Preparing the thumb for the stains of politics

One of the letters I received was from William S. of California USA.  His letter merits attention, because he suggests I write about something he finds important.

Part of his letter reads:

“I am one of your avid readers in the Ilocos Times Online.  Based in the west coast USA, I make sure I read your column on a daily basis during my free time at work. It is a matter of principle that we really need to give you due recognition for providing enlightening information on the various social issues in the provincial and national levels. The issues you tackle span the judicial system, social economic system, political system and educational system. I admire some of your articles when it bites the “status quo” of those people in power, whether in elective or appointive positions, who are holding and discharging their duties for their own and circle-of-friends’ benefits. I also came to believe that the Ilocos Region seems to be the “Wild-Wild-North” of the entire archipelago since it is all the same since I left to this date. The conflict resolution in the political arena undermines the rule of law.

“The reason for this email is to suggest that we educate the local voters for the upcoming 2010 local and national elections. I was wondering if you could mention in your column how to value their votes for the right candidates in the upcoming election. There has to be a way to gauge budding political figures versus those who would like to perpetuate the political family dynasty. The electorate has to realize that there is always an alternative, a fresh start and new faces to select from instead of the “traditional.” There is always a political process to use if we elect the person who does not meet the people’s expectation. We also need to address those folks in the rural areas to stay home during election day if they are not aware of the issues affecting them and if they do not know the political agenda of the candidates. We need to emphasize to the rural folks and others that a few cans of sardines and a couple kilograms of rice should not subvert the voice of the people during elections.”

Here’s good news for you, Apo William.

The Social Sciences Department of MMSU-CAS, where I belong, is sponsoring a series of activities on political education and election volunteerism, September 7 to 10, 2009, at the MMSU Batac Campus.

With the theme, Agtutubo: Preparing the thumb for the stains of politics, the weeklong affair shall engage the public, especially the youth, on issues surrounding political education and election volunteerism in light of the national struggle for emancipation from traditional politics, transactional leadership, and morally-bereft governance.

The activities kick off on September 7 (Monday), 8:00 a.m., with Tita Lita (of New Hampshire USA, but currently on vacation in Batac), Riknakem’s most ardent follower, cutting the ribbon at an art-exhibit-cum-election-precinct at the College of Arts and Sciences Lobby.  The exhibit shall showcase students’ artworks interpreting the theme.

In the exhibit area, a mock poll shall also be held to feel the pulse of university students and employees on their preferred presidential candidates for the 2010 elections.  Immediately after the precincts close on September 9 (Wednesday), at 3:00 p.m., the ballots shall be appreciated by student volunteers, and the results analyzed by our Social Sciences faculty.  We hope to be able to do the mock polls periodically until immediately before the May 2010 polls.

Capping the series of activities is a forum to be held on September 10 (Thursday), 8:30 a.m., when speakers, led by Prof. Ruel F. Pepa of Trinity University of Asia and our very own Steve Barreiro of The Ilocos Times, shall tackle the national and local political climates, and how the youth can help institute reforms.  The results of the mock polls shall also be presented and dissected in the forum.

ABS-CBN has been invited to recruit volunteers for their Boto Mo, i-Patrol Mo campaign, which promotes a vigilant and proactive brand of citizenship, especially among the youth.

When Steve survived an assassination attempt recently, I told my ruminant colleague that he emerged unscathed from the incident because there are still a lot of things he should do, speaking at our forum included.  I am actually excited to be with him in the event.  Two heads are better than one, but two balding heads are brilliant.  Just imagine the amount of reflection (no pun intended) it would lead our audience to.

When you have time, dear karikna, come attend the forum, and/or visit the exhibit.  Then let’s have coffee (or beer) after, my treat.

33 Comments

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33 responses to “Preparing the thumb for the stains of politics

  1. pinkcushion

    Politics can be describe as shrewdly judicious in support of an aim..2010 election is up coming and the politicians beginning to convince people to vote for them. As a young, I have to choose for the right leaders in our country. We must not vote the politicians who are again buying the votes just to win. Did they think , that when they distributed money for so many people to vote, they can easily get back the money they wasted just to vote them? huh!!not so!!but surely they can get it back, when they are already in their position , of course they begin to corrupt. Until their rich there aim!!AIM to become rich!!

