Duterte 2016: Change is Not Coming

I hate crowds.

Although finding myself among the sea of fans in the Queen's concert would be an exception - which, we all know, is never going to happen.

A few weeks ago, I found myself getting pushed and shoved in the middle of strangers. I had to endure the agony of standing for at least 3 hours. I was afraid my feet would fail me (I've had attacks of hypoglycemia before which usually happened during prolonged standing). And the fact that I didn't have dinner nor did I bring water with me made it even worse.

What the hell am I doing here? 
Duterte-Cayetano Rally in Davao
Kahayag sa Pagbag-o Candlelighting Rally (photo via CinEmotion Digital Films)
I could have just left. Kasi sa totoo lang, wala naman akong mapapala dito.

Just so you know, other than hating crowds and avoiding it like plague, I detest politics. Although at one point I tried convincing myself to like politics (I even considered proceeding to Law before. Haha. Seriously, I have a bad case of delusions of grandeur). Back then, politics was oddly interesting. But after the Supreme Court allowed Grace Poe to run in the 2016 elections, I am reminded again why I hate politics. After many elections, it's no surprise that I have kept mum about anything because - I hate to admit it - I have not voted ever.

I remember back then when we were tasked by my high school Social Studies teacher to write an essay regarding former President Estrada's trial and impeachment, I had the longest paper in class. I usually write long (and perhaps boring) write-ups when my emotions are at the peak level. So this serves as warning: I am rather inspired tonight. Anyway. I don't know if I was graded an A because it was brilliant or just because it was... uh... long. It was a 2-page single-spaced reaction paper coming from a girl who's pretending to care about the world. Mind you, that's already a lot (and an achievement of some sort) for a high school sophomore whose world revolves around Backstreet Boys, football, and Pokemon. So I guess, it was a well-deserved A. Nevertheless, if there's one thing I'm sure about what I've written is that the government will deliver the same old shit.

I was wrapped up in the mentality that nothing will ever change no matter what we do. I am one of those people who became passive-submissive to the government's screwed up system, one who has been a socio-political ignoramus by choice, and one who thought that it's better not to vote because nobody deserves my vote at all. Why bother? We are already screwed anyway.

On the other hand, I would have to say, living in Davao made the story a little different. True to the city's motto, "Life is Here", any Davaoeño can boast of enjoying the perks of living here - which I think is both a boon and a bane. Reaping the fruits of a good local governance made me oblivious to how fucked up the Philippine government really is.

I wasn't keen on what's happening around (because I don't watch TV. And really, I don't give a damn). Until Duterte's name came buzzing in as if a gong just resonated to my ears over and over that I could not be bothered not to be bothered anymore. Bakit si Duterte pa? Okay na kami dito ah. 

With all honesty, I never wanted him to run. And I know I'm just one of the many Davaoeños who doesn't want to share him with a country run by a bunch of heartless, greedy, and self-centered parasites with people resistant to change. 

I believe in him. I always do. But I do not believe in the Filipinos. I do not believe the Filipinos are ready for him. I do not believe the Philippines deserve him. I never supported anyone or any group who's pushing him to run and I was quite vocal about it.


But last March 16, 2016, I found myself in a sea of crowd. It wasn't exactly the kind of crowd I have always imagined. You know, among those who are getting awed in Freddie Mercury's vocal gymnastics while he runs around the stage like a madman in his shiny leather pants. It was something inspiring, stirring, and moving made by a man mad for change. A blockbuster sans throwing in highly-paid celebrities and there was no expensive orchestra to boot; only, there were hearts and clenched fists orchestrating the longing for change.

So to ask myself again, what the hell was I doing there? Why did I waste my time just to feel tired and uncomfortable, not to mention, spend a little of what's left of my salary for something I detest? For politics? May napala ba ako? 

Nabatukan lang naman ako. 
You see, whenever I speak, I speak highly albeit selfishly as a Davaoeño. And if I may borrow an infamous quote from one of the presidential candidates, I was like, "Bahala kayo sa buhay nyo. Maayos na kami dito sa Davao." 

