Endless dream of social change

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The first sentence of Professor Randy David’s column last Sunday read: “At least once every six years, we are invited to dream that lasting social change is finally within sight.

As Filipinos, I think we dreamed of it from revolutionary times until now. With the exception of a few years just before Commonwealth status was granted to us by the United States until pre-martial times, we were able to achieve some of our dreams. We were ruled by politicians who, as a rule, were nationalistic, ethical, educated and “cultured”. If you remember, when Rogelio dela Rosa first ran for senator, most voters questioned his qualifications, being a movie star. Right now, if you’re an actor, a TV or radio personality, or an athlete like a boxer or basketball player, you have an advantage over the other applicants. Our presidents then acted in presidential public, that is, without swearing, swearing, misogyny or sexism, and “polite” in their dress and attitude since he is the father or the mother of the country .

Without endorsing anyone, he just dissected why the public voted for Mr. Duterte who, for regular voters, behaved like an ordinary person or a “common tao” that will solve our daily problems: “People just saw in him someone who could shake the post Edsa’s ruling elites out of smugness. He also spoke of why Mr Duterte “has barely made a dent in the problems he set out to solve himself”. I just wished that this time Filipino voters would start using their minds since the future of the Philippines depends on them electing our future leaders.

Despite the fact that the Duterte administration has failed the Filipino people, I think I can still dream, can’t I? Puwede pa ring managinip o mangarap.

Ida M. Tiongco, New York, NY, [email protected]

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