“Hope springs eternal.” This is not but a consoling truth in time of depression and dejection – having in mind the forthcoming elections with its many surprises plus their accompanying likewise many questions and numerous doubts . In other words, the following are but some of the key signs that proclaim the hope that the Country will survive the now already on-going electoral amorality – i.e., that there is nothing right or wrong provided these and those political candidates “win” the electoral exercise.
a. More and more able people are voting intelligently – over and above the mere publicity paid for by political candidates many of whom are engaging in some kind of a popularity contest. More importantly, a growing number of electorates are becoming more and more attentive and vigilant in seeing to it that their votes are duly counted and thus accounted for.
b. More and more civic-minded Filipinos share their time, knowledge and resources through healthy voluntarism in the formation of civic organizations and movements that are tasked with the fundamental mission of watching over the electoral process – before, during, and after it is held. The key members thereof are electoral counting machines savvy.
c. More and more non-traditional yet competent politicians are elected into office just as more and more young and idealistic politicians are accorded the chance to hold public offices. There are the best public officials who safeguard and promote the common good and public welfare of the people in general. They are the ones who make the electoral process worth the troubles it generate in society.
The above-mentioned signs of hope for the transformation of Philippine politics are neither but hopeful thinking nor but mere aspirations – nor but vague options. So is it that more and more populist resolves and pursuant actions are needed to make real and lasting difference in the Philippine political scene and culture long since undermining national development and progress specially in the socio-economic order.
But then, let it be said that the saying “One strep at a time goes far in the day” is worth remembering and accordingly acted upon. In other words, the rather long-standing viciousness appended to Philippine politics in general, can still be slowly but surely counteracted by still upright and competent politicians – with the affirmation and support of likewise upright and competent Filipino citizens.
No. It is neither useless nor hopeless. A couple of hundred professional corrupt and corrupting public officials are no match to millions of voters who study the qualifications of the candidates for public office, who cast their votes accordingly and who see to it that their votes are duly counted. Otherwise, even their children will suffer the consequences of being governed by disabled and lazy, individualist and dynastic politicos.