  2. pinkcushion

    Politics can be describe as shrewdly judicious in support of an aim..2010 election is up coming and the politicians beginning to convince people to vote for them. As a young, I have to choose for the right leaders in our country. We must not vote the politicians who are again buying the votes just to win. Did they think , that when they distributed money for so many people to vote, they can easily get back the money they wasted just to vote them? huh!!not so!!but surely they can get it back, when they are already in their position , of course they begin to corrupt. Until their reach there aim!!AIM to become rich!!

  3. jienszien

    Its a good idea that our school came up with this activity concerning the youth and preparing them for something we expect and we do not expect during election. Election in the Philippines is a mess, dirty politics governing the country, its like a big stain taht cannot remove from acolorless shirt. The theme gives us a clear idea of what they really mean when we talk about politics and exactly, it reaches us, students,because we participated in said activity.We want to fight for what is right , we want to choose fr our good,we wnat to live life comfortably, we want to experience what other progressive countries do and we want to be known not for being a corrupt and disgusting country but, being an industrialize and a standout Philippines

  4. jienszien

    Its a good idea that our school came up with this activity concerning the youth and preparing them for something we expect and we do not expect during election. Election in the Philippines is a mess, dirty politics governing the country, it’s like a big stain that cannot remove from a colorless shirt. The theme gives us a clear idea of what they really mean when we talk about politics and exactly, it reaches us, students, because we participated in said activity.We want to fight for what is right , we want to choose fr our good,we wnat to live life comfortably, we want to experience what other progressive countries do and we want to be known not for being a corrupt and disgusting country but, being an industrialize and a standout Philippines.I congratulate you because I know you put effort to it, and everytime you came into our class you are always reminding us o be wise in everything, in every matter concerning and involving us, our freedom and our right.

  5. rj

    The election in the Philippines is very frustrating because of different election violations. It is good that we had this program for the preparation for the coming 2010 elections. We, the voters and with the help of the media shall participate to watch for our votes and different election violations of the politicians. In the past election there are so many election violations happened, now I hope that the media will do their best to protect the votes of the people and we also.

  6. ★★★ J®ED ★★★

    Politics… politics… politics

    Its the TIME for the alligators to fight for a single position, for power, and for wealth…Now a days many of the candidates for the 2010 election are look like angels but still there big tail and sharp teeths are preety obvious…

    Clean election? Just same old stories. Kailan pa naging malinis ang election. However, we can make this election far better than before…

    Look beyond what you see…vote wise…

  7. James Richard E. Duquez

    Politics? Two thumbs down…philippine politics is like a dirty game. Kelan pa naging malinis ang election? never ever… Its’ alligators den, where each of them snaps. for me i cant trust anyone during election.

  8. silent

    For me, this idea of Mr. William S. is really good so that we can determinedthe majorities choice of our University. I do not like the result that Senator Chiz Escudero is the number 1 . I dont like him because we all know that nothing changes happen when he is a congressmanand as of now as a Senator.

  9. JC_vampire

    its good that there are activities like this this will help the VOTERS to mold their minds to become wise voters and have more iformation about POLITICS and about the CANDIDATES??????

  10. ianjumpssy_04

    Election is in the air. Even in the television, radio, newspaper and other forms of media reflects the true essence of election.
    Tunay nga namang dumating na ang eleksyon, pero laganap na naman ba ang “vote buying”? Sana naman, tayong mga mamamayan huwag tayong pasilaw sa mga salitang binubungaw-ngaw ng mga kumakandidato. Dapat kung gusto natin ng pagbabago, simulan natin sa ating mga sarili, isipin natin na ang isang boto nakasalalay ang pagbabago ng ating bansa.
    Kaya mag-isip tayo ng tama, piliin natin kung sino talaga ang karapatdapat para hindi tayo magsisi sa bandang huli.
    THE REAL CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU!!!!

  11. ATOM

    ano na ang nangyayari sa pilipinas?
    tuwing eleksyon, bayad dito bayad doon, mga pulitiko parang mga pulubi na naghahabol ng mga taong pwedeng bayaran para sa kanilang mga boto.

    bakit naman kaya ang tao ay nagpapaloko??
    tlaga ngang dalawa lng ang klase ng tao sa mundo , manluluko at nagpapaluko.

    gising na tau mga pilipino , bumangon tau at ilayon natin ang integridad ng ating halalan.

