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OFWs Vote to Make a Big Difference!

I am reposting this article because I believe that the over 12M OFWs around the globe is a big voting bloc to reckon with which will definitely reshape the landscape of Philippine Politics. Whether or not the OFW is registered as an Overseas Absentee Voter (OAV), he can still participate by convincing members of his immediate families and relatives to actively participate in the election processes and to vote for the right candidates, especially those who look after the welfare and protection of the OFWs.

We can make an impact in this election from our collective efforts to act as one strong force. Let’s show that we can indeed make a big difference in the Philippine political scenario.

Pinoy Expats and OFW Bloggers unite for Election 2010!

This article is a compilation of thoughts from some of the best and brightest PEBA and KaBlogs bloggers. It was originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles and

______________________________________________________ Come fellow OFWs, vote with us!
Compiled by Kenji JB Solis
For decades, we’ve been lauded as “Bagong Bayani” as a recognition by the same government who has caused our mass exodus into foreign lands.

Let’s breathe the title of modern day heroes and accept its appended challenges and responsibilities. Despite our distance and diversity, we take pride in being a part of the Filipino abroad’s global recognition as shapers of the world.

Now, the time has come to unleash the heroes within us as the majestic sun rises in the East and its rays of hope shines upon our nation this coming May 2010 election.

This is a call for our collective voice in the 2010 election. We encourage all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families to actively participate and be part of our country’s historic electoral process.

For several years, we’ve made our presence felt in building our nation. In every single dollar remittance that is being delivered in our family’s doorsteps, we OFWs have helped in sustaining the Philippines’ economic growth.

Our experiences in and out the country have led us to become seasoned professionals who are now politically mature to discern what’s best for our home country. Now is the moment to make a difference. We are part of the 12 million Filipinos dispersed across the world and we can definitely make a difference.

We will solidify our stand to choose the right leaders for our country. We will influence our family and loved ones back home, the recipient of our hardships and struggles abroad, to act too. We will guide them in making their choices this coming May 2010 because we believe that their actions will not only shape our country’s future but the future of the generations to come.

Our nation has suffered from the action (and inaction) of irresponsible and corrupt government officials but we must remain steadfast in our hope and desire of having a better country. Our nation is already battered and divided. This coming election, its fate resides in US.

If there is a time to live as modern day heroes, to make a difference as global Filipinos, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW!

Let us empower ourselves as OFWs. With one voice and one heart, let’s vote and get counted! Only responsible voters can bring responsible leaders in office on May 2010. Let the new leaders of our land rise from the votes of OFWs.

(PEBA and KaBlogs encourages all OFW bloggers to repost this article in their blogs, FB Profiles, Twitter, Plurk and others. Kindly circulate this post to all OFW and their families. Spread this message of hope that our votes can make a difference. Thank you.)

©2010 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards
Jebee Kenji Solis is an OFW based in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. This post is a joint call from the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards, Inc (PEBA, Inc.) and the KaBlogs (Kabayan Blogs) where Kenji is the Founding Chairman. With over 300 Linklist of OFW/Kabayan Blogs from the Philippines to all the nook and corner of the globe where the Filipino diasporic community is found, PEBA, Inc. and KaBlogs believes in the power of the blogs to transform and influence the outcome of the Philippine 2010 Election.

My Right to Election 2010: The Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) Registration

After all the blahblahblah… have we registered for the 2010 election?

Funny at how many of us join in discussions about the Philippine political scenario, giving strategies on how a politician could win the election, etcetera… up to the point of fighting out with our last breath up to the last drop of our blood in defense of a lucky clown who does not even know who the hell we are, then when the million dollar question is asked, we coyly answer on the negative.

When I posted the blog Gearing Up for Election 2010: Will Overseas Absentee Voting Make a Difference? last February 8, I was all set to register within a few weeks after that blogpost but the Filipinos’ infamous “hasta mañana” habit almost cost my ticket to choose the next leader in the 2010 Election.

If I was not scheduled for my vacation on the 22nd of August to the first day of September, I could have extended that enlistment up to the last day of the OAV registration on August 31. I bet you, without that vacation schedule, I would probably have forgotten all about OAV. So to put my hand where my mouth was in that blogpost, I had to do it even when the sandstorm was raging mad along the Al-Laith – Jeddah Super Highway that Thursday afternoon of August 13. I braved the very low-visibility highway to be able to reach the Philippine Consulate Office in Jeddah.

Here are some of the snapshots taken from my mobile phone that afternoon:

The famous Giant Bicycle Square which is known as the world’s largest bicycle according to the Guinness Book of Records. This is the landmark that I always look at to know that I am near the Philippine Consular Office in Jeddah. The Bicycle or “Darrajah” in Arabic is located at the center of Siteen Road and Amir Abdullah Street.

