I saw this message on my FB news feed. A friend of mine Orman Manansala shared it on his wall a tidbits written by Miss Lelit Barrios. Like Orman and Lelit, I’m also an avid fan of Mayor Duterte running for president here in the Philippines. I can honestly say that I will be voting here again. So happy I got my dual citizenship. I’m voting in 2 countries (USA & Philippines). Chris and Aaron will be voting here too. They got their dual citizenship when I got mine. So they’re also happy to vote here. Of course my two kids are voting for Duterte, because they saw what he did in the city. They like to go places here in the city with no hesitation, they like the freedom to roam around town even during night time. Right now Jared can’t vote because he just turned 16 today.
Anyway, when I saw the message, it just hit me that I shared the same sentiments with the writer Miss Lelit Barrios. I’m not really into politics. I just saw something that I like about Duterte and I am supporting him. Whoever you support of any of the presidential candidates here in the Philippines I will respect that. Please do respect also of my political view. I will not tell you guys who I support in the USA. Please respect too and don’t shove on my face and tell me who to support. Whoever you support there is your view and we will respect that. Even Bob respected who I vote for. With our kids we don’t tell them who to vote for president in the States. It’s up to them.
I am supporting Duterte because I saw what he did with the city of Davao. Sometimes we really think twice of him running the whole country, because we just really want him to be our mayor here in Davao city. He really did a good job for keeping the peace and order here in the city. Davao will not be one of the top livable place in the world if not for Duterte. It will be good too I think for Duterte if he can make the whole Philippines as peaceful and law abiding as the Davao city people are. Hopefully the drug addicts and drug pushers will be down in the whole country if he wins. That will be less worries for the parents here in the Philippines.
I Am sharing this piece by Lelit Barrios because I share her stand:
“If you’re voting for Roxas, or Poe, or Santiago, or Binay, I respect your decision. This does not come with an assumption that you’ve lost your mind.
“I don’t call you names because I take it, you have your own reasons. After all, choosing a president is your choice alone to make, not anyone else’s.
“When you campaign for your candidate, I feel for you because I do the same for mine. I put on red & blue shirts that really don’t compliment my skin tone or wear ballers that make my wrist itch.
“You do what you can for the president you believe in just as I do for Duterte. I would brave a crowd just to raise my right fist with him and sing a song that I found really cheesy 3 weeks ago.
“I only have one request, if you could give me that. Please treat me with respect as I do you. Don’t presume that I’m lazy, or an idiot, or a retard, or a fanatic simply because you don’t agree with me.
“Like you, I am a Filipino too. I have the Philippines in mind too when I picked my choice.
“If you are so irritated with us posting the good things about Duterte, write your own Roxas story too if you have one, post photos of Binay’s full- packed rallies too if you could find one, share Poe’s successful projects too if she has any.
“Dismissing what I have to say about my president as a lie, a fragment of my imagination, a mere exaggeration, or downright attacking me with hostile arguments only makes me think that you have nothing good to say about yours.”
I hope you already had a pretty good choice of who to vote for. Don’t be persuade by money. In short don’t let the candidate buy your vote. Stand up and vote on what you believed in. Please go out and cast your vote on election day.