(Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi)
I wrote here my hesitation to register for absentee voting, to quote:
Don’t get me wrong. I love Philippines. Not that I’m being lazy either. But there’s this initial not so optimist feel of what for? The governance that I’ve witnessed after each election is vicious. I remember one discussion with the locals here. They’re giving praises as to how educated the Filipinos they meet are, and they wonder why the househelpers and cashiers (in the malls) they meet are seemingly educated. “Most of them are college graduates. But maybe they find it necessary to leave Philippines for a while for a number of reasons. Not always the major reason, but for the better pay.” I said. “But what is your government doing? Philippines has a very good education system, you produce world class professionals, what’s wrong with your government?,” they asked. OMG, Prez GMA help! Kidding.
(The embassy is open during the weekends, Friday and Saturday, to accommodate more registration. Only those full of excuses won’t be able to register. Haha. I used to be like that.)
Believe it or not, (though my family are/used to be Marcos loyalists) Prez Cory touched me in a way that I (finally) registered for the absentee voting few days ago. Kudos to the people in Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. They are efficient. I filled out the required form, gave a photocopy of my passport (you may provide a copy of labor card or its equivalent), signed in the signature pad, photo taken (they’re using an old Canon Powershot A300) , fingerprints scanned, briefed about the coming elections and availability of the voters ID, etc.
While waiting for my turn, I regaled myself by counting the number of desktops they have (i.e. there are seven PCs visible from the counter), looked at two Panasonic photocopiers, a no-name 14-inch television with TFC subscribtion, Prez Arroyo’s photo on the wall near the cashier, Vice-Prez De Castro’s photo near the photocopier, walls painted cream of white, at least a dozen blue monoblocks, (unintentionally) eavesdropped at other registrants’ conversations – hot topic: the lavish dinnner in the US (at this point some registrants sarcastically looked at Prez Arroyo’s photo near the cashier; hey, why is it near there? malicious question, heehee, coincidence of course), etc.
Registration is until August 30, 2009. More information here.
The only time I voted was during the 1998 presidential elections. I was too excited then, I even brought a list with me to the precint (first time kase). Who to vote for this time?
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congrats for moving out of inertia and sense of apathy for Philippine elections. happy for you. 🙂
i had bouts with frustrations with the government, too, and at one point, almost gave in to my friends ‘persuasion’ that voting is a futile exercises in the Philippines.
but i love this country too much for my vote not to be counted. 🙂
not too long ago, i was also mulling at the idea of NOT casting my vote on the 2010 elections. at least i could tell myself later that i DID NOT vote for that government official. most of our leaders are totally shameless. they have the gall to face the people during campaign season then we don’t see even the hint of their shadow after they’ve won a seat. so far, i’ve only seen their expensive cars around my office building (i recognized the plates). i haven’t tried going to an office of an elected official (thank God!) yet, but i heard that it’s quite difficult to see them. i literally become nauseous when i see politicians on TV frothing pro-poor advocacy. it’s just sickening!
i have never skipped an election but now, not voting looks like an option. i hope i’d witness something between now and election day to compel me to cast my vote.
yay wits! your vote counts!
the last time i voted was during the time of estrada pa and i did not even voted for a president that time even for our mayor. after that, i no longer voted. hayyyy eh pano naman syang lang din ang boto ko. but i might this time kung ok yung mga tatakbo.
I can’t remember the last time I actually voted in a Philippine election. When I was still working in Saudi Arabia, there wasn’t any absentee voting yet. My greatest hope in next year’s election is that Filipinos would be more mature politically in installing someone into office.
woot woot! way to go! i love to vote. i like picking out names in a random list LOL
good girl for registering to exercise your right to vote! 😀
like you, i used to take voting for granted. but the more i see corruption and inefficiency in our country, the more i want to exercise my right to vote. and i don’t listen anymore to people who say, don’t vote for him or her because he or she won’t win anyway, sayang boto mo. it’s that kind of mentality that got us into this mess in the first place. i’ll vote for who i want, manalo man or matalo.
Rach (Heart of Rachel)
It’s good that you made the decision to take an active role in the upcoming elections.
I’m guilty of not having voted my whole life……….it’s ripe time, I suppose.