Don’t waste your vote on May 10!
Who are you voting for? Not yet decided? Read “Who is the real Dick Gordon?”😉
If there is one thing I feel bad about giving up my Filipino citizenship, it’s the fact that I couldn’t vote for the presidential election. I have always been passionate about elections and I’ve always voted the people I believe in, no matter what the surveys say.
If I were still a Filipino citizen, I wouldn’t let the opportunity to vote in the elections pass. I’m pretty sure I would be at the voting precint before they even open, and it might take me some time to see the exit signs since I would love to guard my vote. That was the case the last time I voted in the Philippines. That’s why I feel disappointed whenever I ask a Filipino here if they had voted or if they’re going to vote and then they’ll just answer “wala namang pwedeng iboto eh”… or “hindi, kasi… ”
What largely separates a non-citizen from a citizen is that right to vote. Being a Korean citizen, I don’t have the right to vote in the Philippine elections. Yet there are Filipino citizens I know, who are apparently proud of their citizenship but wouldn’t bother to vote. So what makes a non-citizen different from a citizen then?
This morning as I was chatting with my eldest sister, I asked her who she’s voting for. She said she would vote for “G”, but she thought he is not going to win so she would just vote for the candidate who could best beat the candidate she doesn’t want to win! Uh-oh. Our more than 20-year age gap didn’t stop me from speaking out. I wish not a lot of people think like her.
So who are you going to vote for on May 10? It’s your right. It’s your vote. You may just have a single vote but it could make a difference. I don’t believe that there are more Filipinos who think, analyze, evaluate, research and question. And I think that more people will vote for simple reasons (too many to enumerate), but I hope I’m wrong.