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I want to stay away from discussing politics and religion in this blog. But with the recent Philippine election results coming to a close, two quotes come to mind that I wish to share.
“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” – Joseph Stalin
“Every nation gets the government it deserves.” – Joseph de Maistre
So I am writing this as a reaction and disbelief of how some political candidates who do not deserve to win, won. And how we, Filipinos, let it happened.
My earliest recollection of Philippine election was of 1986. It was when Ferdinand Marcos’ rule over the country was on shaky grounds that he needed to call a snap election the prove that his government still has power over the country.
When Marcos was declared the elected President on February 9, 1986, there was a walkout in the Commission of Elections when they sensed that the counting was manipulated in favor of Marcos.
What happened after was Philippine’s finest contribution to history when we fought for democracy in a peaceful revolution. History calls it the People Power Revolution.
It was the start of something new for Filipinos. And yes, we fought for democracy back then. Twenty seven years later, we just had too much democracy that we forgot to learn from our past.
Because with this election, how can an impeached president win as a mayor? More importantly, how can a neophyte with no credentials win her first run as a Philippine senator?
The answer is very clear. WE LET IT HAPPEN.
And the saddest thing about it, is that all we can do about it is make jokes and internet memes.
The jokes on all of us and we deserve it.