Monday, May 21, 2007

Election Blessings

We have seen news of vote-buying, school burning, murders, shaving and padding, and all other election-related controversies over the past week after the recently-concluded May 14, 2007 elections. Indeed, a lot of people were hurt, a lot of people committed various crimes. However, looking at the bright side of the elections, we also saw that there have been positive outcomes of the elections, amidst all the controversies.

Here are a few things we can be thankful for in the recent elections:

1. Manny Pacquiao took a beating from Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the Congressional race in South Cotabato. It was a win-win scenario for these two politicians and the public. For one, the Philippines did not lose a hero in Manny Pacquiao. Now he can concentrate on his boxing career and continue to inspire young boxers, help his kababayans financially and morally, and become the world champion. At the same time, the public will still be awed by the charms of the youthful-looking Congresswoman Darlene Custodio. It's good to see a few fresh faces in Congress.

2. Garci bids "goodbye" in his Congressional dreams. Thank God the people of Bukidnon did not vote for this guy. If he did win, our politics will again become the laughing stock of the entire world.

3. Our Actor senatoriables are miles away from the "Magic 12." I have absolutely nothing against actors running for public office. It's just that actors have an important place in this country already and they no longer need to enter into public office in order to prove anything. Just like Manny Pacquiao, they can already help make the country a better place not by running for Senators, but by engaging in socially relevant activities. Be a Tony Meloto. Enough said.

4. Pampanga chose one of the Lord's flock to be their next Governor. Thank God Fr. Ed Panlilio emerged as a competitive candidate in the Pampanga gubernatorial race or else, Cabalens are left with either an allegedly corrupt incumbent, or an alleged gambling lord's wife. Also, thank God for the people who volunteered to guard Fr. Ed's votes, and the lawyers who helped him for free. There are still good samaritans out there, and Fr. Ed's candidacy just exposed a lot of them. Let's just hope he could carry his newly-found cross until the end.

I hope the end results of the National Elections will turn out relatively positive...

1 comment :

merjoem32 said...

Manny's lost should convince him to focus on
boxing and his training. The voters are now mature and will not vote for someone because he or she if famous.