The 11th hour Filipino syndrome is one of the negative traits we have Filipinos and I personally acknowledged it. Probably, this is the main reason that progress within us and the whole Filipino nation is very slow due to the mentioned sickness.
Yesterday I was there at our Philippine Embassy and casted my vote. Sadly, we noticed that very few absentee voters were there to exercise their right of suffrage. I remember in 2004, the absentee voters flock at our Embassy in the last day of voting period. I will not be surprised it would be the same in this years’ election. Though the possibility of low voters turn out in Riyadh did not crossed my mind, “I still believed that Filipinos loved the spirit of our democracy and that is the right to vote”.
On the other hand, we are glad that our observations in the first day of voting period were given attention by the OAV in charge of our Philippine Embassy.
1) The back to back lists of Party List Group postings were already in the front page
2) UHU glue are available in all precincts
3) The Black Python Martial Arts members were there assigned as Marshals. The First Friday of the voting period was peaceful and orderly.
We visited the office of the OAV Committee Chairman in Riyadh Vice Consul Abiog on some important inquiries and officialy requested him to provide us the figures of the voters turn out in weekly basis.
Hoping to give you more infos in the next succeeding Fridays.