This year is my fifth election. I have been voting since 2001, the year Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo began her almost-decade rule of Malacanang and the Philippines. I vote during Presidential and the midterm elections (such as this year), but never for barangay elections.
Although I slept late I was already awake by 6am. I opened the TV and started watching the news (it’s the only thing on TV, Halalan 2013). It’s very disappointing, frustrating even, to know that a lot of PCOS machines were malfunctioning. They weren’t probably tested before being sent to their destinations. The testing fell on the teachers’ shoulders.
I went to my voting precinct after lunch. It wasn’t as crowded as it was during the 2010 elections. I guess it’s because election is until 7pm and it’s raining, people may have decided to cast their votes at a later time. Voting went smooth for me. I was done in like 5 minutes. There were no lines and the PCOS machine, thankfully, did not reject my ballot. I got myself inked. Just like most people I took a picture of my index finger and posted it on twitter and FB, showing everyone that I exercised my right and performed my duty.
A teammate told me that he will not vote. When I asked why he said because he believes nothing will change. The same people will win, corruption will still be present. I said, “So what?” He couldn’t give me a reason. Whenever he goes on a rant about something bad that involves politicians and government policies I would tease him, “Wala kang karapatang mag-reklamo, di ka naman boboto.”
This is my main motivation to voting. If I don’t vote I feel that I have no power over those corrupt people seating on public offices. Since I didn’t help in preventing them from occupying those offices I have no right to make demands. But I want power over them. I want to earn the right to make demands, to make them accountable for their actions. I vote because I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
So, how was your halalan?