Monday, May 10, 2010

Election Time.... and Fiesta too!

I live in a place where election and fiesta (a patron saint celebration) dates are coincidentally the same. As far as I can remember, almost 80 percent of my time spent there have the same date for election, may it be national or local election, and fiesta celebration.

Men in this place do not like this because they will not be able to drink alcoholic drinks, especially gin, since the Commission on Election (COMELEC) bans drinking alcoholic drinks during election day. However, they sometimes do not mind this too as this is the time that they will receive some money from the candidates. Well, do not be surprised if I say this, as vote-buying here in the Philippines, especially in the place where I live is not remote at all. This is a natural phenomenon :-)

Yes, as I said, election time is also the day when common people will receive money and other goods from the candidates. I remember when I was young, I asked my mom if she will vote the candidate I liked, she said that she will wait till last minute, if her list (candidates who give money) will be completed, then my bet will not have any place in her ballot, since my bet did not have money to buy votes. I was disappointed and sad that time. I was too young to lecture my mom, so I promised myself that I will never accept money from candidates when time comes that I can vote. But that was changed. Yes, I was changed, but not these politicians. They still continue to give money during election. Still continue spending tons and tons of money just to ensure that they will hold office for the next three years. In these years, I learned to be practical. Accept the money and put it in your pocket, but pen the name of the candidates based on what your heart and mind tells you. This is the principle I now follow every time I vote. I know that some will not accept my principle at all, why accept the money? It is still corruption, right? Yeah, it is, but it was foolish to refuse the money as this money will just go to other people's pocket, like the leaders and campaign managers. It will not be returned to the politician, as he already put it in his budget to buy you (voters). Well, as election time again, no voter is left without a peso in his/her pocket, not a bad election, right?

As for the fiesta, I am happy that it is celebrated here in the same day as election. That means, less people will come to our house as voters will go to politicians' houses after they vote. So, I do not need to prepare lots of food, and sometimes, these candidates send food ingredient to us too. What a great day for us! < Anyways, still vote wisely!

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