OAV – The fight must continue


The Fight must continue… The Overseas Absentee Voting.

OFWs in 3 Regions of KSA gathered at Phil. Embassy grounds for the Senate Bicam Consultation (March 21, 2002)

OFWs in 3 Regions of KSA gathered at Phil. Embassy grounds for the Senate Bicam Consultation (March 15, 2002)

Many years ago WE, the Overseas Filipinos/OFWs, fought hard for the passage of the Overseas Absentee Voting.

Filcom Leaders from Eastern, Central & Western Region Gathered at Phil. Embassy-RUH during BICAM Consultation

Filcom Leaders from Eastern, Central & Western Region Gathered at Phil. Embassy-RUH during BICAM Consultation

Year 2003 when Republic Act 9189 becomes a law, more particularly known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Law of 2003“. Finally, overseas Filipinos are allowed to vote in absentia. Though, OFs have been given the right to vote under the Philippine  Constitution of 1986, it took more than 15 years before the mentioned law was passed.

Filcom Leaders one by one spoke to the Senators wit hundreds of crowds at the Phil. Embassy grounds

Filcom Leaders one by one spoke to the Senators with hundreds of OFWs at the Phil. Embassy grounds

Today, 20 years ago, the fight must continue. Our right to be represented as a marginalized/special sector remains futile. It is not just the right to vote but we are entitled  “vis a vis” in shaping our country to move forward.

Next month, April 14 to May 14 to be exact, the 504,110 OFWs registered as overseas absentee voters will cast their votes for the second time around. In this figures, 191,760 are in Asia-Pacific countries, 218,260 in the Middle East, 27,240 in North and South America and 48,446 in Europe. And a total of 18,404 Filipino seafarers serving in ocean-going vessels will cast their votes too.

Senator's Angara, Pimentel, Sotto and DFA USec Rafael Seguis

Senator's Angara, Pimentel, Sotto and DFA USec Rafael Seguis

Most number of OFW absentee voters are in Hong Kong with 96,505; Saudi Arabia, 58,245; United Arab Emirates, 35,304; and Singapore, 26,835.

Go out! fellow Absentee Voters,  exercise your long awaited right of suffrage and vote wisely. ###  BongA

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