Boy sets out protest on poll day-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
DANIEL UY was a one-man protest group yesterday morning, carrying placards with messages that criticize vote-buying.
He turned some heads outside the Regino Mercado Elementary School in Barangay Pahina Central, Cebu City. Some voters laughed at him.
“Ang botong gikan sa kwarta simbolo sa ulipon og hikog (A paid vote is a symbol of slavery and suicide),” read one of the placards hanging from his neck.
On his back, a message that parodied the country’s tourism slogan can be read: “It’s not fun in the Philippines because there’s too much corruption.”
Another one says: “Politicians and greed are the opium of masses.”
Uy wore an olive-green military uniform, jeans, and slippers. He covered his head with a towel and carried a bag containing his provision.
After he saw neighbors accepted money from politicians last Sunday morning, the 20-year-old college student said he decided to visit schools to air his protest against the corruption of the voters.
Public schools were used as polling precincts in barangay polls yesterday.
“Nakasaksi ko sa amoa sa vote-buying. Lipay kaayo ang mga tawo sa amoa (I witnessed vote-buying and my neighbors were happy),” he said.
Uy, who took up general education, approached a neighbor. She asked her why she accepted the bribe, “Di diay ka kabotar nga kinasingkasing?”
She told him that she needed money, which she said is abundant during elections.
“Ako siyang gi-advisan nga ang sobra nga pag-pangwarta moresulta sa pagkahakog (I advised her that too much wanting of money will make her greedy),” said Uy.
He said he is a member of militant and environmental groups like Youth for Nationalism and Democracy and Lunhaw.
Uy is a son of a former military serviceman and a mother who works in Japan. He said he looks up to Mohandas Gandhi, the Indian leader who led his nation to independence by employing non-violent civil disobedience.
Before he started what he called as “peace protest,” he said he went to his precinct in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City to vote.
But he did not write any name of candidates on his ballot.
“Unsa may gama sa sunod nga henerasyon kon makakita sila sa ilang katiguwangan nga nagsugod sa korapsiyon (What will the next generation say when they see their elders who started corruption)?” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2013.