The weird Filipino voters-A A +A
By Ben Emata
Sunday, October 14, 2012
MANY Filipinos are wondering why they remain poor for decades and the country is struggling everyday for even longer period. A lot of them could not eat three times a day and living in dilapidated homes while others even live much harder. There is no solution to their age-old problems no matter how they move on to survive. It appears there is no clear solution and they will go on life in such situation.
Indeed, this is terrible and really unbearable.
From Luzon to Mindanao, people cling to extreme hardship while they go on in their battle for everyday existence. It just seems impossible to make life a little bit easier, especially so because there is no help from the government. The latter is making its way forward even more with hardship. Some leaders want to help the poor people with their problems but are helpless too because the government itself is having difficulty.
To analyze the real situation especially on the issue of poverty, it seems the matter has been the mistake of Filipinos involved because they do not know how to elect public officials. When elections time come, they anticipate for cash in exchange of their votes. These particular Filipinos cannot vote for the right persons of their choice. They had to be paid some amounts in order to vote. Naturally, the candidates who can pay larger amount per vote win even if the candidates have nothing in their head.
How long has this system of voting been going on? Nobody can specifically pinpoint but one thing is sure, vote-buying has been existing every election for many, many years. Filipinos are happy during election time because they can get help from the candidates on top of the actual amount in payment of their votes. For how long this will stay in our country, nobody knows. Right now, there is no solution for such a problem.
We notice we have lots of leaders who are uneducated. They do not know how to lead the people. They think the shortest way to make money is by way of becoming a political leader. And a lot of faces who have not gone to universities for a higher education become top politicians. This is certainly ridiculous but it is the fault of the Filipino voters themselves who sold their sacred right of suffrage.
The ugly attitude of Filipinos in the way the appreciate elections is just beyond rehabilitation unless we all change our behavior. The government should lead the way to stop this anomalous system of voting. There should be a strict procedure to put on their knees people who sell their votes. But how can this be possible when many of our leaders are doing this themselves?
So for many, many years, our election was found to be incapacitated to do the right thing. It cannot change the wrong system of electing people because it is in the veins of many Filipinos, the bad behavior of selling their votes. The matter can be corrected but it must come from the hearts of the Filipino voters. They must stop selling their votes and elect the candidates who really deserve even without cash. With this, it is guaranteed there will be a change in our country and the lives of Filipinos.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 15, 2012.