Again, wala akong pakealam. As in wala. And it was Duterte who directed an epic facepalm on me. If he knew me personally, he would've slapped me para matauhan ako just like how my friends would slap me whenever I do something foolish. 

It's not everyday you see a politician who shows genuine love for the country and its peopleHeck, you do not see that in any politician at all. Mahal na mahal nya ang Pilipinas. Mahal na mahal nya ang mga Pilipino. That night when the the people sang 'Ako ay Pilipino', I had goosebumps all over. And when he started talking about the Philippines, the flag, and our nationality, I looked down and searched for my face on the floor because I think I dropped it in shame.

Isang batok ang natanggap ko galing sa malulutong at totoong salita ni Mayor to remind me: PILIPINO NGA PALA AKO.

The rally gave me a heavy blow in the heart - one that I did not see coming. Akala ko rally-rally lang yun. Makikinig lang, tapos yun na yun. Di ko alam tatamaan din pala ako ng hiya. Dahil nahiya ako sa kanya. Nahiya ako sa sarili ko. I would have gladly taken a slap from him because I think that would have been less painful.

All these years, I was just a Davaoeño. Only a Davaoeño. Nothing more. Nothing else.

But it didn't take too long for me to take a U-turn or maybe have a change of heart. No, don't get me wrong. I still detest politics. It still sounds like a foreign language to me. Politicians-defying-the-law-and-still-get-away-with-it and its many craptastic issues are already way beyond my comprehension. So I leave that to those who know and can actually handle shit. But I do care for the people affected by it. Believe it or not, I really do, not only because I finally learned where most of my taxes go but because we are all in a helpless situation. Sinu-sino pa ba ang magtutulungan? Kesyo nasa Davao o saang parte ng Pilipinas, pare-pareho tayong biktima ng bulok na systema ng gobyerno.

It was Duterte who showed me that I am more than just a Davaoeño. It was him who showed me what it means to be a Filipino.

Duterte has inspired and transformed me, and perhaps you, and many others in ways we never thought of. If you haven't noticed, we are already doing those little things that make us law-abiding citizens because that is what Duterte embodies.

But more than that, seeing Filipinos exert conscious efforts to cultivate kindness and altruism is what struck me the most. The recent unfortunate events prove that the flame of the bayanihan spirit is not dead - and it only took a spark to get the fire glowing. Duterte was the spark. We saw beyond his tough personality and we emulated his compassion towards others (and I don't know why it kills others to see that).

I see more and more individuals are changing for the better. So even for a pessimist like me, it is now impossible to doubt the existence of hope. With the clamor for Duterte to be the next leader of the Philippines, hope was given to the millions of people oppressed far longer than we could imagine by the modern-day tyrants disguised as our public servants.
A volunteer. And I am deeply honored. :)
To see a leader who simply move hearts, inspire people, and create unity in diversity, is already saying something - and he isn't even carrying the title yet. And not one leader in the history of the Philippines has done that before (not in the political era I live in anyway).

And now that I am seeing the bigger and better picture, I am certain that change is not coming because IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN!

I do not know Duterte personally. I do not have a personal experience with him. But he did change me unknowingly and in a profound way I never expected. This isn't even share worthy, not the tear-jerking or heartwarming story you would want to hear, not even interesting to say the least. But I am writing this because this is something I can never dismiss. NO LEADER HAS EVER MADE ME REKINDLE MY FAITH, HOPE, PRIDE, AND LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY.  And this is #MyDuterteStory.

So this is my call for my fellow Filipinos...

CHANGE HAS ALREADY BEGUN.

Duterte was our catalyst and our only job is to be united to keep this change and to keep changing for the better.

We know that the Philippines is falling apart. And we aren't so naive to believe that Duterte can single-handedly clean ALL of the shit the Philippines is in. He needs us as much as we need him.

He isn't perfect. But to speak of passion, compassion, competency, integrity, and grit, I sincerely, firmly, eagerly, and thoughtfully believe that voting for Duterte will lead us directly in to the RIGHT direction. Sa TAMANG daan na po tayo.

