Election is coming very soon. A clear manifestation of this is the almost deafening news we hear on T.V. We hear news on political issues mainly concerning on the upcoming senatorial and local elections. We hear sorts of them. But what excites me the most is not on who the candidates will be because this commotion is already trivial, but rather on the fact that indeed, I will already be participating in the elections. It will be my first time to vote this May.
I am very eager of this matter because I am aware that it is everyone’s right to vote, and now that I am already qualified to vote, I am looking forward to exercise this right.
Just this week, I went to my dentist for a monthly appointment. When I entered the clinic, everyone was talking about elections and registration. I just had to listen to them because for hygienic reasons I cannot talk and discuss these matters with them. So I just listened to the flow of the discussion. I was personally saddened by what I heard from my dentist’s colleague. She said she hadn’t voted for quite some time and that she can’t remember anymore her last time going to the precinct to vote. She stressed that she wanted to vote this time because a relative of hers is expressing an intention to run this election. She was basically asking on the registration procedure and tried to tell us how “having connections” in a government institution can actually help her in her registration without having to go over with the whole process. And she’s very proud that she’s voting this time, at last.
I cannot understand why we have this kind of mentality. It seems to me that what we supposedly know as a right, in this case, our right to vote, is molested because it goes beyond its principle. It seems to me that it does not serve its very purpose anymore.
It is very ironic how people interpret such right in different ways. As far as my objective understanding is concerned, I think that we have to exercise this right because it is our obligation as citizens of the Republic. We have to exercise this because it is our primary responsibility that we vote and elect deserving people accountable for our country’s development and for its people’s welfare.
What I would want to happen now is this thinking to be instilled in our minds: that it is our right to vote and that our vote matters. As I’ve said, it is imperative that as citizens of our nation, we must do good as well by selecting and electing the capable leaders that will lead the Filipino people into progress. I know that this sounds prophetic and idealistic but it’s always good to look back to this fundamental knowledge of being reminded once in a while of our rights, duties and responsibilities as concerned people of our country, some sort of a courtesy check in our system.