Election 2013 is finally over. No more noisy, nakaka LSS na sounds sa kalye. The streets will once again be clean of streamers, banners and flyers.
Yesterday was the day of elections and even though it’s raining and our current location is quite far from Manila where we are registered voters, still, we went out of our way and made an effort to vote. It’s the least we can do for this country. As I have said in my recent post, I will only vote for the candidates who have passed my criteria and not those who were dictated to me by someone else.
Former President Erap Ejecrcito Estrada and incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim were the only choices we had for the Mayors’ position. Our family, the 6 of us, agreed and decided to vote for the latter.
I know that this time it will be a tight fight, and it showed with the number of votes that both parties have received. Unfortunately, there were more who wants to have a new Mayor in Manila, it saddens me because he is not my bet but I can’t do anything about it anymore.
Erap won probably because of the block voting of some religious organizations which I for one have no idea how they choose their candidates.
So, all I can say is Goodluck Manilenyo, and may we all have a better Manila with our new Mayor.
After the Elections, here are some realizations that I have gathered:
- I totally agree with what co-blogger Rowena Wendy Lim Lei posted on her FB timeline and on her blog. She said that there are lots of educated, and well off Filipino who decided to just stay at home or have a vacation instead of going out and vote. This is one of the reasons why the votes of those who don’t have access to the internet and was not able to research for the candidates’ background are higher in numbers. To quote “this is the crowd whose vote usually goes to celebrities or political dynasty members with a lot of name recall”.
- With regards to what Rowena have said, my husband also realized that well off families don’t bother to vote anymore because whatever happened and who ever wins and be in the position will probably not affect their current status in life. They are already stable and can always go out of the country if they wish to. Those who want and hope for change are the ones who are patient to fall in line (rain or shine) and vote for the candidates who they think will make a difference.
- Lots of Pinoys still support the underdogs. The online bash to Senatorial Candidate Nancy Binay might have even helped her to get some votes, kasi kawawa naman sya.
My simple wish:
- That there will come a time that the elections will be centralized wherein Pinoys can vote anywhere. I am sure if this happens, there will be no more excuses for you not to cast your votes.
- That more Pinoys will be responsible enough to research and know their candidates more before voting.
- That some religious organizations will not dictate who to vote.
photo via: When In Manila FB page
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