The Philippines presidential election
After 6 years, the Philippines presidential election is a mere two weeks away. This 2016 election cycle has seen a lot of hope for change from fellow Filipinos locally and from abroad. It is no secret that historically elections in the Philippines have been burdened by corruption.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” - Sir John Dalberg-Acton
There are few countries where family ties and fame are requirements enough to hold powerful governmental positions. Too many of our elected officials are part of political dynasties, where families that hold power tend to keep it. This with little regard to education, skills or for that matter qualification for the positions they seek to hold. This tends to give fraudulent and erroneous democratic representation to the masses, while giving absolute power to themselves.
“It is time to shift away from the “days of old”, to the thinking and hopes of the “days of new””. - C.K.
People are hungry for change, they want their democratic voices to be heard and respected, not coerced by fame, fortune or family ties of the entitled few. Now is the time to shift away from the days of old to the days of new!
Why Mayor Duterte?
It is a fact that no country is exempted from being corrupt, but unlike most developed countries, the Philippines scored 35 out of 100 on the world corruption index.
Read more about the 6 most corrupt countries in the world.
Duterte promised to get rid of corruption, which is pretty much rooted in our current political system in the Philippines. This we can believe him, since, he has already proven his abilities to stamp out corruption in his own city of Davao. His success can be mirrored throughout the country. If it has been done once it can be done again through good, strong and caring leadership that mayor Duterte represents.
Personally, having had the opportunity to live in one of the least corrupt countries in the world, Filipinos abroad (including myself) know first-hand the importance of having a system that is for the people, by the people. It is the system which I believe, mayor Duterte represents. A shift from the old corrupt ways to the refreshing hope of the new.
Here's more about Mayor Duterte, by Al Jazeera.
Undecided yet for the Philippines presidential election?
While my FB feed is flooded with links and posts about the presidential election, I can’t help but appreciate some awesome friends who have the boldness to genuinely express their support to their presidential candidates. And I wanted to share these with you, so you may also get inspired and motivated to vote in the next Philippines presidential election of 2016. I got their permissions to repost it to my blog, so here you go!
So please go out and vote, use your democratic voice and choose your representative. Don’t let someone choose for you!
For a brief background of the Philippines' political leaderships, watch this video by Wall Street Journal.
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