Posted by: jinoe | March 7, 2007

I dont feel like voting this May

Elections are coming.  TV ads.  Posters.  Flyers.  They are everywhere.

An open letter by Harvey S. Keh has been circulating in the internet (read a copy below).  Entitled “What will make me leave the Philippines”, he challenges the Filipinos to vote wisely this coming elections to avoid putting the wrong politicians in public office.  Dont vote for politicians who are just good looking or who just have a better TV advertisement.  If he sees these unworthy candidates win, he’d rather leave the country.  So vote wisely.

But I dont feel like voting this May.  Yes, one vote is important.  It takes one vote to decide a winner.  But what is my one vote compared to a hundred of cheated votes.  Dagdag-Bawas.  Flying Voters.  Vote Buying.  What will my one vote be compared to them?

Im quite cynical after the massive cheating reported in the last elections.  I wonder if my vote was even counted correctly.  I wonder if it was actually counted to my candidate.  I dont know.  Now, I dont even care.

I am thinking that this coming May elections, I would just step aside, let others vote and let the cheaters manipulate the winners.  I’d just puke if those who I consider as unworthy candidates will win.  This makes me a very bad citizen, right?  Bad.  Bad.  Bad.

And here’s the letter from the good citizen.  Please read.

Dear Fellow Filipino,

Good day to all of you! Before I begin my letter… just a disclaimer, for people who know me they know that I love the Philippines very much and I am not really one who rants and complaints to high heavens about what is happening to our country and does nothing about it, in fact, I feel that at my relatively young age of 27, I have done much service to the Philippines by setting up Pathways to Higher Education which has sent more than 500 poor but deserving students to college and AHON Foundation which has already built two public elementary school libraries that have benefitted more than 3,500 students. Yet, after seeing how events in our nation have transpired the past few weeks and talking with some friends, I feel the urge to share with you my own thoughts and feelings. Over the weekend, we saw the completion of two major political alliances for this coming Senate Elections that has just began here in the Philippines . Now we have two political forces with familiar faces nonetheless on opposite sides of the fences. On one end, you have Tito Sotto and Tessie Aquino-Oreta who were two major stalwarts of the opposition and the FPJ Campaign in 2004 hobnobbing with the woman (Pres. GMA) whom they claimed to have cheated FPJ in the last Presidential Elections.On the other side of the fence, you see Manny Villar, the former house speaker who was actually responsible for impeaching Erap now part of the United Opposition who is led by no less than… Erap himself. Now if you don’t see anything wrong with this picture then you must be one of the many Filipinos who have accepted this very sad reality that there is indeed no permanent ideals that our government leaders stand up for but rather they just go where there self-interests can best be served. It is this kind of politics. It is with these in mind that I’d like to share with you what are events this coming May elections that will make me consider leaving the Philippines :

1.) If former COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano of Hello Garci fame wins in his bid to become Congressman of Bukidnon…seeking to replace a good man no less in incumbent Cong. Neric Acosta… We would really be the laughing stock of the whole world if we allow a man with the reputation of Garci to be one of our so called “Honorable Gentlemen”.

2.) If Dancing Queen Tessie Aquino Oreta reclaims her seat at the Senate… I hope that all of us would still remember that dance that she did during the 2001 impeachment hearings after they voted to overrule the decision of then Chief Justice Davide… let us make sure that people like her never make it to the Senate again.

3.) If Richard Gomez becomes a senator… what does he know about making laws? We already have the likes of Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid in the Senate and their performance or lack of it would be reason enough not to elect another actor who has no prior experience in government to the distinguished halls of the Senate.

4.) If Gringo Honasan wins again…. have we not learned our lesson? I cannot believe that just because someone is charismatic then we will just elect him to become one of our senators despite the fact that he has time and again caused so much instability in our country… if we want a military junta similar to that of Thailand . then lets all vote for this guy….

5.) If Manny Pacquiao becomes Congressman of General Santos City… everybody loves Manny the Boxing Champ but Manny the Lawmaker? Lets be realistic here, Manny is our Hero alright but I think it takes more than just great boxing skills and a desire to serve to be able to make appropriate laws that would help uplift the lives of the many Filipinos who live in Poverty.

6.) If Lito Lapid wins for Mayor of Makati City… I don’t like Jojo Binay as well but Lito Lapid as city mayor of the country’s finance and business center?!?! And do you really think he is from Makati and has good plans for the city? The Arroyos asking someone like him to run just goes to show you how much love and concern this government has for our country.

7.) If Chavit Singson becomes a Senator, Illegal Gambling = Chavit… enough said.

Now if all of these 7 things happen during this coming elections then don’t be surprised if I decide to leave this country that I love dearly. Like I said during the first part of my letter, I feel that I have done much for this country but I think its time that Filipinos become more vigilant and critical in selecting our leaders for the sake of our future and the generations that will go beyond us. So I appeal to every Filipino who asks what can I actually do for my country… Choose and vote for the right people this coming elections, huwag na tayong magpaloko sa mga kandidatong maganda lang ang jingle o gwapo lang sa mga poster. Let us choose leaders who have a good track record for service and who are genuinely committed towards serving our country.

Manindigan naman tayong lahat para sa ating Kinabukasan at para sa Kapakanan ng ating Bayan!

Thank you very much for your time in reading this letter.


Harvey S. Keh





  1. Election day in the country is every citizen’s worst nightmare.

  2. Jin, I think I have been away for too long. Wala ko kabalo nga kadamu-damo na gali artista sa gobyerno. I haven’t heard of Harvey Keh pero I hope people listen to him.

  3. cguro qng maging communist country nlng tau mas maganda pa…

  4. i was asked by an acquaintance ( a caucasian) why we (filipinos) let this happen, also, why in the long course of our history we continue to put the wrong people to manage us, i found the question very hard to answer, i simply told him it happened because of many reasons, such as lawlessness that corruption and cheating goes stronger, people’s apathy thinking that no matter what same thing will happen, people leaving thinking that it is better to get away than stay and be corrupted farther.

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