The upcoming 2016 Elections is fast approaching. Trapo moves are literally everywhere, and I can’t express how annoyed and disappointed I am by how these kinds of politicking are being tolerated.
So here are a few points which I often encounter and what I think about them:
- The Paawa Effect. “Okay pala ‘to eh. Galing din sa hirap.”
Don’t ever be swayed by their campaign ads on television. EVER. It’s the campaign period, for God’s sake. And it’s the time of the year when thousands of promises are made, then forgotten right after they get elected. They will say anything to win you over, to grab your attention and to gain your sympathy.
Instead, research more on their backgrounds, positions held, personal stand on specific issues… Has he done something to voice out the needs of the Filipino people or is he mostly M.I.A. during cabinet meetings? Does he support your views on anti-discrimination? Tax reforms? Education? Corruption? Poverty? Employment? Clearly, there are a lot of points to consider, not just their projected images on TV.
- The Artista Factor. “Nakikita ko ‘yan sa TV. Sikat yan!” “Idol ko ‘yan sa boxing eh.”
Ugh. I really am for the separation of the church and the state [and showbizness, for this matter]. Spoiler alert: this is not a popularity contest.
Just because he’s a good actor (or boxer or TV host, etc.) does not mean he is fit to take a position in the government as well. Leading the country is a totally different story. Although, I’m not generalizing all the artista-turned-politician candidates. What I am saying is that we should still see them on a different perspective, not just that of their exposure in the showbiz industry.
- The Bandwagon-er. “Sayang lang boto ko diyan. Mahina sa survey, baka ‘di rin manalo.”
Every vote counts. The survey does not accurately reflect the result of the elections. It’s just the voice of 2,000 participants or so, not the millions of the registered voters in the Philippines.
What if a thousand other voters think the same way, and choose not to “waste” their vote on a good candidate? This candidate might end up a thousand votes short to make it to the last spot in the senatorial race.
- Votes for sale. “Galante yan! Hindi madamot. Nagpakain pa nga kahapon eh. Namigay pa ng tig-200.”
A presidential candidate, for example, should not spend more than 10 pesos per voter according to Republict Act 7166, Section 13. So where do you think that 200 comes from? Would that be enough in exchange of 6 years (and that’s roughly 2,191 days) under an ill administration?
It is very alarming how some people think this way. But the last thing this country needs is hopelessness.
So what can we do? We should wisely utilize the means of social media. Take part in the awareness campaign and be more participative in the implementation of responsible voting. Inform not just ourselves, but the people around us, too. Our families, friends, workmates.
The generation Y or the millenials compromise about half the voting population. This number, once consolidated, is enough to elect a new president of the country. And I have faith in all of us.
I hope we pick the right people. I hope we don’t take this for granted. And lastly, I still do hope for a better nation.
As a responsible citizen of this country, I pledge to be informed. I will sift through every candidate, check their track records, watch interviews and debates, and most importantly, know what they stand for to see if their views are in line with mine.
What about you? What do you pledge for this beloved country?