October 28,2013 is the Philippines Barangay election. Barangay is the smallest unit of local government in the Philippines. The election will elect the barangay captains and the members of barangay council throughout 42,028 barangays in entire nation. The newly elected officials starts there term on November 30, 2013 up to three years, until the next election comes again. It the time where Filipinos have the opportunity to change their local leaders that will in time make progress and lead the improvement and success of the community and its people.
Vote buying is rampant in the country specially during campaign period. Election in Philippines is incomplete without vote buying. This means that the candidates give money to voters hoping they will be on their voters list. Some people accepts the money they’ve receive but still vote for their candidates but some are being carried away by the money and whoever pays more got their vote.
Though it is illegal, the COMELEC has been helpless and clueless in solving this problem. Only the people itself can solve this problem and it is still can be stopped, and it is all in voters hand, by ways of allowing the candidates to buy their votes but not vote for them in return , anyway they will not know wether you vote for them or not.
One thing that is very important is awareness, voters should be aware that those candidates who buy votes and has spent a lot of money to win the elections will certainly take back the money they spent from people taxes to recover their expenses once they are already in the office ,which is very true and that’s where the corruption begins. Being greedy and hunger for money motivates them to do everything they can to win because once they been elected their is plenty of money to be corrupted. There is no wonder there is no development in the Philippines because even in the basic unit of government , corruption is always the heart of it. The end justifies the means as what the saying says.
It just need self discipline to all Filipinos if everyone wants its country to be developed and improved. Vote wisely folks!