, thieving, clueless, and idiotic trapos we are regularly forced to choose from.
Kaya ako, I will only vote for candidates I really, REALLY believe in. And if that means submitting a Ballot with a lot of blank spaces, so be it.
Hindi baleng Balota ay butas-butas, basta ang boto ko’y wagas!
By the way, hindi lang angkop ang prinsipyong ito sa pag-boto; it can also be a guide when choosing what to eat/drink, where to go, or what to say. I don’t think that you are losing by choosing to just eat at home and not eat out; by going on staycation instead of going with the throng; or by just keeping quiet.
Ang hindi ko lang talaga maintindihan, sa tuwing sumasapit ang eleksyon, bakit bigla yatang tumataas (ng sobra) ang mga standards natin pagdating sa mga kwalipikasyon at pagkatao ng mga tumatakbo?
Kunsabagay, hindi naman bawal ang mangarap. Ansaya nga sana kung totoong “walang bahid ng korapsyon” ang isang tumatakbo. O di kaya’y talagang “para sa bayan” lamang ang nasa isipan ng isang pulitiko. Kaso, alam naman nating lahat na walang ganung klaseng tao talaga.
Kahit nga mga Santo hindi perpekto, ‘di ba? So why the “extra-optimistic” demands all of a sudden? Can’t we all just be realistic when weighing the pros and cons of a candidate? Yung maging makatotohanan lang ba.
Ako, for example, kuntento na ako kung ang mga kandidatong iboboto ko (whether for local or national positions) ay:
- hindi pipili ng mga consultant na mas bobo pa sa kanila
- hindi i-insultohin ang talino ko sa kanilang pag-papalusot
- hindi magiging sobrang garapal (yung harap-harapan na ba) sa pangungurakot habang nasa pwesto
- uunahin ang kapakanan ng Pilipinas kaysa ng ibang bansa
- totoong naniniwala AT may takot sa Diyos
- practices “good manners and right conduct” 🙂
Minsan talaga mahirap isipin kung bakit tila sunod-sunod ang parusang inaabot ng bayang Pilipinas:
- Gulo sa Pulitika…
- Mga gahamang tao at pulitiko…
- Pang-aapi sa mga kababayan natin sa ibang bansa…
- Tapos yung mga sunod-sunod na bagyo, lindol, pag-baha at mga katulad nitong sakuna. Pati yung tinaguriang “World’s Strongest Storm” ay sa Pilipinas pa talaga unang humampas!
Naturingan pa naman tayong isang “Kristiyanong Bansa,” isang “Maka-Diyos na Bansa“… pero bakit parang palagi na lang tayong pinaparusahan ng Diyos? 😦
… ano’ng magagawa ko?
Pumili ng “lesser evil” na kandidato? Pero how sure am I na “lesser evil” nga siya? Baka ang kalabasan ay “more evil” pala siya sa iba!
Bumoto ng isang “token candidate” para lang masabi na bumoto ako? Pero ‘di ba malaking pag-aaksaya lang ng oras at pagod yung pumila ng ilang oras sa ilalim ng nagbabagang araw (o bumubuhos na ulan) para mag “token vote” lang?
Eh kung ‘wag na lang kaya akong bumoto this time?
Pwede naman yun, ‘di ba?
Wait lang ako ng 3 years ulit… baka kasi yung mga susunod na tatakbo ay matitino na 😦
“Wisely” hindi lang pagdating sa mga pipiliing kandidato kundi pati na rin sa personal preparations for going to the polling precincts tomorrow. Ako, may checklist na ihinanda para mas mapadali ang pagboto ko bukas:
- Name of Polling Center
- Precinct Number
- Cellphone with Camera (huwag lang pipiktyuran ang Balota at bawal yun!)
- Food (just in case)
- Mahabang pasensiya 🙂
Bumoto din kayo ha?