By Manuel Rodriguez II
It’s Time to Stand as One Nation
The Ballots and the PCOS have spoken, we already know who are our new representatives in the Congress and the “Magic 12” Senators (most of them are old faces in politics), and most of all we are now looking forward to what is in store for our nation for the next six years under the leadership of the “NoyBi” administration.
Many of our fellowmen are upset because their bet candidate did not make it. However, all of us Filipinos must face the fact that we have no choice but to accept the new administration because they were the ones voted by the majority. We should respect the democratic institution that we have, we must all be reminded that the democracy that we currently have is a gift.
It is a gift from our heroic forefathers, to the men and women of the past that gallantly responded to crisis, to those who have stood to what they have believed in, to the Filipinos of the past who fought for what they felt was right even in the face of grave danger.
It is also a gift from the revered morally upright statesmen who stood against tyranny under the dark ages of martial rule. To the men, women and children who fought in behalf of the generations to come at EDSA even with fears and reservations in their hearts.
Ultimately, it is a gift from the Omnipotent Being. He who gave us the piece of earth where we could nurture our children and our children’s children. The piece of earth that we must nurture and love. The piece of earth that we must defend from conquerors, insurgents and from the evil in us. The piece of earth where we could practice our faith. The piece of earth we call our Motherland. The piece of earth we named Philippines.
With the new administration, I hope our people will start believing in the rule of law, in the inviolability of their human rights, in the forecast of a better living not just for themselves but for the generation that is to come and in the great chance of lasting peace based on equity and justice.
Majority of the newly elected leaders were not in my ballot, but I acknowledge the fact that I must submit myself to them because I believe that an administration needed a support from a citizen that is open for change when change is being called for.
Our immediate task should start with ourselves. I call my fellow Filipinos to directly participate in and contribute to the betterment of the society. All citizens have a responsibility regardless of economic status, gender, religion, age or even political belief.
We must inculcate to the minds of our fellow Filipinos especially the next generation that this time their Government will do right by them and will serve them with competence, dedication and integrity.
Our democratic society is a market place of ideas. The growth in knowledge happens when two ideas collide and produce a new key idea. We should and must respect the diverse political beliefs we have. Conflicting ideas may be a catalyst of a headache-starter debate, but it is a factor that makes our nation moves forward, it is the essence of democracy where every person is entitled to believe what he wants and vote who he wants.
While some of us did not vote for Senator Aquino and Mayor Binay (that includes me), we must not fret for our vote as an individual was never in vain.
We debated with our friends and supported our respective candidates; on that act alone we contributed something to the advancement of this nation. We contributed to the so-called marketplace of ideas, a proof that we care for the elections and its effect to our future as a Nation.
Now is a fresh start for our Nation. This is not a time to criticize the capacity of our newly elected leaders instead it is a time to hope for a better tomorrow under their watch. This does not mean that we must no longer be watchful on their way of handling our State in fact more than ever this is the time that we should.
The Nation can no longer afford anymore betrayal of public trust, corruption, dishonesty and immorality. These things we should shun and never let happen again.
We must offer and venture a sense of purpose and direction, not only to the “NoyBi” administration, but ultimately to the majority of our fellowmen who have less in this earthly life. Their overwhelming number tells us that poverty is a disease that must be cured. It is a disease of our own doing and the cure is also in our hands.
May the new administration headed by Benigno Aquino III and Jejomar Binay remedy the injustices and right the wrongs the past governments have committed.
God bless the Filipino people. May this new morning mark the start of Philippine renaissance.
Often recalcitrant, but always principled.