There are four days left before the most important presidential election in the post-revolutionary Edsa history of our country. The country faces a fork in the road on election day.
The fork in the road not only represents our choice as President between the two leading contenders who are radically different in many ways. An even more important aspect of this bifurcated road is that it will offer us the choice between remaining the same kind of people that we are now or redefining ourselves into the class of people that every nation dreams of its citizens. Our next president will only have a lifespan of six years. But the kind of people we choose to become on Election Day will have far-reaching implications for generations to come. This rare chance to redefine ourselves is the result of the very extraordinary events that have taken place during this election campaign. I’m not talking about all the “bardagulan” (quarrels), which led to endless bashing, although the two types of people I’m talking about follow the divide between supporters of Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Marcos Jr. supporters want to elect their pick for President, and once inducted, they will sit and watch Marcos Jr. work on his perceived bag of magic to improve the lives of the entire country. This perspective is evident from the posture of Marcos Jr. supporters in the campaign. They do the minimum: attend rallies, hang his posters on their fences and promote his candidacy on social media. However, they have shown no willingness to spend their own money and time to actively campaign on the ground for Marcos Jr. For a very long time, this has been the trait of every Filipino voter. We put all the responsibilities on the lap of the president and expect him to perform miracles.
On the other hand, Robredo’s supporters have broken out of the old mold of the passive Filipino voter. They scattered all over the country, spending their own money and devoting considerable time to house-to-house campaigning for Robredo. The kind of campaign they lead has become a source of volunteerism, bayanihan spirit, generosity and good humor.
If Robredo becomes president, her supporters know they will have to maintain the volunteer source because Robredo needs all the help she can get. They know that Robredo can’t disappoint those who didn’t vote for her and those who voted for her reluctantly because the band of politicians she defeats will make a stronger comeback the next time around. Everyone knows that a patient cured of stage 4 cancer is in grave danger that the cancer cells will come back with a more aggressive strain.
A Robredo presidency will rekindle empathy for the less fortunate, encourage altruism and heighten feelings of nationalism. This will rekindle character traits in the Filipino people that strengthen community bonds. Robredo’s supporters have surely realized by now that widespread apathy and selfishness have led our country to the precipice.
Due to the latest Pulse Asia survey results showing Marcos Jr. still leading by a huge margin, as well as his endorsement by a religious group that supposedly practices bloc voting, many Robredo supporters believe that our country is about to leap into the abyss.
What many people underestimate is the quiet but convincing strength of the Catholic Church when it flexes its muscles and takes sides in an electoral contest, as it has essentially done in the upcoming elections. The Catholic Church does not compel its followers to follow the bloc vote, but when it speaks words of moral suasion, it will cause an extremely large number of its members (who represent 80% of the population) to vote for the candidate who embodies his ideals. . He did it in the Ferdinand Marcos Sr. election contest against Cory Aquino, and he’s about to do it again in the upcoming election.
Before voters head to the polls on Monday, the last words they will hear will be the Sunday sermon of outraged and outraged priests.
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