Today marks the first day in filing for certificate of candidacy for both local and national elections in May 2019.
The 2019 elections may still seem to be far yet for an ordinary Filipino citizen. But for an aspirant, this day connotes the beginning of their not-so-easy, not-so-quiet, and not-so-safe life. I couldn’t help but think why, albeit knowing all complexities, a lot of Filipinos would still want to be involved in the Philippines. From municipal/city councilors way up to senators, there are two things I have in my mind on their intent: public service and corruption. Does an aspirant willingly want to sacrifice his/her private life for genuine public service to the general public? Or does he/she want the position to just generate profit through corruption?
For as long as I can remember, the Filipino populace has been condemning the acts of graft and corruption. This is why I am writing, to reach as many aspirants as I can. I hope that with their intent to enter the political arena, comes all their purest and most genuine intentions to serve the Filipino people because we deserve a public servants whose values and ideals are aligned with the government’s goal to provide a sustainable and peaceful environment in and around the archipelago.
Personally, I would want also to emphasize that public service in the Philippines requires a heart for the people—heart to share love, peace, and harmony with one another, within our nation and even to our friends around the world. I am also praying the anti-government entities will not take advantage of this period, create chaos, and deceive people that the government is responsible for it. I am really hoping that all this aspirants are not anti-governments who want to enter the government and destabilize it. As possible public servants, they are all expected to be loyal to the flag and the Constitution. Please do not go against the rule of our land like other militant groups do.
I am assuming that they all know their purpose prior to filing their COCs. I am honestly optimistic that they all want to work together towards one goal: a land governed by rule of law, harmony, love, and peace.
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