Category Archives: Philippine Politics

An Overseas Absentee Voter Casting His Vote

May 3, 2010 was the day when Jethro took time out of his work to cast his vote for the next President, Vice President and Senators of the Philippines. As early as August 13, 2009, he registered at the Philippine Consulate as a voter under the Overseas Absentee Voting Program.

The 'new' Philippine Consulate Office in Jeddah

Here's Jethro proving to the precinct watchers that his thumbprint matches the thumbprint of the OAV registrant :-)

Getting his ballot and ready to vote...

Choosing "wisely" the leaders that would make the difference... Inshallah!

The family posing in front of the 'new' Philippine Consulate General Office in Jeddah (Kevin was not with us during this trip to KSA)

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.

Justice for the Victims of the Maguindanao Massacre

It is a tragic thing that something like this happened within a few months before GMA finally winds up her term of office. After the celebration of victories of Manny Pacquiao and Efren Penaflorida’s win, which made every Pinoy anywhere in the world proud, the Philippines was once again put on the world map. This time not for something that every Juan will be proud of but for something atrocious and horrifying that even the UN had to issue a statement about it. What a shame!

Indeed, it is something shameful, a moment of defeat, the triumph of superciliousness, the party of the wicked politicos that leaves us walking down here in the streets of a foreign land bowing down our heads in dismay and shame. The once proud Pinoys have nothing more to say but to accept the failure of our government to build a nation where peace prevails and for the citizenry to be protected by a government that is administered by the rules of law and not by the rules of guns and goons.

I was born in Cotabato City and lived the first 17 years of my life in the valley surrounded by mountain ranges in Upi, Maguindanao. I had my share of the arms conflict – evacuating from place to place, jumping and hiding in foxholes surrounded by sandbags, and coming back to our home that has been fully ransacked and looted by the hypothetically protectors and implementers of peace. I thought that such savage and barbaric acts were already things of the past until it is displayed once again before our very eyes. This horrendous crime brings pain and anguish to a once upon a time a Maguindanaoan-lad.

Do we care for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre or are we pensive and engrossed with just the extras and supplementary?

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