An Open Letter of Appeal to Absentee Voters
We all know that during elections, like the one we are having this year, is the best and only time that we can make our voice as citizens be heard. It was also in cognizance of this right that for years we fought it out with Congress that we, Overseas Filipinos, be given that right. In 2003 that right was given to us with the passage of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003. We first exercised our rights under that law during the national elections in 2004.
This year, starting from April 14 to May 14, we are again given the right to let our voices be heard. We are given the right to say, “Tama na, sobra na” to those whom we believe have not been true to their sworn responsibilities as our representatives; and to those whom we perceive are not supportive to the cause of Overseas Filipinos. And we are also given the right to say, “Ikaw nga, o kayo nga, ang tunay naming kapuso at kapamilya!”
But ten days through the one month voting period given to us, reports have it on how low the voters turn out has been. There are those who say, even among our embassy officials, that the numbers will improve on the last few days of the voting period.
We in the OFW Congress here in Riyadh, KSA believe that each of us has an obligation to remind our friends, our co-workers, our fellow Overseas Filipinos, even our relatives back home not to put their chance to be heard to waste by failing to cast their vote. Sabi nga sa TV advertisement: “Sa isang boto ng bawat isa sa atin magsisimula ang pagbabago.” Let’s all Go Out and Vote!
Thank you so much for your time and cooperation in making this year’s Overseas Absentee Voting a successful one. God Bless us and our country.
From: Overseas Filipino Workers Congress-Riyadh