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Date Posted: 04:31:25 02/22/07 Thu
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Dear Fellow Filipino,
Good day to all of you! Before I begin my letter... just a disclaimer, for
people who know me they know that I love the Philippines very much and I am
not really one who rants and complaints to high heavens about what is
happening to our country and does nothing about it, in fact, I feel that at my
relatively young age of 27, I have done much service to the Philippines by
setting up Pathways to Higher Education which has sent more than 500 poor but
deserving students to college and AHON Foundation which has already built two
public elementary school libraries that have benefitted more than 3,500
students. Yet, after seeing how events in our nation have transpired the past
few weeks and talking with some friends, I feel the urge to share with you my
own thoughts and feelings.
Over the weekend, we saw the completion of two major political alliances for
this coming Senate Elections that has just began here in the Philippines. Now
we have two political forces with familiar faces nonetheless on opposite sides
of the fences. On one end, you have Tito Sotto and Tessie Aquino-Oreta who
were two major stalwarts of the opposition and the FPJ Campaign in 2004
hobnobbing with the woman (Pres. GMA) whom they claimed to have cheated FPJ in the last Presidential Elections.On the other side of the fence, you see Manny Villar, the former house speaker who was actually responsible for impeaching
Erap now part of the United Opposition who is led by no less than... Erap
himself. Now if you don't see anything wrong with this picture then you must
be one of the many Filipinos who have accepted this very sad reality that
there is indeed no permanent ideals that our government leaders stand up for
but rather they just go where there self-interests can best be served. It is
this kind of politics why I no longer wonder why good people like Ramon
Magsaysay Awardee Mayor Jesse Robredo of Naga City or outstanding Bulacan
Governor Josie Dela Cruz will find it hard or worse, never be elected to
It is with these in mind that I'd like to share with you what are events this
coming May elections that will make me consider leaving the Philippines:
1.) If former COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano of Hello Garci fame
wins in his bid to become Congressman of Bukidnon...seeking to replace a good
man no less in incumbent Cong. Neric Acosta... We would really be the laughing
stock of the whole world if we allow a man with the reputation of Garci to be
one of our so called "Honorable Gentlemen".
2.) If Dancing Queen Tessie Aquino Oreta reclaims her seat at the Senate... I
hope that all of us would still remember that dance that she did during the
2001 impeachment hearings after they voted to overrule the decision of then
Chief Justice Davide... let us make sure that people like her never make it to
the Senate again.
3.) If Richard Gomez becomes a senator... what does he know about making laws?
We already have the likes of Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid in the Senate and
their performance or lack of it would be reason enough not to elect another
actor who has no prior experience in government to the distinguished halls of
4.) If Gringo Honasan wins again.... have we not learned our lesson? I cannot
believe that just because someone is charismatic then we will just elect him
to become one of our senators despite the fact that he has time and again
caused so much instability in our country... if we want a military junta
similar to that of Thailand... then lets all vote for this guy....
5.) If Manny Pacquiao becomes Congressman of General Santos City... everybody
loves Manny the Boxing Champ but Manny the Lawmaker? Lets be realistic here,
Manny is our Hero alright but I think it takes more than just great boxing
skills and a desire to serve to be able to make appropriate laws that would
help uplift the lives of the many Filipinos who live in Poverty.
6.) If Lito Lapid wins for Mayor of Makati City... I don't like Jojo Binay as
well but Lito Lapid as city mayor of the country's finance and business
center?!?! And do you really think he is from Makati and has good plans for
the city? The Arroyos asking someone like him to run just goes to show you how
much love and concern this government has for our country.
7.) If Chavit Singson becomes a Senator, Illegal Gambling = Chavit... enough
Now if all of these 7 things happen during this coming elections then don't be
surprised if I decide to leave this country that I love dearly. Like I said
during the first part of my letter, I feel that I have done much for this
country but I think its time that Filipinos become more vigilant and critical
in selecting our leaders for the sake of our future and the generations that
will go beyond us. So I appeal to every Filipino who asks what can I actually
do for my country... Choose and vote for the right people this coming
elections, huwag na tayong magpaloko sa mga kandidatong maganda lang ang
jingle o gwapo lang sa mga poster. Let us choose leaders who have a good track
record for service and who are genuinely committed towards serving our country.
Manindigan naman tayong lahat para sa ating Kinabukasan at para sa Kapakanan
ng ating Bayan!
Thank you very much for your time in reading this letter.
Harvey S. Keh
Email: harveykeh@gmail. com
Ehemplo is a call of people dedicated to live a life of honor, integrity and good examples. Ehemplo is based on espousing Ehem -- the urgent call for cultural reform against corruption.
Ehem aims at bringing people to a renewed sensitivity to the evil of corruption and its prevalence in ordinary life. It seeks ultimately to make them more intensely aware of their own vulnerability to corruption, their own uncritiqued, often unwitting practice of corruption in daily life.
Ehem hopes to bring people, in the end, to a commitment to live the way of Ehemplo --- critical of corruption, intent on integrity!
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