This is good news. This is optimism. There are marked indications that the deviant Philippine Politics by and large brought to fore by an errant Filipino political culture is definitely not a hopeless case, not an incurable malady. This bright outlook is basically premised on the significance and import of certain highly meaningful socio-political events and developments that have distinctly registered themselves in the history of the Country – such as the following more noticeable phenomena:
There were the 1978 national elections held precisely during the infamous Martial Law regime that proved to be a shining moment of the Filipino people. They took the risk of telling the truth, of facing the danger of acting against the excesses of the then government of one man. In 1986, volunteer citizen groups in massive numbers, confronted the serious threat brought about by safeguarding the ballots against a seemingly invisible government machinery bent on thwarting the will of people. It was then that the word “EDSA” became a world-admired Philippine phenomenon. In 1992, the Filipinos then experienced a peaceful transfer of government through the option of a President who opted to step down from power. The “COMELEC” then performed its mandated task. The people grouped behind non-government organizations – and the rest is history. Thus it was that:
More and more Filipinos were voting intelligently – over and above the publicity financed and popularity gained by moneyed politicians. At the same time, the people were becoming more vigilant in seeing to it that their ballots were accordingly counted and thereby duly accounted for.
More and more civic-minded Filipinos shared their time, talent and treasure through healthy voluntarism in the formation of civic organizations and movements. These took the task of undertaking the fundamental mission of watching over the electoral process – before, during and after its holding.
More and more non-traditional politicians were elected into office just as more and more young and idealistic candidates were accorded the chance of holding public offices. These were elective positions specifically intended and designed for affirming the common good and promoting public welfare.
The above mentioned signs of hope in the transformation of Philippine election through duly elected as well as rightfully appointed Filipino public officials are not but fruits of imagination. They are standing historical facts. Needless to say, more critical populist resolves and pursuant actions are required to make a real difference in the political scene and culture presently still undermining Philippine progress and development.
But there are still signs of hope for better local politics, for better Filipino politicians, for a better Philippines!