Heartbreaking yet not discouraging
With the election results now coming in accompanied by reports of various irregularities (a mere 1 percent of the results, according to Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez), one cannot set aside speculation about whether there has been any foreign meddling or perhaps systematic cheating in the polls.
In spite of all that, to all those who campaigned for the rightful candidates in a sea of fascist enablers, we fought with principles and I am proud that I was part of it.
Some of the dignified candidates may have conceded by now, but the fight is still on, perhaps soon — or sooner — on the streets, in protest at the coming various rubber-stamped policies that will be made by the yes-men in the new Senate.
The results today may be upsetting, even heartbreaking, but they should never discourage us from resisting any looming dictatorship.
Let’s see to it that the youth will not dance to the drastic tune of Charter change. Instead, we young people should create our own tune that reflects the democratic hymn of our nation.
As Inquirer columnist Gideon Lasco tweeted, “… to surrender the country to evil is the last thing we need.” Indeed, this is the time to be engaged more than ever, way beyond these elections.
LUIS ANTONIO A. BONIFACIO, Floridablanca, Pampanga, [email protected]
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