Election Automation: Stalemate or Checkmate?

I am a Filipino. I am proud of being one. I love my country so I make it a point to be of service in any way I can. I follow the law. I don’t bend the rules. And I try to be a good example to others by making a difference setting aside too much complaining. This makes life less complicated. It’s as simple as examining a situation, planning a course of action and executing it in the end. And everything works out fine. But it does not. Maybe most things in life are not that simple or a lot of us choose to complain a hell lot more…

Take for instance the automated elections… I, for one, think it’s awesome! It’s a breakthrough in our maturity as voters, an improvement in contrast to the manual system and a realization of our sovereignty as a people. There have been so many discussions about this topic since 2010 and, up to now, some are still crabby, grouchy, techy, and unreasonable (?) or let’s just say disagreeable in a whole lot of aspects of the very famous PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scanner) machine. Our I.T. nerds (?) geeks (?) or Specialists, for that matter, think it’s but a sham. The ordinary Filipino does not even understand what all of them are talking about. All we know is that we shade the blank circle opposite our chosen candidate/s using the black inked pen which each SBEI (Special Board of Election Inspector) provides every voter. Then our votes are automatically counted at the end of the day, thus, informing us the winning candidate/s the following day. Isn’t that amazing?

I was once an OAV (Overseas Absentee Voting) Volunteer who experienced the high-tech brains of the PCOS in 2010. I have had no problems about it except for some minor mishaps and machine malfunctions. But I can definitely attest to (Andres Bonifacio and even) our forefathers that these setbacks have definitely no effect to its accuracy and efficiency. But if and when we encounter any serious trouble with the machine, we can always call on the Support Technician/s. Or, surely folks, we can all go back to basics – we open the ballot boxes and count the ballots manually.

Wait! There’s one more mind-boggling issue that meets the eyes of our “grumps” – transmission. I guess I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time since we never encountered any difficulty in our transmission to Manila from Hong Kong. But far as my ears can hear such murmurs from others, it seemed that some oblivious human beings are jamming the signals of, if not all, some networks. Needless to say, the modem/s used in transmission depends mainly on these networks. Well, only in the Philippines!!! Still, we can go back to basics – it’s a phone call away. Plus, we have the SBOC (Special Board of Canvassers)…

See, there is always room for solutions. There will always be a back-up plan. Our journey to election automation takes its next voyage on May, 2016. So, for heaven’s sake, please give it a chance. The lesser we complain, the better there is life to offer…

Simple Truths That Aren’t True

People born under the Sign of Leo are believed to be great talkers. They are attractive and passionate; laid back; usually happy but when unhappy tend to be grouchy and childish. A Leo’s problem becomes everyone’s problem. Most Leos are very predictable and tend to be monotonous. Knows how to have fun. Is really good at almost anything; outgoing; down-to-earth; addictive, loud; talkative; not one to mess with; rare to find and good when found…

A personality who takes risks and feeds on attention. Kind hearted. Self-confident. Loud and boisterous. VERY revengeful. Easy to get along with and talk to. Loves music. A consistent daydreamer. Easily distracted. Hates not being trusted. Has a wide imagination. Loves to be loved. Hates studying. Longs for freedom. Rebellious when withheld or restricted. Playful. MYSTERIOUS. “Charming” or “beautiful” to everyone. Very stubborn, strong-willed and a fighter.

To sum it all up, those are some of the qualities I have… Hep, hep, hep… Easy lang, di ko sinasabing katangian ko nang lahat ng yan… Di ako perfect noh! At lalong-lalo nang di ako nagbubuhat ng sarili kong bangko (dahil mabigat!)… Patunay lang yan ng mga sinasabi nila sa mga “Leon” na katulad ko. And far as I know, the only thing which best fits my personality is that I really know how to have FUN!!!

Many people believe in horoscopes, signs, fortune tellers, and the like, to know and predict their personalities and what the future may bring. Kaso nga ginagawang basehan na ng iba ang ganitong kagawian. Nawawala na ang tunay at lehitimong pagkatao ng isang nilalang dahil sa ganitong paniniwala. Then, why have the heart and mind recognize what’s right from wrong? Di lahat ng bagay nababase sa suwerte, di lahat ng bagay nadidiktahan ng kapalaran dahil tayo mismo ang humuhubog ng buhay natin. Tayo ang gumagawa ng ikasasama o ikabubuti ng buhay natin.

We are our OWN choices!!!