Elections in the Philippines are less than a week away. But, elections here are probably different from where you live, at least if you live in any first world country. Why? Elections here often bring violence. Serious violence. Death. Killings. Kidnappings. Bad stuff!
It’s true. Many of you probably know that I I travel a lot. I have been warned, though, by many friends not to travel much during the runup to the elections. I know it’s true too, because a lot of people get killed during the election period, and I don’t care to be one of those.
The truth is, as foreigners, we don’t have any business getting involved in the election anyway. Our opinions have no value in this matter. We are only guests here in the Philippines, and it is not our business to inject our opinions about politics into the discussion. I am very strict about this. I don’t talk politics here. If I am sitting around having coffee or a drink with Filipino friends and the conversation turns to politics, I generally excuse myself, get up and leave for a while. I don’t know enough about politics to say anything of value, and even if I did, my opinion may not be welcomed. That’s why I feel it’s best to not even have an opinion.
During election season (now), there are always lots of activities going on related to politics. Really, during this time, almost anything in life can be related to politics, so you have to be careful about what you say and what you do. If people even perceive that you are supporting a candidate, and if they feel he is the wrong candidate, you could be killed.
So, my advice for all of us foreigners is to avoid politics, don’t even discuss it with friends if possible. It’s better to remain friends, and to stay alive too!