A few weeks ago I heard, as it was mentioned in an editorial from the Manila Bulletin, for the first time, the total number of registered overseas Filipino voters exceeded a million.
Somehow, this is a good sign for Philippine Politics.
This shows that more Filipinos want to be involved–want to change how things work.
Although, I must say, I have nothing major against the president and how he runs things, except maybe that thing about letting muslim Mindanao become a separate state. But let’s not talk about that.
So far, probably since the time I was born, PNoy has been the most non-corrupt president ever. His service to the people, despite not being perfect, is genuine. But he lacks something. And that is something I will discuss in another time.
Also, Bong Bong Marcos is probably going to make presidency not because the people see potential, but because the people are so submerged in hate and discontent with the present administration that they already refuse to see the good.
For now, yes, let us focus on the people–on us. Why are we a failure of a nation in the aspect of choosing the people who’ll run our government?
I’m not exactly convinced we care enough to make a change.
Sure, the government should be helping us out, but we shouldn’t be all talk either.
How is the economy doing? Good? Why? Is it because we’re purchasing products and brands of the Philippines rather than inviting foreign brands and companies to invest and open stores here?
Are you supporting our economy, are you supporting our tourism? Are we circulating the money that OFWs in our society bring home to invest in our economy’s growth or to be spent for foreign gain.
How much time do we spend on the internet playing DOTA than personally or as a group volunteering at charity foundations or rehabilitation centers–like, even if we’re nobody.
How much time do we spend everyday complaining than making better our society?
Have you donated blood within the past 3 months or so? Maybe even within the past year?
Are you a certified Deceased Donor? Will your organs be donated when you die so that the poor patients in our hospitals won’t have to die because they lost an organ, or so that people will STOP SELLING THEIR KIDNEYS for thousands of dollars or so that children won’t be randomly kidnapped and killed for their organs to be sold?
There are many things we can do as a society. Individually, we can start small.. but the small things eventually get bigger, contributing to the whole.
South Korea is a successful country today because they love and patronize their own.
My advice actually doesn’t only apply to Filipinos.
Corrupt administrations become a problem in many countries, but when the citizens refuse to see the good and degrade the already-degraded administration, nothing good comes out of it.
It’s not wrong to have an opinion. But it’s wrong to be opinionated only upon complaints and don’t do anything for the society despite the capacity to.
You don’t need to throw tomatoes, we are civilized enough to hear each other out: Government to People, People to Government. Afterall, it’s how the system should work.
Learn from the mistakes of our past. Don’t just vote, get involved.