I came upon this in schumey's blog. Ninoy's letter to his son strikes a cord not only because of its sincerity but because of its relevance despite it being written 34 years ago.
I was having second thoughts in supporting Nonoy's senatorial bid for two reasons. The first being the plight of the workers in Hacienda Luisita and secondly, his running under the auspices of Erap. If Noynoy's motive in sharing this letter is to woo voters, he succeeded. At least in my case. I know that the father is not the son and Nonoy still has to prove his worth as a statesman, however, I am willing to gamble on him because of his audacity to stand up to an oppressive and corrupt regime.
Also, I'd like to point out how beautiful and inspiring the letter is. The letter may not be addressed to me but it provokes its readers to act and do his/her share as a citizen of the country.
Next month, we will cast our votes. Our responsibility is not just to take part in the election process. It begins with the process of knowing who the candidates are. Scrutinising their characters and understanding their positions on issues that not only concern our immediate needs but the needs others. Getting to know them to make sure we make an educated judgment. Our responsibility also extends to guarding the sanctity of the ballots. Ensuring that the election is clean and free of fraud. And finally by refusing to accept any form of deception by fighting for our rights to deserve a just and honest government.
Incidentally, my voter's ID issued by the Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting arrived in the mail yesterday.