Updated: May 12, 2010
In a few days, the country will officially have a new president.
I’m sure many of us have spent a good amount of time in the past weeks learning about our candidates.
Moreover, we have likewise chosen to endure the long lines last May 10 just to exercise our right to suffrage.
And as the end of “election fever” draws near, let me share with you two inspiring articles which best express how this election has been for me.
Let their messages be our lessons that will inspire us to continue doing our part in making this country better.
First, an open letter to President Noynoy Aquino, written by Orlando P. Gracia, Jr. and originally posted on his Facebook account.
Dear Mr. President,
Allow me to extend my congratulations to you on your impending victory. Please note that this victory should be celebrated as a nation’s triumph and not of one man alone. Now is the time to make good on your promises and do something. I know that you have a good heart and had good intentions when you ran for the presidency. However, good heart and good intentions alone does not necessarily make an effective leader. I may not have voted for you but since you’re still going to be my president, I will support you and in return, I am expecting a lot.
Be the man that your father wanted you to be. Be an inspiration. Awaken the sleeping giant inside of you and strive to make our nation great. It is not enough that you had the right slogan that carried you through the campaign. Be the walking slogan, Mr. President. Because when it comes to getting things done, saying the thought aloud is not worth a dime. Now is the time to get out there, and start turning things over with sweat, with force and with determination. I am not expecting you to change the country. No one man can do that. But I do expect you to be able to inspire the country to collectively make that change. Inspire the Filipino people. Inspire us.
You face a daunting task ahead of you Mr. President. Our country is sick. Our nation is flawed. Our culture is diverse. Heal the sickness, accept the flaws and embrace that diversity. Appreciate and empathize with your constituents. Though you will never please everyone, at least try to make the effort.
I am tired of working away from home Mr. President. I want to be able to go home everyday to my wife and my daughter and kiss them both goodnight. This is one of the reasons why I never did choose you. Because you don’t know what it feels like to care for a family of your own. Be that as it may, consider each and every Filipino your own family now. And, as head of that family, point us in the right direction and show us the way.
And lastly, a pledge for the Filipino people. An article originally posted by thegreatest.
Now That We’ve Voted
I pledge to support the incoming president. I will do my part to help him institute the reforms needed to wipe out corruption and propel the country in the right direction. I will help him bring back the integrity of our government by setting an example for others with my own actions. I will advocate everything he does that I feel will better my country.
If he strays from the path that he’s laid down for himself and from the promises he made that made me support him in the first place, I will be his biggest critic. I will speak out and strive to be heard. I will be the thorn in his side and I will be tireless.
Mr. President-elect, now that you’ve given us hope and led us to the polls with your words and the promise to bring integrity, transparency, and honesty, I await your actions.
Never forget those who believed in you.
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