On my way home to Nueva Ecija to do my duty as a citizen of this country - to vote.
It was my second time already and I felt more mature and more responsible. I chose my candidates wisely. Sadly, I wasn’t able to fill all 12 spots for the Senators. Some might say that I wasted my ballot for not voting for 12 but what could I do? The others who didn’t make it on my list seemed not deserving for my vote. I researched the candidates. I didn’t give in to their commercials. I chose them based on their credentials, not just by influence and family name.
Online, people were crazy and were telling one another who to vote for and they were sort of agreeing who needs to be on the Senate. For instance, yes to Gordon and no to Binay. But that’s us, the youth, the kiddos, the newbies, the so-called hope of the future. And us is just a part of a whole. Those who didn’t even exercise their right to vote have no merits or whatsoever to complain that this or that candidate didn’t win. In the first place, it’s our duty as citizens of this country to elect people who will lead us. But what about the other parts of that whole? The illiterate? Those who live in the mountains who have no access to technology nor education? What about those who live below the poverty line and can only hope for a better tomorrow for their family? What about our overseas workers, the professionals, and the politicians themselves?
We could only hope and pray for a clean election but that didn’t happen. And I don’t think it’s going to happen ever. It might seem that I’m a bit pessimistic but that’s the reality for us, for our country. Even though the COMELEC issued a gun ban, there were still election-related violence throughout the country. Those who wanted to stay in power would kill for the spot. They would threaten the weak and bribe the people to vote for them. Often, they would go to those who are poor. They would give these families a small amount of sum and in return they would vote for this candidate. Hate me for it but that’s reality. These families would remember this candidate as the one who gave them money. They would not remember the other candidate even though that candidate had more credentials because he didn’t give them money. If the politicians are using the people, why don’t the people use them? They could have gotten the money and vote for the more deserving candidate. I have no idea if that happens because I haven’t really experienced it and nobody have given me a reliable account of that.
But what makes a candidate deserving? Is it the breeding? Is it the heart to serve the people? Is it the family history? Is it the credentials? Maybe this part is a subjective matter. After all, we all have this picture in our heads of the ultimate leader. As a student, I would have to say that one needs to be educated about the law. Or at least have some leadership experience at a smaller scale. But then being the optimistic person that I am, the heart and passion to serve the people wins in the end. I believe that no matter what major you took in college as long as you have a goal in mind, it can be reached. I did say long ago that I don’t like politics. I told myself I’m never going in to politics but my actions went against that. I ran for a position in my organization and I won. I guess at the bottom of my heart, I wanted to serve and make things happen. And then amidst the 2013 elections, I thought of running as president. Haha
An interviewer in med school told me that I had vague knowledge of what was it like in med school and that was what also went into my mind when the thought of becoming the president of the Philippines popped into my head. It was a crazy idea but who knows? I might really become president one day. But I wouldn’t just be a president because my mother was well known. I wouldn’t be a president because the people sympathized with me. I would be a president because of my competency and my heart to serve the people and make this country return to its previous prestige. And if I become the president of the Philippines, I’d be…
- reducing the crime rate - I’d put the death penalty back. There would be no bail for those who committed very serious crimes. Foreigners who committed felony while inside the country will not be deported back but be put on trial here. As of the moment, I can only think of these.
- leveling up the quality of education - I don’t particularly like the K-12 curriculum. It’s like we’re promoting blue-collar jobs. HS graduates who don’t want to pursue college can go to vocational school (that’s for 2 years only!) and get a decent job. I wanted to produce professionals. Not just for the country but for the people themselves. They would make much more money by being a professional. Schools would be rehabilitated and made more conducive for learning. As for the free education, I still don’t know what to do about that.
- saying no to privatization of companies - Electric, water, gas companies and others should be returned to the government. Forget about the taxes these companies pay, they never pay the right amount anyway. The government would earn much more if these weren’t owned by the private sector. More earnings, more money, more budget for education (oh, now I know how to give free education, haha). Also, foreigners will not be allowed have full ownership of big properties here. They can have less than 50% of the shares but not the majority.
- doing everything Marcos did - sans the evil parts. He’s my idol! The man was a genius! So much more than our current president who talks about his love life while the rest of the country starves.
- introducing farming technology to farmers - as a food technologist, I believe that technology would really sustain our farming industries. Abroad, farmers are rich. And I want to make our farmers rich also. They should own the land they till. Not the hacienderos and hacienderas. That’s old school Spanish. If not full ownership, maybe they can divide the shares for that land. Oh well, I was supposed to talk about technology. About that, introducing farming techniques for optimum crop production. Like use machines wherein it’s faster to harvest crops and shift to new varieties of crops (but that’s another story, like GMOs).
- building accessible and well equipped hospitals - as a future doctor, health is a concern of mine. I know that there aren’t many good hospitals around the country and I want to change that. I want to build hospitals for those who live very far away (mountain level and the like). Our previous helper once told me that it would take them hours to get to the nearest center. Take note, a health center. If I want this country to be in its maximum/optimum level of operation, I should take care of the people’s health.
- be really strict about corruption - should anyone be charged guilty of the said act or anything related to that, death penalty it is or life imprisonment. Haha
I’m not really a sadist but I think I am now. Haha Those who will oppose me will be sentenced to something. As of this writing, I think I don’t want to be president anymore. So many issues to tackle! And it’s making my head hurt. But these are just thoughts if I become president. Oh, and one more thing, the Philippines wouldn’t be a puppy to the USA anymore. Haha
And with all of these said, I must start studying for my exam next week. In barely a month, I’m off to med school already. I’ll just worry about my day-to-day problems at the moment. I can’t run for president in the next 10 years or so.