Democracy at work
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Election results are out and the winners are all but proclaimed.
It is time for winners to take a very short breather before buckling down and preparing to serve the country and keep the campaign promises made while wooing voters.
As for the losers, it is time to take a long breather before reviewing what went wrong and deciding if giving the voting public a choice and public service another shot after three years is still worth it.
The voters have done their duty by casting their ballots, regardless of the choices made. The majority has spoken and our country gets the government its voters deserve.
Those who are content with the results may celebrate and look forward to enjoying the benefits that putting their candidates in power are expected to bring.
On the other hand, those who are disappointed with the outcome are free to abandon their principles and conveniently switch sides, choose indifference, or if they still believe in our democracy, start thinking about what they should start doing now if they want their choices to have better chances next time.
Elections give us the opportunity to choose our nation’s leaders and although our democracy may be imperfect, Monday’s exercise was proof it can still be considered a working one. The Filipino voters have done their duty, the people have spoken. Now we have to trust that our democracy has delivered us elected officials who are willing and capable of keeping their oath of office and fulfill their obligations to our nation upon being sworn in.
If the government we deserve somehow disappoints and fails to meet whatever standards Filipinos have hoisted upon themselves as a people, we take comfort in the thought that the purpose of the next elections is to give us the opportunity to either assure those elected leaders that we made the right choices, or allow voters to right any wrongs that may have been made.*