THE FINAL STAND: Who will I vote?

By Jalene B.D.S.


Good thing about Sunday’s class, we were dismissed early. I was able to watch the final Presidential debate, which I really need to, so I can make a wise decision of who I will vote. I’m a registered voter and this is the first time that I reacted  this way – I’m hopeful and looking forward to it unlike before. I’m quite hesitant when voting and I’m not doing much research about the candidate because I can’t find one that stood out among the rest. They’re all bunches of hypocrites, full of promises and good words, most are talkers not doers. There’s no difference even if I vote, that’s what I thought of. But I do vote, I vote with a heavy heart and mind.

This 2016 I will vote with a willing heart and mind. Originally, my first choice was Miriam Defensor Santiago before Duterte announced his candidacy. When he did, I got confused but I succumb to Miriam for the many issue that’s been thrown against Duterte – his character (palamura, asal-kalye ika nga), the way he present or behave in the public (walang class, kissing his female supporters nakaka-turn off talaga, disrespectful), his take against criminals & addicts (extra-judicial killings/violations against Human Rights) are quite outrageous, and recently his rape joke which really is a big deal (I’m also a female and it’s very offensive) that even other nationalities reacted against it.  During those times, that most of my friends on social media who are pro-Duterte (but pro-MDS now), I just stayed silent watching on the sidelines and do my own research. I read articles from different resources, I based on facts and not opinions. There are times I prayed for it so I can make a clear judgment and wise decision. To not judge a book by its cover


About MDS

The Iron Lady is a perfect candidate for President. Her credentials and achievements are impeccable. But my concern is, she has an unstable health condition which might worsen once seated in the highest position in the country.



As I get to know this “bad-ass” (barumbado in Tagalog) mayor and the issue/allegations against him, the more I admire and I can see that he have what it takes to be a great leader in the Philippine settings.




1.Philippines need CHANGE.

For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.


Democracy is not effective in the country anymore. Corruptions and crimes are rampant. What the people need now is discipline so we can move forward and address other issue that hinder the country’s development.

Another thing, the idea of adopting federalism is very applicable in our country – Philippines is an archipelago, we have diverse culture and tradition. With this kind of governance at least the government fund is allocated to each region equally, they’ll be held accountable for using that fund to build and/or sustain the people’s living which is under their scope.




2. He’s NOT a Hypocrite

Frankly speaking, I don’t like his character. His profanities when talking in the public is so disappointing for someone who’s aspiring to be the leader of the country. But at least, he’s being true and he’s not hiding his flaws unlike the other candidates (except: Miriam Defensor Santiago as well). And when he said something, he mean it with conviction. I like his sincerity. My opinion about some issue that was thrown against him.


Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope putang ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang magbisita dito. (Pope, you son of a bitch, go home. Don’t visit here anymore.)”

He disrespected the pope over traffic caused by his visit. I think he’s that kind of person, he expresses himself without thinking who it might offend. (READ: Duterte curses Pope Francis over traffic during his visit)

But the good thing about him is he knows how to humble himself and ask for forgiveness. (READ: Pope Francis offers prayers for Duterte)



15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” 20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” – MARK 7 –

His joke is not funny at all, it’s an offense to women’s integrity. But we don’t have the right as well to judge him solely for that. He’s a women rights advocate but also a womanizer. But he made Davao a safe city for women and despite those issue they respect him still. Somehow, he’s a man of contradictions and I think what comes out of his mouth is purely a jest, he didn’t mean it.  On yesterday’s debate, I can see how passionate and respectful Duterte can be to a woman – Miriam. If he can do it to one, I don’t see any problems that women might face under his governance.

“I am facing a woman who would become the President of the Republic of Philippines. It is even an insult to the intellect of everybody to be asking a learned and experienced human being in this planet.”


One thing I wished for him is to change. But it’s too much to ask and I don’t have the right since we’re standing on the same ground. To change him is impossible but with God it’s possible.  Our country is a Christian nation, instead of condemning what he had said, shouldn’t we rebuke him and pray for him? We all have a demon/monster inside that’s why we need Jesus in our life same thing with Duterte, he’s just a man – imperfect, with flaws and tainted by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23 –

Let’s pray without ceasing, hoping that he will come to encounter Jesus in a real and personal way. His expressions and conducts can be corrected.


Bottomline, I remembered the story of the woman who committed adultery.



3. Philippines need a True Leader

His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. – Psalm 55:21 –

I’m not a blind follower. I have a judgment of my own. I’m not rooting for traditional politicians who do lots of sweet talking just to get the people’s hearts and votes. Duterte’s character is a big no – no but his leadership is a YES to me! Davao City is a very good example. If he can manage to rebuild/create peace and order on a once so violent city , he can apply it too in terms of  the macro-environment which is the country as a whole. We just don’t need a bright leader but we need someone who LIVES BY EXAMPLE.


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