An Open Letter to the Non-Voting Population of the Philippines

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Here’s a question that I would like to ask the non-voting population of the Philippines that are in fact of legal age to vote. This is one thing that I can’t seem to understand and I need you to please try and make me understand the pre-conceived logic behind it.

 Dear non-voting population of the Philippines,

 Why do you choose not to vote?

 Are you afraid to make a mistake? Are you afraid that you might choose the wrong candidate? Well, it’s not that the voting population is always right; it’s just that they are brave enough to take their chances putting their vote on the candidate that they trust the most. True, they could’ve made the wrong decision—but that’s the beauty of it. If you think you have made a wrong decision now, you can always vote for the candidate that you think should’ve won next time around. It’s no way different than living your life to the fullest: you have to take chances to see changes. If you don’t, do not expect anything to change.

 Are you too lazy to vote because of the inanely long lines during Election Day? Well, then don’t play victim yet again once the wrong candidate wins. In fact, you should not complain at all. The only ones who have the right to complain are the ones who voiced out their desire for changes by casting their vote. After all, they were the ones who placed that person into office.

 Are you afraid to be blamed by the people for voting the wrong candidate? Let me tell you this. You should not be ashamed of your decision, provided that it’s your own decision and not a decision of somebody else. Yes, you were probably wrong, but it’s better to make a mistake than do nothing at all. It’s like comparing a person that speaks for himself against the one who just quietly sits there in the corner. The active person gets what he wants; the passive person can only dream of the things that he wants. I understand that this is not always the case. The point, though, is that you’ve done something—you stood up for yourself, and you didn’t just go with the flow. That means that you have a brighter future ahead of you. You probably won’t get it now, but eventually you will—because you know what you want and you will do anything to get it. The passive one, on the other hand, would not get anything unless he realizes that he needs to actually do something.

 Do you think there are no qualified candidates in the list and every single one of them is evil? Let me ask you something. How far did you go in checking their qualifications? How deep was your dive while you’re researching about them? Did you even bother watching political debates? Did you watch some documentaries concerning them? Moreover, are you even sure you don’t see anyone of them as a possible leader? Think of it this way. Even if your list is incomplete, even if in your eyes they’re all evil, and even if most of them are not qualified according to your own definition of qualifications, you should still voice out through your vote. You might just have one shade on your ballot, but think about it. Voicing out is all that matters.

 Do you think one vote would not make a difference? Then I beg to disagree—here is, after all, one thing that everybody should understand. A stiff broom is composed of hundreds of tingting (or broomsticks). Could they function by themselves? Probably, but their function is very limited. Add more, and they can do wonders. Now tell me if one thing would not make a difference. It’s all about working together.

The people had forgotten the purpose of the government. The government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. It should not be of solely powerful people, by some powerful personages, and only for several powerful persons. The government should be reminded that they should listen to the ones who put them into office—the common people. The government should be reminded that we are the ones that make the whole thing work—through our votes and through our taxes. The government should be reminded that they should be working for the benefit of everyone, and not just for the wants of the few. That would never be possible if some of us won’t ever express ourselves—our opinions defining the kind of government that we would want to have.

I know a lot of young people that just can’t wait to reach eighteen so that they would have the right to vote and hopefully make a change. Yet, you, Non-voters of the Philippines, who have the power to change this country in your hands now, choose not to use it today when it is needed the most? I really want to understand the pre-conceived logic behind it. Can someone please try and give me an answer?

Yours Truly,

A Curious Voter


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