    TAYO ANG SIMULA!!!!

  12. cherhoze

    In the Philippines the election is very frustrating because of the different violations. , the voters and and the youths with the help of our media shall participate to care and watch for the upcoming 2010 election violations of the politicians in the Philippines. during the past election there are violations happened, i hope for the next elections no more violation will happen and all the politicians have as good will to serve our country

  13. angel

    This activity is a big appluase for our school specially the sociology department. Nasa ating kamay ang mananalo. Let’s think wise. Maraming paraan upang magka pera tayo. Wag pasisilaw sa mga bampirang nambibili ng boto.

    IKAW MISMO PILIPINO ANG PAG ASA NG ATING BAYAN!

    mababago natin ang pilipinas kung hindi tayo mawawalan ng pag asa. hindi madali ang pagbabago ng isang bagay lalo na’t malawak ang Pilipinas at madaming bampira.

  14. It is good to ideal that our school came up with this activity concerning the youth and preparing for something we expect and we do not expect during the election. In 2010 election is coming and the politicians beginning to convince people to vote for them. As a youth and permanently citizen in this father land, I don’t want the real life I’m occupying now. So I have to choose for the right leaders in our country. Dirty politics who are buying there votes just to win. They distributed money for so many people to vote them. As the day come the money that they given to them to the voters they can get it back when they are already in their power and ignore the real needs of the people. Our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal says “Bayan muna bago bayan”. But some politicians say “Sarili muna bago bayan”.
    This is the reason why were lack on money because of the dishonest politicians. The political system has degenerated into electing people who will be the voters (powerful people’s and common citizen alike) is moot likely to win favor from. Nobody trusts the police, and nobody trusts the servant.
    Many of our leaders abused their power regardless for those people will call at government. Most of our leaders educated and best prepared for government service. But I never understand that those people will have become our own worst enemies. .

  15. ILLUSIONS_INVISIBILITY

    “ako ang simula”. A campaign that promotes a clean and honest election. This is a worthwhile activity because it prepares and awakens every Filipino voters to choose the leaders that will lead us in the future. Through this program, everybody will be able to think that there votes can change the course of the future of the country.

  16. lost_silence

    I was also there that time when this affair were held at MMSU-CAS this September. I knew what patriotism means when I had given a chance to vote for my presidential candidate this Election.
    Sana ay meron ding ganito sa mga lugar na lalo na sa mga may illiterate na mga tao.

  17. Philippine politics has a bad image like dirty, not peaceful, politicians always cheat just to win some people says that all politician are like BUYA they are corrupt and some of them do not have trust to any elections anymore. But still i will sacrifice my thumbs just to vote for the 2010 election,kahit ilang stain pa yan because it is our social responsobilty.It is not bad to have faith that not only the government will change but also the attitude of politician.Wag kasi nating hayaan na paikutin tayo ng mga politiko sila ang paikutin natin.hehehe.Be wise!!

    Nice activity sir pinamulat nyo sa amin ang kalagayan ng politics sa bansa because most of us are immature.clapclap…

  18. Uzumaki NAruto

    Your activity regarding on the political awareness of the youth is a one of a kind activity that I’ve joined. Because of this I was awakened from a very bad dream. . Every time I here the words election, politics, government I was very mad because for me all of those words can be joined together making the words DIRTY. Yeah for me election is dirty, politics is dirty and especially the government. I thought that this will be forever. But when I was awakened I realized that there is still HOPE. There is still a possibility that will make the dirty CLEAN. Yeas its true. And that hope is in US. The YOUTH.

