Barangay elections has just ended with a note of some incidents resulting to deaths reported to have connections with it.
The smallest unit of the society is the barangay. This is where real elections (I would say) should take place. I said real elections because this is a non-partisan elections, “supposedly”. But we have heard of reports that some candidates were supported by the higher office (the mayor? i don’t know). i don’t know if its true in some parts of the country but I think it is.
The first time I took part in the elections was when I was in second year college. it wasn’t a barangay elections. it was a local elections. But whether its local, national, barangay, there are party or candidate leaders who have its supposed list of people supporting his candidate. These people will get a little favor which means something. i don’t know how much. But The first time i voted I already had on my mind the people i was going to write on my ballot. I was attending school at that time so I had to go home. I was surprised to have received from an elder a piece of paper ( a sample ballot) rolled with a five-peso bill inside. I asked what was it and the old folk said it was mind. I took the money and said never mind the paper.
After that incident I heard a lot of issues regarding vote-buying but i said I didn’t sell mine but I took the money.
As I mature I realized the importance of exercising our right to vote which is really sacred. And never did I think of making money out of such sacred right!
Shooing away corrupt officials means voting for those who are capable of giving sincere services to their fellowmen NOT with those who are capable of paying the higher price.
As adults we have all the power to change our barangay, city, town or country. Not by teaching or telling the young what to do and what not to do in this regard but to start changing ourselves and hope that the change in us will serve as an inspiration to others specially the young to change themselves!
There is no price for the sacred right to vote!