Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We usually vote for the lesser evil.

Nong Johnny, 21, student, Iloilo City
Nong Johnny

This election has been a rather fun race. We had the billionaire Manny Villar, the son of a hero Noynoy, former ousted president Erap, Gloria's Defence Minister Gibo [Gilberto Theodoro], all likely winning contenders. Personality politics rules in this country.

This is the first time we had an automated election system. Though there were a few glitches and problems, overall this election was a success. It's a step towards safer and more fair elections in the future.

The violence was significantly lower than during previous elections. So, it's been a success.

I am just happy to know the president I voted for has already won. Though this does not mean he would not succumb to corruption.

We usually vote for the lesser evil. None of the candidates, including the one I voted for, seem able to bring real change. The system which keeps the country poor is still in place. There's rampant corruption and lack of trust for the politicians.

It's hard to get somewhere if you don't know the right people. If this changes, it will feel like a revolution.

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