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Early politics

VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Fe Perez (The Freeman) - June 5, 2021 - 12:00am

Cebu is a vote-rich province. That is why during the elections in the past years, a lot of national leaders would want to woo the Cebuano voters. It has a voting population of more than three million; a large chunk that could pull one's candidacy up to a seat in position. Recently, the administration's party held its council meeting in Cebu. It was more of a symbol, if you ask me. They wanted to show that they were still intact and that they support the current president to run next year in a position lower than what he has now.

While it is his right to run for office on another term but of a different position, I think we should just step back a bit and reflect on the past five years that his administration has done to us. It was the five years where we were promised that drugs would be eradicated in six months only to find out that he couldn't fulfill his promise. We saw how those linked to the drug trade were just aimlessly, even point blank. Our own territorial properties couldn't even be defended by the state itself. We saw how the pandemic made us bleed economically and that there were a lot of displaced people. Not to mention, the trampling upon the press.

If you ask me, maybe it is time for us to take a break from everything that we had just gone through in the past years. The reason for a democracy is for others, who are capable, to try their luck and be elected as well. We are embracing a diverse kind of government where it is up to the people to vote who they think deserves the seat. But as of now, it is not yet high time to talk about these things.

For one, we are still rolling out the vaccination program which could spell the destiny of our country in the next few months. The response to the pandemic is still ongoing thus it is not time for people and politicians to be divisive but instead hold hands so that we could overcome this virus once and for all. Apparently, that is not the deal to some. What matters to them is a sure seat to maintain power, and that is just sad.

Hopefully when we do the elections next year, we will put into mind that we need a fresh set of leaders - maybe one that does not promise change but has a heart to put our country back to where it should have been. Then again, we are still fighting tooth and bone in this pandemic for others to regain its glory again. We have lost so much, the next thing we want is losing our sovereignty.

Early politics is good if you want to educate people, but trying to create factions and divisions is a long story. In fact, a lot of money will be involved in it. That money could even belong to the people, so think wisely.

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