If we step a few months back, the Philippines would have been witnessing a race between Manny Villar and Mar Roxas vying for the highest position in the land. But a twist of fate happened and we now have a senator, who didn’t really have any plans of running for president, leading the surveys. My mom called it Noynoy Aquino’s destiny. And so I ask, is presidency now a matter of fate? Shouldn’t it be a matter of will?
As a first-time voter, I feel the huge and heavy responsibility of voting for the candidate, who I believe, has a dream and vision for a better Philippines (or probably simply good because the country is not really in a good state as of the moment).
I wouldn’t go for a senator who’s only living up to the legacy of his parents. Or the senator who has filled our televisions (and radios, and newspapers, and whatever other medium there is) with lies. Or the former president. Or the religious leaders because I respect Article II Sec 6 of the 1987 Constitution. Or the other senator who’s running after her supposed mana from her aunt.
I could vote for the environmentalist because he has the experience and the intelligence. But only if he’s running for senator. And so, I am voting for the hot-tempered senator, who has the will to lead, the experience, the intelligence, and a good track record.
The Sole Gordon Supporter in the Family
As weird and stressful as it may seem, our family talks about politics at home. We talk about the people we’re gonna vote for. Sometimes, we end up arguing. Most of the time, I am the target of the debates. My mom, dad, and brother are all voting for Noynoy Aquino. Yes, my family belongs to the yellow army. I, on the other hand, am voting for Richard Gordon.
There had been a lot of instances when my mom and dad would talk me into voting for Aquino. I remember the night when I was answering my take home exam for DS 128 when my dad suddenly told me I should vote for Noynoy. He told me that Noynoy promises six years of no corruption and that is, as of the moment, what the country really needs. How exactly is he gonna do that? Our simple talk turned into an argument. We even reached the point of arguing about Marcos and Cory Aquino. That night, I cried because my dad won’t stop until he hears me say I’m gonna vote for his presidential bet. That night, I vowed that I would never ever vote for Noynoy Aquino because he was the reason why I wasn’t able to answer my take home exam properly.
I must admit that I once considered voting for Noynoy Aquino mainly because he seemed to be best candidate out there – no history of corruption, a son of the heroes of this country…then, I was left with no other reason. Having been a representative of Tarlac for nine years and a senator for three years, Noynoy has not really done anything for his constituents and for the country. He has not even passed a single law. I heard him speak against the current administration, but speaking is not enough. He really didn’t even plan on running for president until his mother died. He run because “the people want him to.” Not because he really wanted to lead the country. Not because he really had a dream for the Filipinos.
Noynoy Aquino was not really prepared for the campaign. His first TV advertisement featured a number of local artists, mostly are friends of his sister, Kris Aquino. Noynoy only has his parents to bank on. In his commercials, he mostly spoke as THE son of Ninoy and Cory. He said how he’s not going to do anything bad for the country because he is the son of Ninoy and Cory. It was all about living up to what his parents had done for the Philippines. Only when he was questioned about his platform and the release of Manny Villar’s I-will-get-you-out-of-poverty campaigns did Noynoy Aquino made a stand on poverty and corruption.
I do not want a president who doesn’t have a plan. I do not want a president who only responds when the issue is already at hand. I do not want a president, who after 12 years of public service, has not really done anything concrete for the country.
Dick Gordon for President
I am not about to brag what my presidential bet has done as a public servant. Just visit his website and find out for yourself how Gordon was as a Mayor, SBMA Chairman, DoT Secretary, Senator, and Chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross. But I am gonna tell you why I’m voting for Gordon on May 10.
- Gordon is for change. With the current situation of our country, what we need is an overhaul, not only of the government, but of the attitude of the people as well. We need to stop saying that we want change. We have to take action to bring the Philippines to a better state. As what Gordon has said, “What this country needs is not just a change of men, but a change in men.”
- Gordon has a clear vision for the Philippines. Who among the presidential candidates has said that he/she will give the teachers a 40,000php salary? Who among the presidential candidates wants to provide the students with Kindle instead of textbooks full of wrong information and grammar? Only Gordon. We may think these things are impossible, but who knows? By 2016, educators are earning what they deserve to earn and students learn from technology and not from anomalous textbooks.
- Gordon can and Gordon will. I won’t argue with the attitude Dick Gordon has. I can see how hot-tempered he is in television interviews. Or how arrogant he may seem when answering questions from interviewers. But I won’t argue with the person’s determination either. Look at what he has done with Subic. Or with the Department of Tourism’s award-winning campaign, Wow Philippines. Or how he has worked as a volunteer in PNRC.
A number of people I talk to tell me “Okay sana si Gordon, kaso hindi mananalo.” Voting for your president is not a matter of win ability, but a matter of principle. This coming May 10, I will be voting for the candidate who has an excellent track record in public service; the candidate who has a dream and vision for this ailing country; and the candidate who is hot-tempered but still gets to create a funny video with Moymoy Palaboy.