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by Corinna Bianca Estarija
by Bevi Tamargo
ith the current condition of our economy, migrationhas become the theme of the day. A lot of peoplehave chosen to
jump ship’ and seek work abroad.
have become known as our
modern day heroes’. In Koreaalone, there are so many Filipinos forming communities indifferent cities.Labor is way too cheap in our country, and so most of ushave to seek greener pastures abroad. The problem is thatlabor is cheap and the prices are skyrocketing. Last I wentthere, I was surprised that the prices were almost the sameas here in Korea, and this was terrible considering that thesalary rate was much lower there. I guess you can praisethe ingenuity of
on how they can survive such condi-tions.Different people have different experiences
some peoplehave a pleasant time in other countries and are able to adjustwell. But other people just can’t wait to go back home. Andamong the second type are the ones who have families leftbehind.I have a friend who is an irregular worker, and she is a mother working alone here. She used to be with her husband andbrother but both got caught by the Immigration and were sentback home. I cannot imagine the sacrifices of a mom living awayfrom her family. But she seems to be doing pretty well. Sheclung to religion as her center of serenity, as most people do.For most
in Korea, the Church has become a bastion of strength. And it is good. It helps people bear their sufferings asthey consider causes that are bigger than themselves.My friend was no exception. She had made religion her center
it was like a balm that she used to heal all of her pain.I’d like to think that in the future, migration would no longer be away of life. Where mothers wouldn’t have to be away from their children, that they could focus on nurturing and loving their fami-lies.Or perhaps, in the positive sense
we could take somethinggood from our experiences abroad. Maybe we can learn some-thing more about loving ourselves, as a people and as individu-als. I hope one day, we can bring it back home. Back to our mothers. Back to our family. And back to our country.
In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve.
ry looking for this
uote’s original source, and chances are you’re probablygoing to find a number of names in the likes of Alexis de Tocqueville,Shakespeare, Hunter Thompson, and a number more of personalities. In anyperspective and in any political background, everybody agrees that it is equallycontroversial as others agree that it makes sense. It is also viewed in the positivelight, that others may think less of the short-term benefits of voting for an unde-serving individual and actually consider long-term considerations in one shortinstance of an election. What’s Php
00 that you can use up in a day
aka bribesshamelessly distributed around the polling areas), compared to millions lost inendeavours undoubtedly wasted and uncreatively spent without second thoughts
aka sheds with the politicians’ names and pictures
There are others who getto choose about the possible effects on what their present governments wouldhave ten years after, years when their little children would look back in historyand get to say,
My parents chose well.
Cue swelling of pride. And then, there’s the negative part of it. What about those who tried voting for asensible candidate
Surely they didn’t deserve to succumb to the fouled leader-ship (if it ends up to be one) that ended up sitting in authority and equally control-ling the books for you and me? Surely the historically notorious names that wereplaced in power were not something the people could have foreseen? After all,many of them had shining educational backgrounds, sensible-sounding families,and similarly well turned-out advisers surrounding them. When children look backin history, they can only ask,
How could our parents actually choose him
pwede lang bumukas
can pretty much sum up the feeling. And then, there will always be the unfortunate neutrals: non-voters who revoketheir right to complain on how things turn out, because they simply didn’t usetheir chance to contribute on how they think things ought to be. Do they deservethe government they end up with? Absolutely, in my opinion. And yet, most of thetime, they complain the loudest. By the time this comes out, the candidates wouldhave already been announced and sworn in, thanks to the first electronic pollsused back home. Get ready for the noise and the trash that has to be enduredand collected.For those who’re not going to win, I hope they lessen the shouts of
cheating’ out of spite than out of being real. For those who’re going to beplaced in position, everyone has one plea: please work for
, and not justfor your plethora of newfound friends and sudden-found family. For those whosecandidates won, remember to not be the first to cast the stone when s/he showsa flaw; as the campaign has been progressing, they look a lot more human sogive them the chance to be so. Besides, you wrote their names, remember?For those whose candidates didn’t get in, don’t grumble, flail curses or vow tokeep your taxes out of their reach. After all, she’s still our country, and she boreus out of her bosom. At least do it for her.For those who didn’t vote
no words.But then I ask you the next question: Vox populi vox Dei? Is the voice of thepeople (really) the voice of God? For all the candidates who used these words,thinking it convinces everyone to hail for their arrival in office, let me pull out oneopinion to Charlemagne: (Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei,
uum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
And those people shouldnot be listening to those who keep saying
the voice of the people is the voiceof God’, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.