Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Disappointments Rise Up In The Midst of The Counting

(image courtesy of Rappler.com, Rappler Twitter page)

I voted yesterday afternoon. T'was my first time and I have to say that I wasn't really excited for it. During the registration period, my Mom pushed me to register, says it was my right. Well, damn me for my right. I never saw that "me" voting would change anything anyway.

Still, yesterday, at around 4:12 in the afternoon, we went to the precincts  voted (014B) and left with that indelible ink in my right index finger, lally-gagging around the side of the chip of my nail. In all fairness, it took me quite a while to vote, especially in terms of who I'd want  in the senate. The last one I chose was pretty much the underdog. Voting for councilors was another endeavor I had to go through since I had no idea who half of the names were, so I decided to just vote for four and eenie-mini my way to the fifth. I left three spaces out.

After the painless voting, I decide to go home, turn my laptop on and wait for announcements on my Twitter account. The dreaded 7 PM came along and heaps of tweets on how the initial counting was going and after 30 minutes or so, my account was loaded with tweets of disappointment and desperate prayers.

The favorites were there like Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. Bam Aquino was also there so was Eduardo Angara which I have to say were my top picks. (BEING HONEST). But then, there were also those whom the public never favored.

(I'm saying this in terms of how the general public is concerned and not because I have a certain hatred for these candidates.)

Nancy Binay, daughter of the current Vice-President of the country,  is currently placed in the Top 5, along with the crowd favorites, while Cynthia Villar, wife of former senator Manny Villar, is in the Top 10. Not a lot of people were thrilled about the outcome. Take for example the nurses (and student nurses) whom Villar discriminated during her senatorial candidate debate in a Nat'l TV Coverage. Who'd be happy after hearing that? Sure, she's helped a lot of people, but to degrade those in a vocation is quite hitting it below the belt, don't you think?

Nancy Binay on the other hand, well, I dunno why I never liked her. Her political ads were catchy, but I have to say not enough. And to be sponsored by her own father, well, I guess that's another issue. But she wasn't my favorite. I don't know what she's done that could've benefited the country in the long run. Yeah, sure, she could bring something new to the table, but clearly the term "CHANGE" is quite different than having a "NEW" face in the senate.

Then, there are those who are completely worthy, and are left behind from the Top 12, such as Dick Gordon and Risa Hontiveros, who have clearly made names for themselves and has done the country a lot of good through there volunteer work and activist advocacy, respectively. It's a shame.

So, yeah. A lot of people are pissed off at the current standing the the partial counting of votes. And yes, sad to say, I am one of them too.

My Dad did say, there's still some time and it could change still. A positive attitude is definitely a cup of tea at the moment but seeing how it's panning out, I highly doubt that change is in the horizon.

(If so ever that it does change, I will definitely make a new post for it...)

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