One Week to Go

A week from now, next Monday (May 14), Filipinos will cast their votes for senators, congressmen and other elective local officials. Again, let me remind you that this mid-term election is very crucial for our country. This will spell out what will happen to the remaining three years of the present administration.

Here are some helpful guide questions to help you make your choices (From http://www.bagongbotante.com/):

1) Decide what issues matter to you and what qualities you want to see in your candidate. By voting based on a clear idea of what we want government to address, and on what sort leaders we want, our elections become truly meaningful exercises of our sovereign will rather than just shallow popularity contests.

2) Learn everything you can about the candidates. It is very easy to be swayed by appearances. To make sure that you are not misled, be more discerning. Take the effort to know as much as you can about the candidates.

3) Do you agree with what the candidates stand for?
Evaluate the candidates’ stands on various issues. Do you agree with them? Try to listen to opposing views; sometimes, when we listen to contrary opinions, we are better able to determine our own position. Go over all the information you have collected on the candidates. Remember that surveys are useful tools for deciding who to vote for, but they are not fool-proof. Do not accept or believe in surveys blindly.

And let me add, pray… pray… and pray more. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV)

Brethren, let us prayerfully and thoughtfully cast our votes.

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