If people are still voting for them, they must be doing something right. #Halalan2016

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(Alma Moreno on political dynasties…)

Or are they?

I remember the time when then President Ferdinand Marcos agreed to hold a snap election.  I was watching CNN I believe, and it has only been a year and a half since I moved to the United States.   We had been watching the news about the Philippines because of the increase in riots and protests asking President Marcos to step down.

When he announced he will agree to a snap election; we got excited!  We knew that if Corazon Aquino runs against him, she will win by a landslide.  However, we weren’t sure if the ballots can be protected enough to avoid cheating.  We watched it all unfold together with the whole world as the Philippines was reborn into democracy leading up to the moment when the Marcoses fled the Philippines to Hawaii.

After that moment, we had high hopes for the Philippines.  I watched President Corazon Aquino deliver the most powerful speech before U.S. Congress asking for support.  Her presidency was overshadowed by hungry politicians trying to take over.  Due to inexperience, she was not able to do much.  She did promise to fight against corruption, but corruption was deeply embedded in our country.  It proved tough for her.

We’ve had several presidents since then.  Pres. Fidel Ramos, Pres. Erap Estrada, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  Then, came Pres. Noynoy Aquino.

If you look back at the history on how these presidents governed our country, what comes to mind?  Who among the four presidents would you favor?  Why were two of the presidents not able to complete their term?  Aha!!!  Corruption!  Di ba?  Bingo!

And why do you think the country’s economy is bustling right now?  How are we able to compete internationally nowadays?  Why do I see more Filipinos able to afford to buy a home or a car, to travel to different parts of the world? Aha!  Good governance and of course, because of our dear OFWs who do not fail to remit cash back to their families who are left behind.

Ngayon, tatanungin kita.  Are you willing to reverse all the good things that now beset the Philippines?  Are you willing to start from scratch or allow that Philippines to be the last country  in the world to  to be developed?  Malayo-layo na rin ang narating nating di ba?  Are you in favor in losing all of that?

Since I now live so close to the city where the United States Declaration of Independence was signed, I have read it so many times. It speaks volumes.   In reality, it applies not only to the US but to any government around the world.   If you read it carefully, you will know that the government is to be established by you and I.  Ikaw at ako.  If we believe that they are doing the right things, then it is us who can keep them there.  But if not, it is also us who can dismantle it.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

In reading those lines, I felt that we, as voters must understand the weight of our votes.  We cannot use our votes in a manner that is taken very lightly.  Our votes can abolish and establish governments equally.  Mahalaga ang boto mo!  Huwag mong sayangin.

Kaya kung si VP Binay ang iboboto mo, or si Mar Roxas, alamin mo kung ano ang nagawa nila sa sambayanan.  Huwag mong ibenta ang boto mo.  Pahalagahan mo ang bitiw ng boto mo at alalahanin mo ang henerasyon na darating, ang mga anak mo, ang mga apo mo.  Their future depends on you.

Yung lang pow!

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