THE Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) are finally over. The proclaimed winners have rejoiced while some of the losers still can't seem to cope with their losses.
Running for government position, either in national or local post, entails machineries that include money. With this, it is understandable why those who lost can hardly cope and easily accept their defeat.
Being a sportsman, even when one loses in the polls, is necessary and a must because this is the only way we can move on and not just simply moving on, but support and help those who won to achieve their goals for the barangay.
Remember that when the barangay develops and improves, all its constituents will reap its positive outcome. This should be the mindset of the ones who were not lucky enough to win. So there’s no reason to be disgruntled, as what has been observed in so many other contests where the losing corner hardly accepts defeat. In response, the one at the losing end usually stands and just criticizes at the corner.
We’re not saying that critiquing the deeds of the winners in their respective barangay is not good. In fact, without the critics we would not do better and will just settle for mediocre performance. And as a citizen, we should not settle for anything less than what we deserve. But if one is only on the sidelines and does nothing but criticize and badmouth those who won, then that’s another story.
Remember that a barangay can only reach its ultimate development not only because of the performance and abilities of those in the position but through the support of its villagers as well. When a boat sinks, so do its passengers, thus, everyone’s cooperation is needed, winners and losers alike. Cooperation ex animo, and not with self-vested interests.
Thus, may those who lost during the elections develop a sense of responsibility to help those who won improve and develop the barangay.
For the poll winners, may they fulfill their promises during the campaign period and make initiatives that would improve their barangays.