This is the facade of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah. It is located in Al-Sayeddah Kaddija Street, Al Faisaliyah District.

Took the chance to pose in whatever place I can especially that there was no one who will call my attention and say, “Lalalalala” (Arabic for saying No! No! No! No picture taking here!)

Here I was with my finger print taking, signature and ID picture taking.

Here is the acknowledgment receipt of my OAV registration. (A proof that I’m temporarily registered)
I still have to wait for my ID which will be mailed by COMELEC after a few months

My OAV registration calls for a simple celebration at Jeddah’s La Paz Batchoy Restaurant. I tried their Batchoy, Bulalo and Grilled Beef but i will reserve my comments after they will sponsor PEBA 2009…hahaha

Sen. Mar Roxas Supports Noynoy for 2010

Sept. 1, 2009, Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines – The Liberal Party President and the supposed Standard bearer Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas has pledged his support for Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino to be become the standard bearer of the Liberal Party.

Noynoy was suddenly catapulted to such popularity when calls for him to seek a higher post in 2010 emerged after the death of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino.

Yet, despite the backing and preference of Former Senate president and LP chairman Franklin Drilon and former Senate President Jovito Salonga for a Mar-Noynoy tandem, with Noynoy as the vice presidential candidate (That was my combination-preference too). Mar humbly backed-out of his dream to become the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

During in an impromptu speech at Club Filipino, Mar Roxas said that he is giving his support to the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino.

“Let us not remain a country of dreamers,” Roxas said in his speech. “Today I am announcing my support for the candidacy of Noynoy as the president of the Philippines.”

Here’s the full transcript of that speech courtesy of It was very well said and I have to admit that it brought a lump to my throat.

Country above self. Bayan bago ang sarili.

Iyan ang habilin ng aking lolo, President Manuel Roxas.

Our nation is in trouble. Leadership is bankrupt. Institutions are in disarray. People are hungry.

Noynoy Aquino and I share the same outrage over the mess we are all in, the same way we share the solution-clean, honest, selfless public service.

Marami at matindi ang mga problema ng bansa. Kailangan nating ayusin. Matindi ang kalaban. We need a determined force for good far stronger than the festering evil around us.

We need to fight just as our own fathers fought dictatorship, and just as both died believing that good will conquer evil.

Noynoy and I want to make a difference, but we also know that we need to unite to achieve what we want.

I am the President of the Liberal Party.

It is within my power to preside over a potentially divisive process or to make the party a bridge for the forces of change. I choose to lead unity, not division. Bilang pinuno ng aking Partido, magdedesisyon ako.

Mahal ko ang Partido Liberal. My grandfather founded it. My father led it during the most difficult times of Martial Law. Sa harap ng peligro, sa kabila ng napakaraming tukso-hindi siya sumuko.

He inspired me-to stay the course, to fight the good fight, to pass the test of true character. To believe.

Over the weekend, Noynoy and I had many long conversations… Masinsinang usapan. We agreed: Let us forget about ourselves for a moment. This is not about us, this is about our people and our country. This is about our common dream. The dream of our parents.

But let us not remain a country of dreamers. Tama na ang pangarap. Gawin na natin, ngayon.

Today, I am announcing my support for the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino for President in 2010.

Noy has made it clear to me that he wants to carry the torch of leadership.

The passing of our beloved former President Aquino has reawakened a passion among us. I acknowledge this as fuel to bring us to the realization of our dream: Good will triumph over evil.

Ito na ang pinakamabigat na desisyon sa buhay ko. Maniwala man kayo o hindi, ginagawa ko ito para sa bayan, para sa inyo. I do this for unity in support of change. And if that means that somebody must make the sacrifice, it must be me. Ako na.

To you Noy, I say: I began the campaign to sow the seeds para sa pagbabago at reporma. You must now be the one to grow them in the arena of leadership.

Hindi kami maghihiwalay ni Noy. I will stand with him.

At sa aking mga kababayan, sa mga nagtiwala sa akin: Mahal na mahal ko po kayo. Mahal na mahal ko po ang ating bayan. Hindi rin tayo maghihiwalay. Itutuloy natin ang pagbabago sa ating bansa. Itutuloy natin ang laban para sa reporma!

Kay Noy, at sa aking mga kababayan: Country above self! Bayan bago sarili!

Hindi ko kayo pababayaan! Lalaban tayo!

Mar Roxas, you stand much taller after forfeiting and sacrificing your political career for the sake of change!

May God bless you and may you find favor for that promotion at the right time!

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