  19. Uzumaki NAruto

    I would like to share to you the following with my insights to my fellow voters specially the YOUTH.
    10 Commandments for Responsible Voting
    from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
    1. Thou shalt vote according to the dictate of your conscience.
    ( iboboto mo ba siya dahil sa nakokonsensya ka? Dahil sa kakilala mo siay kaya dapat iboto mo na siya? At sinasabi ng konsensya mo na _”vote for him/her. Kawawa naman siya.” )
    2. Thou shalt respect the decision of others in choosing their candidates.
    (sa lahat ng bagay, kaylangan natin ng respeto para sa isat-isa. Dahil sa kahit na ginawa man tayo ng Diyos na pantay-pantay hindi pa rin tayo magkakapareho ng mga gusto o reaksyon.)
    3. Thou shalt seek to know the moral integrity, capabilities and other personal qualities of the candidates you will vote for.
    (kailangan mo talagang alamin kung ano ang mga moral integrity, capabilities, etc nga politikong gusto mong iboto. Alangan naman na hulaan mo na lang kung sino ang pwede. Ang pagvovote ay hindi ito parang test na MULTIPLE CHOICE na pwede kang mag MINIMINI MY NIMo{am I right}. Ito ay parang test sa Math na kailangan mo ng solution. Kung saan ang mga solution na iyon ay ang mga moral integrity, capabilities at iba pa ng mga politikong tumatakbo. NO SOLUTION WRONG ANSWER ika nga. )
    4. Thou shalt strive to understand the issues, platform and programs of candidates and parties seeking your vote.
    (kailangan mo ring intindihin ang mga plataporma ng mga politoko. Wag ka lang making sa kanila kailangan mo rin isapuso ang mga ito lalo na king nakabubuti ito sa bansa. Wag kang basta-basta maniniwala sa lahat ng mga sinasabi nila)
    5. Thou shalt not sell your vote.
    (ito ang pinakaimportante. Wag na wag mong ibebenta ang iyong boto. Dahil sa hindi ka naman businessman/businesswoman para magtinda ng boto. At saka wala kang business permit. Illegal ang pagbebenta kung wala kang business permit. Kaya mag isip-isip ka kaibigan bago ka magbenta. Kahit na isa lng ang ibebenta mo. Hehe. Kung ibebenta mo man ang iyong boto magi sip-isp ka dahil sayo nakasalalay ang iyong kinabukasan. Kung hindi magaling o mabuti ang iyong ibinoto lagot ka. )
    6. Thou shalt not vote for candidates using guns, goons and gold.
    ( sino ba naman ang may gusto sa mga politikong may barik at saka may goons? Nakakatakot naman sila)
    7. Thou shalt not vote for candidates with records of graft and corruption.
    (alangan naman kasing iboboto niyo sila eh kuakot na nga sila eh. )
    8. Thou shalt not vote for candidates just because of “utang na loob”, popularity, or pakikisama.
    (ang kasikatan ng isang tao ay hindi basehan sa pagpili ng iboboto. At ang kaisaisa mong boto ay hindi ang kabayaran ng iyong utang na loob sa isang tao. MAGISIP KA)
    9. Thou shalt not vote for candidates living an immoral life.
    (——)
    10. Thou shalt put the welfare of the country above all else in choosing the candidate you will vote for.
    (sa pagboto, kailangan mong isipin ang kapakanan ng buong bansa. Wag lang ang iyong sarili. Kung nakakabuti man sayo ito, isipin mo muna kung nakakabuti rin ba ito sa karamihan. Kailangan nating magtulungan para sa ikauunlad ng ating bayan.)

  20. Uzumaki NAruto

    Politics is a dirty game with dirty players who are in position of power and major influence. (tulad ni PMGA)to change this dirty game into a clean one. we need a change. Yes a change that will open the eyes of the people to see what is true around them. And that CHANGE is in our hands. We. The youth.
    In this coming election we should vote and protect our rights. We should remember that we are living in a democratic country. Young votes comprise the majority of the voting population. Meaning there is the power of the youth to significantly contribute to the institutionalization of deeper and meaningful reforms in our political country.
    So you see, to my fellow youth we hold the future.
    The change depends on us.
    Register and vote.
    Don’t let another “MONSTER” lead our country.
    Let our voices be heard through voting.
    {To the social science department. Thanks to you. For without you my political awareness would not be like this.}

  21. William S.

    i do not know for sure if electing deserving public officials and appointing honest public servants are the only prudent means to elevate the standard of living of the social class living below the poverty line. there is a strong co-relation of rampant corruption in the government with poverty in our society. the ill effect would drastically denude the tax collection system which would hinder the various government agencies to deliver basic services to the people. i do not like to sound like a socialist in this issue and i understand that the government herself is not the solution of all the problems. i am not sure if we need to emphasize more on nationalism and descipline early in grade school, or what we really need to rule the country is a tyrant but honest leader.

