MY 2 CENTS · Philippines

Eleksyon in da Philippines.

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So, Election in the Philippines is over and done with.

So, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the Presidency while the wife of the late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo (which I personally like) Leni Robredo seemed to have won the race for Vice President.

Come June 30, they will take oath in front (or maybe not) of the Filipino people to lead our Nation to a better and hopefully, brighter future.

What comes after that, I wonder?

Not so long ago, I participated in this thing they call “Election” in 2010. That was my first time to vote for the highest post in the country. I was 21, (kinda) fresh outta College and had my hopes up for Gilbert “Gibo”  Teodoro winning the race & changing the world. Although I knew that he will never win, I still voted for him.

You see, that was the time when the former President Corazon Aquino succumbed to cancer. That was the time when LP’s current front runner, then Senator Mar Roxas gave way to then Senator (also) Noynoy Aquino to run for President. And I bet now you remember, that was the time when the Filipino people thought and came up with the idea that “hey, Noynoy (Aquino) could be our next President, his father died for the country (really?!) and his Mom has led us in the 80’s towards a better economy (again, really?!), so why not vote for him?” (-it’s quite a long thought) and so the petition began for Noynoy to step up.

To make the story short, Noynoy won Presidency and I couldn’t be anymore disappointed to my fellow countrymen -insert sad emoticon here-. What I don’t like about it is that they (voters) were blinded, misled by the media’s representation of the Aquino Clan and the thought that if you are the son of a great hero and a past leader of the country, you are QUALIFIED to run too! Like, duh?! Yes, he was a Senator that time but No, I don’t see why he is qualified for the post. It. Does. Not. Run. In. The. Blood.

To qualify, I personally (and I say this IMO) think that you have to have enough experience politically and that preferably, you started from the bottom and made your way up, slowly. Take FVR (Fidel V.Ramos) for example, he started from the Military and later on assumed position as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces and Secretary for National Defense respectively.

Moving on,  Noynoy became our President and while some would say he did NOTHING for the country, some claimed otherwise and that the country’s economy boomed under his Administration. I don’t want to go into the details and statistics as to the reliability of these claims but I got nothing good to say about him so I better shut up.

While Duterte and Noynoy vary in many ways you and I can enumerate, they both won the Presidency due to the fervent need of the Filipino people for change, particularly in the Government system. The support that people have thrown for Duterte  during his candidacy is overwhelming that I wonder if he ever wins (which he already did), will he ever meet all of these expectations? Yes, he has led Davao to be one of the safest cities in the world and his advocacy against crime and corruption is as good as it gets but can he effectively lead a Nation with diverse and complex demands?

These people who voted for Duterte have shown solid support to him and his platforms. I’m in awe as to how far their loyalty (to the man) can take them, I have seen it online everyday during the Election period. I’d like to think that they are not “blind supporters” and hope that the man they chose to lead our country will live up to their expectations. As we move forward as a Nation under a new leader, I wish the citizen will find it in them to change their ways too, and not solely depend the Nation’s success in our leaders. I wish they’d realize that (as cliche as it sounds) change starts from ourselves and it should start today.

I hope our President will focus more on our country’s Education system as I firmly believe that it is one of the strongest foundations a country can rely on. If your voters are educated, they’ll be more aware of the candidate that is deserving of whatever post they are voting for. If you are educated enough to know the difference between a “TraPo” and a qualified candidate, then the country’s right on track!

P.S. And uhmmm, if you’re wondering, No I did not vote (I’m based overseas) and Yes, I would’ve vote for Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

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