This May 9, 2016, we only have two choices here: to stop the rotten government or to stop the change. Your choice.


Sarah

30-something grown up who still hasn't figured out how taxes really work. Needs improvement. Ineffable, nonetheless.

90 comments:

  1. Hay grabe. GOOSEBUMPS. I can relate to what you've written here. I was also present during his campaign sortie in Tacloban. My colleagues at the control tower were asking me if I'd attend. I told them I won't because I also hate crowds. I might consider attending if and only if I have a good spot at the plaza.

    Out of curiosity, I decided to give it a try. And besides, YOLO. I arrived there at around 5:30PM and there was already a huge crowd waiting for Duterte. So, I found a good spot and stood for the next three freakin' hours. The candidates were late because they went to a far-flung province in Eastern Samar before proceeding to Tacloban. And there he was. Speaking in front of the sea of crowd who were also hungry for a REAL CHANGE. I can attest that it was a mixed crowd - from the most affluent families of Tacloban down to the urban poor communities of the city. We were all gathered there for one purpose. I have never seen such unity in diversity.

    Also, the last statement of your blog. SPOT ON.

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    1. It's actually my first time to be in a crowd this big. And I think it would be my last. Unless magkakaroon ng People Power dahil nadaya ating Presidente. Haha ^_^

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    2. Wow! that was a beautiful transformation and I did share it so that many will know and will come to realize hopefully how crucial this time to vote for someone like Mayor Duterte whom I see though I haven't seen him in person but have heard of many good things that are happening in Davao, through him I believe we will have a very good chance to become a better nation that is to be proud of. Maybe God has destined him to be president considering all those sea of crowds of volunteers come by the thousands and counting shouting his name..it really moves me..gosh is he the modern messiah?..Let's pray for him, for his victory, his health and security. God bless us all!

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  2. OMG! I thought you turned your back. Seriously, naiyak ako dito. Nakakatouch. This should go viral.

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    1. Eeek! Haha. That's the last thing I would want. Or ewan. Nakakaflatter kung ganun. But I don't think this site can handle it. Haha. :D

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    2. I shared. Can't help it. It's inspiring and awakening.

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  3. Nakakatouch. :'(

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  4. why do i feel bad after reading this? siguro natamaan din ako. T_T

    #DU30 #Duterte2016 #TamaSiDuterte #TapangAtMalasakit

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  5. Hello mam. Pano po maging volunter? Gusto ko po mag poll watch.

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    1. Hello! Maybe you should get in touch with some groups where you live. May mga movement naman for Duterte for every city/municipality. :)

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  6. Pagpalain po sana kayo. Salamat sa inspirasyon. Mabuhay si Duterte! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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  7. I was in Angeles City rally. Grabe! Alam mo yung tuwing nagsasalita sya damang-dama mo yung mga sinasabi niya. I can relate. I do not like crowds too. Pero talagang pinilit ko sarili ko para lang ipakita ko supporta ko sa kanya. Sulit na sulit naman kahit nakakadiri yung pawis ng katabi ko. Hahahaha

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  8. Idola this girl uy. Nalingaw na pud ko. Keep it up sarj! Clap clap clap!

    Duterte! Duterte! Duterte para sa tunay na pagbabago!

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  9. You got me at Pokemon.

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  10. At first i dont want to read your article because its long and has a lot of drama but as I started reading it,it made me realize that being a Filipino I have to be "may pakialam". thank you hindi na pwede arte arte, makialam na tayo sa ating pamayanan

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  11. "NO LEADER HAS EVER MADE ME REKINDLE MY FAITH, HOPE, PRIDE, AND LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY. And this is #MyDuterteStory."

    - this. i cannot this. hindi ka nagiisa ate. we feel you.

