The Freeman

Go out and vote!


Today, millions of Filipinos will head to the voting precincts to make their mark on one of the most crucial elections in our history.

If you are over 18 and have been registered to vote, make sure you are one of them.

We don’t vote just because the Constituti­on says we have to. We have to vote to give whoever we think should sit as president, vice president, senator, governor, mayor, or councilor the fair chance to do so.

It’s simple really; those who don’t go out and vote have no right to complain about how the government is being run, or why their governor, mayor, or councilor is so corrupt.

To a big extent we can say it was their inaction that led to the installati­on of people who are not qualified to run the government, it was their refusal to exercise their constituti­onally-given right to vote that caused someone to rise to a seat of power that they don’t deserve.

On the other hand, you may see someone who would have made a great president, vice president, senator, governor, mayor, or councilor, but did not get enough votes. Guess who is to blame for that as well?

Well, the good news is that for the past two decades in the Philippine­s, it seems an average of 76% of the voting population have been showing up for the polls. This slightly increases whenever national elections are held and contenders for top posts are voted on.

But still, why leave things to chance? That missing 20% of qualified voters who regularly do not show up to vote may make such a difference as putting someone who deserves to govern in place.

So, if you are part of this group --meaning you are qualified to vote, but can’t be bothered to do so-- think about how your vote can make a difference. Who knows? It might be your ballot that will make someone win. It might be your straw that will break the camel’s back.

Go out and cast your vote!

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