Lifestyle Blog from the Philippines

Friday, April 26, 2019

Getting the Election Fever

With the elections coming up in less than a month, the campaign period has been in full swing. Every single day I hear a campaign jingle for the candidates and whenever I go out, I cannot avoid the onslaught of campaign posters on vehicles, homes, or any blank wall along the road. The news is never without anything on the people campaigning for national-level positions. The same goes for social media. 

I don’t know what to feel about how politics is here in the country. So much of what is going on leaves me conflicted about who to vote for.

Image by Andreas Breitling from Pixabay

Politicians have people who put up posters everywhere and give away flyers left and right. In this time of climate change and problems with solid waste management, these posters and flyers will add to the already big problems we have with trash. 

The fact that politicians are debating not on the issues but are attacking each other on a personal level is also annoying. Even with the elections just weeks away I don’t know who to vote for because I don’t know what exactly these people stand for, what their advocacies are, and what they think about vital issues that the government needs to take action on. 

How do people make a choice on who to vote for in a political climate like this? Where politicians sing and dance during their sorties and make dirty jokes against the other party/candidates? Sometimes I wonder if my vote will even make a difference when the majority are people who can be easily manipulated due to their financial condition and lack of education that puts them at a disadvantage. 

It’s depressing to think of where our country might be headed if we don’t make the right choice. I’m not really for or against any particular political party. I’m not the kind of person who will tell you to “vote straight” because I would rather have a healthy mix of both parties so that various sectors can be represented. I would like to (ideally) have people who will actually do their job and not use their positions for their own personal advantage.

Image from Geralt on Pixabay

I want people who will make the environment a priority. People who will provide solutions to the problems with trash management. People who will think out of the box and come out with policies that will benefit the entire country, not just big business. 

I hope that people will make the right choice, but the way I see it, none of us are given the right information to make those choices. We need more than politicians who can entertain us, shake our hands, and tell us that they will work for us. We need people who will actually do what they promise. Are there even politicians/candidates who can say that these days?

Fingers crossed for all of us in the country during the next elections. May the right people win and help to make our country a better place.

1 comment

  1. I used to be all-involved early in my adult life every election time. I would either be asked to be a watcher or a PPCRV volunteer. Now, I don't even wanna come to the precinct to vote. I feel it's no use because it's the same faces that are winning anyway. In the recent surveys for senatorial race, these two who got involved in the Pork Barrel scam are even on the Top 12. I don't know when Filipinos are ever gonna learn.


Blog Layout Designed by pipdig