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Friday, May 3, 2013

On this coming 2013 election

This blog is far from my usual notes on peace and love.

As a writer, it is best if I speak for the voiceless: the poverty-stricken sectors of our society.

They have no time to blog and articulate their deep sentiments on the inconsistency of their local and national leaders. They want to change that will affect them with sustainability.

They cannot blog even if they want to for most of them do not have electrical appliances in their dilapidated homes. They could barely eat one meal a day.

For those of you who have the luxury of technology, celebrate what you have and count your blessings. Most families could not even buy a kilo of rice if they could not earn for the day.

What am I saying is for us to ally with the sentiments of the poor. Drumbeat their cause and plight. They have no means to raise their case online. They have no money to spare to use for internet shops.

The point is, their number is growing and the more they feel the burdens of life when they could not put meals on the table (that is if they have tables) nor could they send their kids to school.

Watching some politicians talk on national channels about how they present their program of government makes me switched off the television with more questions unanswered.

I do not complicate issues in my mind. My first concern is the welfare of the people. It is an undeniable truth that the Philippines is not a rich country. We need to borrow from international banks to fund the projects for the poor.

As a Mindanawan, it makes me cynical, not the usual positive me, knowing that most of those who want to lead fall on lip service. People of Mindanao want to see results. They are tired of mere promises.

In fact, I am not against politicians who talk less but do more. Government service is action oriented, it is not a lifetime courtship of "bola bola lang".

My wish is very simple, and I would like to address this to all politicians vying for elective office: Prioritize the poor and make it your leadership vow.

No, it is not only about the photo op, but doing your work silently without much fanfare. Stop defining your mission for government service but focus on its delivery. Stop making promises, just DELIVER.

I am not in the position to tell you what to do. You are the wannabe leader. You should know better.

Just do what is best for the people. Just DELIVER.

Thank you all dear friends for this opportunity to interact with you and share my simple wish for the upcoming 2013 election on all levels.

Wassalam. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!

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