Filipino-Americans pray for honest elections

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By Ben Emata

From Across the Seas

Saturday, May 4, 2013


HUNDREDS of Filipinos belonging to different civic and religious organizations in the American continent have expressed hopes that the forthcoming elections in the Philippines will be peaceful and clean. This desire echoed far and near from the premier city of New York down to Michigan, California, Arizona, Texas, Canada and others.

These Filipinos are determined to change the situation in the Philippines on the matter of election violence and fraud. They said it is a shame that Filipinos cannot dismantle corruptions during elections time. One of them thinks election fraud and other corruptions are one of the principal causes that blocks the growth of the country.

The Filipinos hopes are based on the belief that only clean elections can change the face and stature of the country from worse to better. They said it has been a long time that the Filipinos suffered so much of hardship and bad management by some leaders and that it is high time that the situation should be reversed for the better.

Many of them declared enough had been done and it is time now for a change. Everyone must prove that such problems in Mindanao could be eliminated if the people will cooperate with one another to cut it down once and for all.

They noted that nearly all elections in the country are disturbed by so many kinds of fraud, cheating, violence and other destruction that affects voting results. The matter went on almost unchecked and what the people got are fake leadership and ugly handling of the government system.

They wish for a change and for Filipinos in the country to be given a chance to express their desires through balloting. They call the leaders as well as the candidates to help one another toward a peaceful and honest election. Many of them express support for a better election even if it means the government would spend more for security and other expenses.

The Filipinos-Americans stressed more particularly the electoral activities in most parts of Mindanao where the people are not given a chance to elect their leaders. This is because of violence and all forms of election activities that prevail every election time.

They said unless the true desires of the people are expressed in the ballot, the situation will never be as effective like those beautiful moments of the yesteryears. The people are hungry of peaceful elections because it is only by doing that when the true result will come out.

They expressed regrets that violence normally take place in Mindanao and hardly are taking place in other provinces in the in the Visayas and Luzon.

Many Mindanaoans are now residing in the different states in America. Some of them could not even visit their relatives in Mindanao for fear of violence that takes place every now and then.

Lately, the ambush involving a town mayor and his companions that resulted in the death of thirteen people has scared them so much. Another one involved the city mayor of Gingoog which also killed two body guards and the serious wounding of the lady mayor. These are just terrible many of them said. Visiting their place with the whole family is just dangerous. Some of these would-be balikbayans have been in the U.S.A. for more than ten years. Their children had never touched the Philippine soil ever. They still expressed hope that peace will come around.

(ben-emata.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 04, 2013.

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