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Thursday, February 28, 2013
THE chance to changes is approaching. This time, it requires a better and wiser decision. Indeed, voting is a right and at the same time a responsibility for each and every Filipino citizens. Every votes count and we are obliged for whatever the outcome will be.
We don't need to ask if our vote is important. If we are responsible enough, we should know how significant it is.
Why is that everyone is expecting for changes but not everyone is fighting for their rights as voters? It is really hard to fix the political system of our country.
I am a first time voter but given the past elections, I am aware how the political system runs. Being a granddaughter of a former politician, I was given enough chance to assess and evaluate the leadership of politicians. My grandfather led our community in my hometown for about 20 years. That even if I am still young, I was raised observing how it was. Well, we are entitled to our own rights. And I am fearless to state my opinions, given that I am accountable for whatever I will say.
My family is a victim of vote buying. The only thing that is not clear to me is the reason behind buying votes for just a small position in a community. Why do they need to do such things if they are really sincere to help? Well, saying “I don't know and I don't care” as an answer is a no-no for this season.
What I have learned for this kind of dilemma is the importance of a wise voter. But the problem is that people do not know the real description of being wise. It is not wise to receive money and to spend it for just a short period of time. It is wise to refuse it, fight for your right, and look forward for a good leadership in one term.
Political dynasty. I can't blame the church for involving itself with this kind of problem. Yes, I am considering political dynasty as a problem. For this, I am now having a hard time to differentiate what is business from politics - including big recognition for their small time projects.
This political system of our country is refining my belief that power is really a temptation. That the very root of evil is the desire for power.
It is also difficult to determine the authenticity of candidates. Who is sincere? Who is not? Who has a genuine heart to help?
The doctrine of justice is applicable during elections. We should not be blinded by what is only seen by our naked eyes. Voting is like taking an examination; you should not be guessing. Before taking the exam, we should review and re-read our notes. Before voting, we should assess the performances of the candidates. If our exam is the basis of our grades, take an election as the basis of our future.
Be smart, be wise. Do not be blinded with lies. Be smart, be wise. Let us not wait to hear the cries. (Franzes Ivy Carasi)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 01, 2013.