OUR HOLIDAY WISH: A DIRTY THUMB AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT

9 10 2009

Rising above the challenges of the recent tragedies and looking towards beating the October 31 voters’ registration deadline, youth group, First Time Voters Network, will gather today in De LaSalle University, Taft, Manila at 12:30 nn to join Good Citizenship Movement to pledge commitment for moral transformation and to seek one-month extension of voters’ registration.

“The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), together with other socio-civic and religious organizations is serious with an exhaustive campaign to encourage far-flung people from all walks of life to translate their morals and ideals into votes which can symbolize popular democracy and government reform. Though obviously true this is, however, people prioritize “more serious” concerns which were strengthened by the impetus of the current mishaps and agonies unexpectedly faced by them,” states Paula Bianca Lapuz, FTV National Coordinator.

The network said that there is an estimate of 9 million first time voters but it is reported that only 1.6 million of the said number registered in the different cities and municipalities of the country as of July 31, 2009 (COMELEC Data). The deadline for voters’ registration is on 31st of October, 2009. And while the First Time Voters’ Project (FTV) and other institutions extend their efforts to reach out to the farthest of the far, the narrow margin from now to the deadline is not enough to get in touch with those who are still unregistered.

“The wish list for the holidays is actually the most practical of all. This can be the most precious gift the government, through COMELEC, can give,” says Student Council Alliance of the Philippines spokesperson and Ateneo SAnggunian Chair, Gio Tingson.

FTV Network is composed of different youth and student leaders from different parts of the country and is represented by various national youth organizations. The sentiment of the group resonates in their hope to encourage more young people to be more committed to participate in the coming electoral process as this will determine the fate of the nation for another six years.

In the face of calamities in form of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, and omnipresent social ills in form of corruption, the Filipinos are still looking forward to restore the country from scratch, ,” adds Chichi Tullao, Union of Catholic Student Councils spokesperson.

The holiday wish of the First Time Voters’ Project (FTV) is the extension of voters’ registration to give enough allowance to those whose major concern by now is to rebuild their living condition made uneasy by the aftermath of Ondoy and Pepeng. Also, this is a giant leap to accomplish everything since the maximization of the granted time for registration extension can still persuade and motivate the remaining possibly cynical, misinformed and disenfranchised prospect voters.

The spirit of “bayanihan” is innate in us. This does not stop after the typhoons left many people homeless and problematic. This will extend until voters’ registration, decision, education and election. Bayanihan is precisely the spirit of our Christmas request. When we join together our efforts to ensure a fair, honest and well-represented election to meet a common endpoint, we are ensuring those who are in need that 2010 and beyond is a time to repair our broken wings—for the good.

“WE ARE EXPECTING FOR BONUS DROPS OF INK AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. THESE SIGNIFY THE TEARS OF THE DESPERATE HOPEFULS OF A MOVING PHILIPPINES,” concludes Lapuz.

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25 11 2009
Cralagach

Seems like you are a real specialist. Did ya study about the subject? haha..

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