Yesterday marked the first year of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s presidency.
In last year’s SONA, President Noynoy pointed out the problems his administration has inherited from the Arroyo government and how he plans to put solutions to these problems. He also claimed Filipinos can dream again. One year has passed since we tasked Noynoy to run our government and country. Most of us are somewhat optimistic that the next one would be a better leader and will make this country great once again.
When President Noynoy took office, many of us who did not vote for him still supported his plans, and held on to his promise that he will bring us to the Straight Path (“Daang Matuwid“).
It’s obvious that the theme of his anniversary speech today is the same as the first SONA. His focus is on blaming the past Arroyo administration for the problems the Philippines still facing today. He still doesn’t have a concrete solution how to ease the burden of his people he calls his boss.
This is the sad reality of how Filipinos vote. We tend not to use our right to vote intelligently or seriously. Until now, many of us still have the tendency of voting the most popular candidate because he or she is a celebrity, an athlete, an old politician, or from a known political family.
We Filipinos had the chance to vote for the best people for the right job, but we blew it again. It’s sad to know that we Filipinos are not yet that mature in terms of giving his/her vote to the people who will to lead our country to progress. We Filipinos chose our leaders, chose the path of suffering for another 3 to 6 years. Tsk!
All of us must learn to know our candidates, their past, who they really are when the cameras are not around or what have they done for the good of our people (not just building this road and that road, or changing street names.) We should not just vote for that person to help us with our vengeance for some injustice. We should learn to vote for the right person who has the best plan to run the government and best interests for our country.