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  12. Pagkabasa ko ng headline, "bakit change is not coming?" Very intriguing kaya pinagpatuloy ko ang pagbabasa to prove myself na hindi negative article 'to tungkol kay #Duterte. At tama naman ang hinala ko. A very well written article. Kudos to you! I would say I am a solid Duterte fan. But sadly I will not be able to vote as I have failed to register for overseas voter here in the US. Pero pagpapatuloy ko na lang sa aking maliit na paraan ang pagkakampanya para kay Duterte. I am really hoping and praying for a better Philippines. I love our country, at napatibay pa iyon nang mapunta ako dito sa Amerika. Na-realize ko ang maraming bagay na hindi ko nagagawa nung nasa Pilipinas pa ako. Sa simpleng pagsunod lang sa rules and regulations on the road, makakatulong na tayo sa pagbabago in our own little ways. God bless you. Hope this article will reach millions of Filipinos around the world.

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  13. Too many good writers are now willing to lend their hand to support our beloved candidate. Here's one of them.

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  14. Yaga-yaga man dyud ka bayhana ka but kudos to you! You have just spoken how our President can change hearts and I hope others will see that too. Well-written Sarj. Keep it up!

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  15. Nakakahawa ang virus na dala ni Duterte. Biruin mo, hindi na ako basta basta nagtatapon ng basura ko e di ko naman dating gawain yan. May sakit na nga talaga ako kasi pati kalat ng iba pinupulot ko na para ilagay sa dapat kalagyan nya. Kayo nahawa na din ba kayo?

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  16. I love her kind of writing. Idola this girl really. Cheers! God bless!

    Davaoeños Rock! ☺

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  17. I love her kind of writing. Idola this girl really. Cheers! God bless!

    Davaoeños Rock! ☺

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  18. I grew up in QC at mas lalong wala akong personal experience sa mga Duterte pero malapit sya sa akin. Pagnagkataon ngayon pa lang ako magiging proud sa ating presidente.

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  19. Thank you for this inspiring story of yours. God bless you Sarah. God bless Mayor Duterte. God bless Davao. God bless the Philippines. God willing, all will turn out well.

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  20. Nice blog Sarah! Ramdam kita. Walang #DU30 kung walang disiplinadong Pilipino. Sana hindi lang natin iboto si DU30, magbago na din sana tayo...

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  21. Hi sarah. I like ur blog. Hope we can be friends in fb manny u. Salazar. Im a software developer maybe we can share codes :-)

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  22. It moved me, it is really moving me and im in tears na nman, hahaha lagi nalang ako napapaiyak nitong mga duterte story na to. It means it really touches me. Thanks!!

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  23. You know what, I click this link because I thought its gonna be a duterte hate post but I was disappointed. But this gave me a good chuckle and I was hook until the end. Very well-written. Bravo to you! If only duterte supporters think and act like you then I might even think about voting duterte for president.

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    1. If majority of the people are like you who chooses a candidate basing on the supporters, I'm afraid the Philippines will be doomed. Why don't you look at what the candidates have to offer instead. What have they done for the country? What have they done for the people? The blog that you have just read is an example of a candidate's exemplary persona.

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    2. Hmm, I'm not sure if you truly understood or read her whole piece but if what you got was the author was wholly basing her change of mind to her experience in a crowd then you should read again! But then again you could be trolling as you didn't not even take time to tell author a name!

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    3. I change my mind. What Trillanes and Roxas has done was a lowblow. I"m voting Duterte!

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  24. That feeling you have is profound and needs to happen to more Filipinos! When I lived in the Philippines in my 20s I realized how segregated, Caviteneo, Batangeneo, Ilocano, Cebuano, etc, etc. It was disconcerting being raised in Canada I never experienced this I was taught to be proud to be a Filipino, not a proud Laguneo Filipino! Secondly I was surprised by how people thought about the people they vote into office, comments often heard was "maraming pera yam mariming natulangan" I would always explain its not their money they are using and if it is it could be consider graft as it may look like a bribe, it is your money the taxpayers! Change needs to come from the Filipinos on the individual level and Sarah you are on that first step take back our government from the people who have used democracy as a playground of laws and meaningless justice system that benefits only those with the capacity to fight! Duterte is a man that can lead change but Filipinos must be willing to follow!

