Today must be a tiring day for the 2013 Philippine election teachers and volunteers who watched over every Filipino citizen, as they marched every school to participate in this national event. I almost failed to vote actually, I couldn't find my name in the precinct that I'm supposed to be listed. Turns out, the guy at the Comelec office who assisted me made a mistake on giving me the incorrect precinct number. I had to make a trip from the school to the city hall just to confirm that I am in the list of voters.
- The scene: the school was packed with throngs of people trying to find their way, some who seems to be lost and some who seemed to be walking on moon (too slow) and they cause too much human traffic jam. One of the things that really annoyed me were the ones who'd stop just to greet their neighbors. I mean, you are neighbors and you see each other every freakin' day, you gossip and all. It seemed as if they're not yet happy with that, they cause other people delay by stopping right in the middle of the way just to talk like they haven't seen each other in a long while. People, please. If you need to talk, better go the sidelines so other people can go on their way without interrupting your important agenda.
- Trash everywhere...and the trash bins empty!
- And there's the vote buying. Yes, there were lots of vote buying. Secretly? No. I was overhearing them basically. The vote buying doesn't mean money all the time, it can come in the form of food and other favors or benefit. This has been the Filipino culture; short-term personal gains equates to long-term ones. I vote for your candidate and in the future I get to ask for any kind of favors (burial, health benefits, hand-outs, etc). And that is politics. The manipulating one's weakness for the other's gain. A nice business to those who know how to pull strings. For example; "Mare, vote for so-and-so, I will give you Shakeys later!" or "Friend, don't forget so-and-so, here's a few stub for your and family's food!" or "There's KFC at so-and-so's office, vote for him/her and tell them who sent you they will give you." or "Mare, vote for so-and-so, if he/she wins, you will have this sort of benefit from his office."
- Food to mouth. Does a one-time freebie even make ends meet? Of course not. It's only for a lunch meal, it doesn't answer your basic needs, basically.