10 May 2010

Election Random Thoughts.


Despite the long lines, heat, hunger, aberya of the PCOS machines, vote-buying, killings, and violence in some provinces, it is still my hope that we will have a better government and a more cooperative citizenry after this.

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This is not my first election (obviously), I have been active in my own way in politics since college, been a NAMFREL volunteer, read and studied my candidates, and risked life and limb to be in Edsa 2. I am not just one of those who sits pretty, watch the news on TV, and give their opinion as if they truly know what they are talking about.

I also know that election means campaigning and debating and discussing.

And pikons have no place in electoral debates or intellectual discussions. These people use words like, 'duh' or 'wtf' or call people 'stupid' because they (the pikons) can't substantiate their claims about their candidate.

It's hilarious.

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You know what else is funny? When you post links or opinions about the candidate you are supporting, other colors THINK you are not respecting their choice.

So it's ok for them to post whatever they want and it's not ok for you to do the same?

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Funnier still, there are people who cease to be your friends JUST because you wear a different color.
I am utterly fascinated by the immaturity.

My friend Edeena and I wear different colors. And like me, she studied her candidates well. She's intelligent and wise and I trust her. But we've chosen different colors. We discuss and argue, and argue some more. But election issues end where our friendship begins.

Now, that is maturity. That is knowing what means more to you.

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This election has made me realize another thing: some people do things just to spite you. Yes, it's kind of shocking how some people could be spiteful just because you are not voting for their candidate.

And they keep on harping that you respect their choice, yet they do not know how to respect yours.

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The election is almost over, so amiga na tag balik? LOL.

This is oh so highschool! :D

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julai May 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

hello ate ai,

me too,i'm hoping that this election will make our Country better.

weeee, binata kaaju ng di na magtagad ky waka ni vote sa ilang candidate oii..and it's really ironic when they want you to respect their choice, but they're not respecting yours..

Too bad,I wasn't able to regsiter as an absentee voter here, but I'm rooting for Noy2x ate and my Mom too. But my bro is voting for another candidate and we respect his choice.

Just like you ate, I believe that the future is bright yellow.:) And oh, it's my favorite color too.:)

Nagpanaoan May 10, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

Politics is hot topic there. Same with religion. I am amazed that Filipinos would kill for politics. And it's not the principle they are fighting for, it's their livelihood (kurakot). What a shame.

Aileen Siroy May 10, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

You said it, Julai. Binata gyud kaau. As in. I'm fascinated at the immaturity.

Sige lang, register next time. :)

I hope Noynoy won't be a disappointment if he wins. :) And yes, I know yellow is your favorite color! :)

Aileen Siroy May 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

Nagpanaoan said...
Politics is hot topic there. Same with religion. I am amazed that Filipinos would kill for politics. And it's not the principle they are fighting for, it's their livelihood (kurakot). What a shame.

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It's so true. There had been reported election-related violence and deaths in many areas and provinces, Tita. Sad.

CBB May 11, 2010 at 2:12 AM  

One of my foreign business associate, when he knew what's taking place here during election time (the killings, the bickering, the mudslinging, the fights among friends and family, etc., etc...)said: "crazy!"

From one point of view, he may be right. But from our point-of-view, that's how we Filipinos are dead serious about our politics. It's always a sight to see the long cue of people braving the heat, the exhaustion, the hunger and thirst just to cast their vote. (Shame on those who don't care about this political exercise.)

Isn't it wonderful to be Filipino?

Our family has never been one in any election, especially during Presidential elections. Just this time, for example, I am yellow, my sister initially was green until she kept on dreaming yellow which made her shift, my brother is blue, my mom is tangerine or orange (Erap says "pareho lang yan... spelling lang nagkaiba"). We argue passionately, even to the point where voices are raised, sometimes.

But we have never been personal. We still can sit together, and joke with each other even on the choices we have made.

Just yesterday afternoon, we sat together for something like 3.5 hours while waiting for our turns to vote, and we continued joking and chiding each other. Even my nephew and niece who are new to this exercise have been initiated on our family's culture of political exercises.

In the end, my sister bought pizza and we shared a hearty merienda after all our fingers were smudged, and we were all soiled with sweat. We are all hopeful that we will have a better and brighter Philippines after this election.

Aileen Siroy May 11, 2010 at 2:29 AM  

CBB said...
From one point of view, he may be right. But from our point-of-view, that's how we Filipinos are dead serious about our politics. It's always a sight to see the long cue of people braving the heat, the exhaustion, the hunger and thirst just to cast their vote. (Shame on those who don't care about this political exercise.)

Isn't it wonderful to be Filipino?

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It truly is! And I'm proud to be one.

And it is quite admirable that many people really exercise their right to vote.

The only sad thing is, many people do not know how to respect the electoral process, which includes respecting the people's votes (no matter who they voted for).

Aileen Siroy May 11, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

CBB said...
But we have never been personal. We still can sit together, and joke with each other even on the choices we have made.

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You all are educated and well-informed. You grew up talking politics on the dinner table.

And it's how it is supposed to be, NOT take it personally.

But some people take it personally. They get mad, they unfriend you, they do not understand the mechanics of the electoral process (and yet pretend that they do). So high-hots.

A friend of mine, Niza, said: "Di unta mangaway uy. As if kaila ning mga presidentiables nato in real life nya magpatay ta." LOL. So true.

denistar May 11, 2010 at 4:12 AM  

My mom tried converting me to vote for her candidate. I'm glad this election didn't come between me or any of my friends. Because I stand by my beliefs.

It's sad, though, how people's immaturity became apparent during this election. My office mates have been really spiteful and angry. Our manager even begrudgingly said in an email "vote for who you believe in" after someone talked about voting for another candidate.

Ugh. I'm kinda glad I didn't go to work tonight. I don't want to know what madness ensued in the office tonight.

Aileen Siroy May 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

denistar said...
My mom tried converting me to vote for her candidate. I'm glad this election didn't come between me or any of my friends. Because I stand by my beliefs.

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You and your friends are mature people. Really, politics or election issues shouldn't come between beautiful friendships. :)

Aileen Siroy May 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

denistar said...
It's sad, though, how people's immaturity became apparent during this election. My office mates have been really spiteful and angry. Our manager even begrudgingly said in an email "vote for who you believe in" after someone talked about voting for another candidate.

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I guess, we all are passionate about the candidates we are supporting. If only we could put the same passion in making this country a little bit better.

It's sad, isn't it? It's quite shocking that the very people you expect to deal with election issues maturely are the ones who are really juvenile about it. And spiteful, too.

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