First-time hesitant voter speaks out

By ST Corpuz

I used to be excited and proud to vote for the first time this year but I get confused and disappointed with the popular candidates for national positions and even the local ones.

My grandfather, a retired college teacher whom I respect for his intelligence and moral standing help me guide who to vote for. We discuss about the positive qualities and records of every candidates we should go for. For him and for me as well it is important and necessary to hear what every senatorial candidates stand and vision are for the country.

My lolo does not care if he does not get paid for his votes saying he is not prostitute like many Filipinos. He said if we allow ourselves to be paid by shrewd politicians we withdraw the right to complain, voice-out, even comment on the wrong-doings of government officials and servants and in turn this people in positions has the power and hold to command, humiliate and insult every powerless and voiceless populace.

Well, it happened many times in many forms and it is clear the people never learn at all.

As a first time voter. I do not like it. But since this is what everyone is doing and thinking-to make some cheap money in exchange for a better future by selecting the right people, what can I do. I am just a small voice hoping to fight a culture of moral corruption, as my lolo describes our society.

I know that honesty and integrity are leading qualifications of all candidates from all levels must have but why is it a popular campaign manager for senators says it’s not necessary. Isn’t this a reflection of twisted values from a supposedly educated person? And a government official at that.

Such a shame and disgusting, my lolo would say, sons and daughters of abusive and immoral politicians tell their supporters and partymates and reported by media. It is good to know that still a lot of people do not agree with it. Intelligent and educated voters should tell those greedy and power hungry politicians to get lost.

A population of principled voters no matter how poor they are is needed in this country.

One other thing that is truly disgusting is the refusal of leading candidates for national positions to talk openly and debate in front of the people. But why are they scared? Instead most of them sing and dance like clowns. I find this insulting to the people.

These candidates look down on the “masa” as unthinking and uncritical. No wonder we have the same set of candidates from the same families and kind. It is no longer inspiring to vote.

Editor’s note: The author is a student-writer of a local college.

Artwork courtesy of Ted Ideas

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