I didn't bother to register at the COMELEC for this year's election because I couldn't find time in my busy schedule to take a leave. I was hoping the agency would have office on weekdays for someone as busy as I am, but to no avail. Somebody told me that if I will not register, I won't be able to vote. My mind was already set that I won't be able to exercise my right to decide for the future of our nation.
The campaign went on as scheduled. I was stuck in traffic for two hours on two separate occasions because of the long campaign caravans of opposing parties. It was one hell of an afternoon ride! I was late for important appointments.
A few days ago, I had a conversation with my sister about the ongoing campaign--how we both hate a particular campaign jingle, the allowed sizes for campaign posters, the tons of garbage it will leave after the election and the cunning ways a politician does and will do to win precious votes. I told my sister that I won't be able to vote and she told me that I can. My name is still on the list of registered voters... even the name of our deceased grandparents are there. I could not help but ask myself, "What kind of election and political system do we have?".
There were reports in our area of posters being burned and slashed by the opposing party. Those things were done on broad daylight. Whoever did such things are sore losers and desperate... and knowing that I can still exercise my right, they will never have my precious vote. I don't want my child to live a life in a society of immature leaders.
My prayer for the Philippines this May 13, 2013 election is for the people to vote wisely.