  22. my instructor once said.. “u cud never change the world but at least u cud make a difference..” I was hesitant to believe at first but as i internalize everything, i realized what he said is one of the intolerable realities we have.silly much right?he confessed to us, he never voted since former president fidel v. ramos finished his terms..why?’coz he’s numb to believe that philippines could still be changed..

    our country is one of the poorest.corruption,pollution,overpopulation and poverty are some of the major problems we face.this situation is indeed alarming..in fact, we could now feel the effect.from the recent typhoons that hit our country, many filipinos suffered a lot..
    NOW.election is fast approaching..i therefore, encourage each and everyone to exercise our right to suffrage.(or the privilege i should say..)

    ITS hard.Its a long way to go.Yet, If we don’t begin the fight now, who would dare?Be brave..Have that courage..Vote wisely..

    To my fellow first voters, it does not mean we are less knowledgeable..We have our own principles..We are equally gifted with intellect..

    So, stand up..take your part..You may not know, your vote could make a difference between a change of good to better..

    Our future lies in our hands.. Vote wisely;-X For us and our future generation as well..

    Mabuhay Pilipinas.=D

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Remember, joan, that profound social change is brought about not by individuals, but by movements. What we need, therefore, is to build and strengthen a unified front in the quest for credible elections and good governance.

  23. tita lita

    yes two balding heads alright….they are called solar panels….LOL

  24. Your blogsite is like an opium to me, hey! It’s only now that I find plenty of time in front of my PC to browse on some of your blogposts. You write so well – a real balanced writer, I admire you for that.
    There is a defining trend now among the new sets of voters. These are the youth and the baby boomers who are well-educated and gutsy. I believe that the traditional vote-buying would no longer hold fast as it was during the past. Some far-flung barangayfolks may have still the fear to follow blindly the dictates of their barangay chiefs who distribute monies. But most folks now are fighting for their suffrage rights. With the text brigades (SMS feature of cellphones) of the populace, cheating and illegal activities are deterred lest such activity would be recorded on picture or video and sent via MMS to a TV station.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Thank you, asiong. You add vibrance and dynamism to this blog. Your thoughts always me think… and rethink.

      I agree that the thirst for good governance is really leading people to partake, to chip in. We hope that the coming elections would be less disappointing than those in the past,

  25. ra

    I just entered the politics proper, as a new voter, I don’t know which of the candidates is the best to vote. As a first timer, I just voted those who are familiar to me, which should not be. For a beginner like me, I still don’t have enough knowledge with the proper way of choosing the right candidate. Us youth, needs to educate ourselves in choosing the right candidates.

  26. ninj

    I was not able to participate on the last held election because I haven’t turned 18 that time.. But at my age, it is but proper to have an idea on the election, the candidates, their purposes on running and other matters.. I encountered candidates who were vote buying, I know it’s not right, but then, I heard someone say, “just accept the bribe but still, vote wisely”.. I am wondering on those candidates who spend lots of money for vote buying just to take the position just because his/her dad/mom/relative was the last who took the position.. Why in the world did those people existed in politics? To improve their place, or to be more popular?! *sigh

  27. knight09

    Bukod doon sa mga patalastas na umeere sa mga telibisyon na naghihikayat sa mga kabataan na bomoto sa eleksyon, naging bahagi din ako dun sa naganap na mock poll election sa CAS. Saludo ako sa mga taga Social Sciences Department sapagkat nakaisip sila ng isang programang tumulong sa mga estudyante o mga kabataan ng MMSU para maging handa sa National Election. Ipagpatuloy pa po ninyo ang mga ganitong adhikain.

  28. It’s good to know that the youth of today are now involving themselves to such important events like this. They will finally come to realize and be concerned on the different happenings in politics. This can also help us youth, to determine who will we vote as to how the candidates would appeal and take action to various problems, concerning the lives of people. Hoping that the chosen leaders of today will do better and do their job as well!

  29. joma

    the election in our country is really disgusting and frustrating because of different violations of voters. and its a good idea that our school came up with an activity concerning the youth about the election. everybody should know that voting wisely is a big help for the betterment of our country.

  30. tintin

    Election in the Philippines is such a mess, dirty politics governing the country. Politicians cheat just to win, they give money to voters or just say vote buying. All politicians said during their campaign that they will not corrupt but see what is happenibg to our country today, its going worst. Its nice that they conduct this activity so teach those who are first timer to vote. Hoping Next,next election all would vote wisely!

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