One of the great things I like about the UP culture is its mode in politics. Politics here in UP is way, way far and ideal compared to the Philippine politics; of course aside from some points of similarities that are visible because both settings apply democracy. Politics here in UP is a paradigm of politics in a democratic state. Why? Because more than the fact that democracy in UP is recognized and exercised, democracy in UP is not mistreated, just as I see it practiced in our nation’s setting.
Let me recount to you some points of differences between the two. For the whole stretch of February and early March this year, the student leaders who vied for certain positions in the University Student Council were actively campaigning their General Plan of Action (GPOA) to the voting members. More than anything else, their goal, if ever elected, is to live up to their plan of action. On the first place, UP offers no compensation fee on these servant-leaders, so the act is voluntary and for certain, such will is fuelled by passion and reason to serve the system. What is happening in field of politics in the Philippines right now is detrimental not just to the people but to the democratic system as a whole. The mere fact that influential people run on elections to “serve” the country is very ironical. They spend thousands to millions of pesos just for them to get into the position, for what? For a very low income? There could be some hidden agenda behind this intention. Power is one. Take note that power is somehow equated to money so that if you are rich you are powerful. And if you crave for power, you crave more for influence. Not all rich men are influential, thus the only way for them to get this influence they desire to brace their power they have is to take control to politics. So, they run and “serve” the people.
Another difference I observed between UP politics and the Philippine politics is the manner on how the electors consider their votes. UP students consider their votes sacred that the selection of candidates to be voted or not depends on the students’ value of principles. These electors are principled and rational so that healthy selection of leaders is practiced. These electors also consider the capability of such candidates so that personal credentials are also taken importantly. In other words, principle over anything else is proficient in UP. On the other hand, in the Philippine politics, as long as you have the three Gs (gold, guns and goons), everything would be worry-free for you. Everything will flow out just easily for these crooked candidates because they know how to get in to the illness of Philippine politics; and sad to say that it’s the people itself that makes our politics ill. If only the people considered their votes vital and valuable then we could have challenged these undeserving candidates. If only the people practiced their rights as a democratic citizen of the country, then we could not have been abused and mistreated by these pervert politicians we now have. If only we live up to what is expected by us as concerned citizens of our nations then we could have come up to a stable political condition instead of a rotting one. But if we remain stagnant to these positive chances we keep on dwelling, then still, the notions I am raising is only but absurd. Therefore, change is necessary in our politics. Change is never too late at this time. It is never too late to practice the genuine democratic principles in the governance of our affairs. UP Politics is always here for the Filipinos to remain hopeful and to act as agents of change, propitious change I must say.