My Fellow Absentee Voters (OFW’s)
Whether we like it or not we are part of Philippine Politics and as long as there are (few) good leaders who do their best advocating electoral reforms in our country, then, we have still hope that our one vote in the future be counted as what we’ve been expecting in an honest to goodness, clean and peaceful election.
It ‘s too early to say, but I think it’s about time for us to evaluate new breed of young leaders that could probably put back the broken pieces of Philippine politics.
Let’s register now and be an Absentee Voter.
An OAV Advocate
“So many people have a wealth of ideas that could make things work. And they don’t have to be in politics to do that. There are so many opportunities they can create out there. There is still so much that can be done.” GR
Excerpt taken from: Gilbert & Good Governance
By Denise C. Villegas
People Asia Magazine 11/11/2005
In politics he says there are things that he has learned to accept and there are still things that he cannot accept. “For example, especially in the national scope, there are certain things that can be done. Like entertainment, you sell escape. With politics you sell hope. And I think that that is what you have to keep on selling especially in our country where everyone feels so hopeless now. You have to sell that and you don’t do it by lying through your teeth about the true state of the nation. But you actually have to show that you are doing something. There has to be solid action. There are so many things that you can do so easily to sell that hope. Does it gnaw at me? Yes, it does. Because it is not being done. You show the people that you won’t tolerate nonsense when it comes to smuggling in order to protect our agricultural and manufacturing centers. So, you jail the biggest smugglers. You want to say that you are no nonsense about drugs? It’s so easy to find out who the biggest drug lords are. We have millions of pesos worth of information. Or you can jail the most corrupt officials or the biggest tax evaders. You know these are things that will make people say, `Hey they are actually doing something’.”
And what of the people who have lost all hope that our country just may yet find a way to set itself right? “Hope should be the last thing to go. So many people have a wealth of ideas that could make things work. And they don’t have to be in politics to do that. There are so many opportunities they can create out there. There is still so much that can be done.”