Is Our Election Process Fair?

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We have been bombarded by numerous problems lately and, the events that had transpired in the previous years, especially last 2009, did not help our situation any better. The infamous "Maguindanao Massacre" had created quite a sensation that put our nation at the top of the world once again, gaining the title of "The World's Most Dangerous Place for Journalists". Adding this award to our long list of titles in the same field like "The World's Most Corrupt Government" did not hurt either. It seems as if we are really competing against other nations for this type of recognitions. We have worked hard to beat Afghanistan, Iraq, and also our other neighboring Asian countries as well for these. How was that? Before those things occurred, we are already internationally acclaimed due to a lot of interesting events that always put our country to the covers of international news and magazines. Before Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, there was Imelda Marcos. And then again, there was Ferdinand Marcos. Our country's been famous for being the spring for news which, more often than not, shocked the world. The "incident" in Maguindanao was nothing but an icing in the cake. For a very small country in the eastern part of the world, we are such great newsmakers. These world-renowned events in our country are just bits of pieces of sand in the Sahara desert compared to the plentiful crimes, committed here, only here, in the Philippines. If we are to count every fraud, every Filipino suffering, every lie committed by government officials, every cent corrupted by the government, every billions of money added to their bank accounts, every Filipino dying (take note, not all are because of natural causes), every family grieving, every shattered dreams of each citizen, every student disappearing, every right violated... the list is endless! We would not be able to count at all. It was devastating, frustrating to hope for a better future here in this nation. Unfortunately, these kinds of oppressing proceedings are not limited in the economic level alone. Narrow it down further and you will see that every small community, every region, every part of an institution has its own manifestation or miniature counterpart of unjust rulings. In every sector of the society, there is always the oppressed, and it was in different forms. If we are going to trace and recall the rich history of our nation, it would just show that we have been browbeaten most of our lives. From the colonial periods, to the series of leaders that ruled us, up to this moment, when we were supposedly independent, free and democratic, we are still struggling very hard to perceive and experience the benefits of "... the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace,..." to quote the Preamble of our 1987 Constitution. Amidst all these comings and goings in of events in our country, the youth sector strives to be felt by voicing out their opinions, doing what they can to fight for what they believe in. To form the kind of government that ought to be what a government really is, according to what they thought what it should be. These youths, mainly students of universities, goes beyond the affairs of their universities and go as far as the affairs within the community and then to the nation. Not contented in the confines of their universities, they courageously launch their bold activities, protests, and shouts for change in the streets, encouraging more individuals to join them and fight the adversaries for real development and transparent ruling. As students learning the authentic dynamics of a society, government and economy, these freshly educated young people do their best to see in actuality what their newly learned ideologies, processes, and laws state and how they should be applied. As their eyes were gradually opening to see the reality of what is happening in their environment, in their country, seeing and...
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