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  25. Goosebumps.Thank you for making you blog.I can relate to what you've said.I haven't voted in my entire life too bec.of dirty politician and thinking theirs no sense of voting.parang niloko ko lang ang sarili ko and also I'm living abroad more than in my country pero ayaw kong palitan ang citizenship ko dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas.I always plan to go back home and live for good with my family back home,but I know it wont end up for good baka mamatay lang ako sa sobrang stress and crime.
    Until Mayor Rodrigo Duterte came I started to have hope na makasama ko man lang ang pamilya ko bago ako mamatay.natatakot na kasi akong umuwi lalo na I'ved gone to several cancer operations,baka di tumagal ang buhay ko dahil sa takot at stress pag baba mo pa lang ng eroplano.I hope and pray for him MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE to win this fight for us.
    Alam ko lahat ng bagay sa mundo ay may katapusan.kaya panahon na para litisin ang mga krimen sa ating bansa.I also have the intuitions that this will be a history.

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  26. Hey, You actually made me cry. Thanks for posting this.

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  27. Duterte reminds us on who we are as Filipinos and our love for our country. This was the same feeling in Edsa 1 when ordinary Filipinos came out and show their love and what they were willing to do for the country. The Aquino's have failed us, but with Duterte we see a true and worthy leader. Feel the change, history shows that in time of hardship and turmoil, a true leader will come out. Not to save us but to lead us out of bondage!!!

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  28. Teary eyed while reading. Change is coming soon. Kudos!

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  29. Your heart writes. So touching when truth speaks. Lets rally behind people who have the guts to make a difference for the best welfare of the Filipinos. Keep sharing your stand and principles.

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  30. What I like about your blog and this post in particular is that it is very REAL. You have discussed a heavy and deep issue in a light way. Madaling basahin pero tagos na tagos sa loob ang mga sinabi mo.


    P.S. Has anyone noticed that Duterte articles ora any My Duterte Stories are written brilliantly? That's because they are written from the heart.

    Kudos for this Miss Sarah! Thanks for inspring!

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  31. Standing ovation for this Sar! :)

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  32. Well-said Madame! I hope this reaches a thousands of Filipinos to inspire them and unite with us to take back what's rightfully ours. Let's claim the beautiful Philippines again and we can only do that if we elect Duterte for President!

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  33. Wow! Your simply amazing. Nice read! 👍👍👍👌

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  34. This deserved to be known and enlightening piece for those unbelievers of change can't be done...as you've said "change just begun"....!

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  35. I have not yet seen a single article that is moving and inspiring as this that is written for other presidentiables. I became an instant follower the first time I got here in you blog. But I WAS a Roxas supporter then, if you remember that. You wrote this well AND we all can feel you wrote this with your heart. Kudos Sarah! God bless!

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    1. Hi Chris! Well, I don't know what to say. Pero Duterte tayo ha! ^_^

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    2. This made me decide to vote for Duterte 100%. You're already inspiring thousands of Pinoys and maybe you're helping them decide. Keep it up.

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  36. Very touching...truly change is coming...#PHVoteDuterte

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  37. Very touching...truly change is coming...#PHVoteDuterte

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  38. Life is full of tae. Philippines is full of tae. This blog is not full of tae; IT IS THE TAE ITSELF. Just so you know, the love You-know-who (it is evil to mention his name) claimed he has for our country is all part of his political strategy and unfortunately, you have fallen victim to it. I sincerely do hope that your gullibility is not contagious

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    1. Take a chill pill and breathe. God bless you. :)

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    2. May God enlighten your mind. God bless you, too :)

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    3. I beg to disagree with Son of einstein. I was deeply moved by this blog, Ms. Sarah. Thank you for writing this. :)

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    4. just agree to disagree.. so all the way Du30! XD

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  39. Hi Sarah. Thanks for making us realize that change is already begun for some Filipinos who rekindle their faith for the country because of Duterte. I regret myself for not registering as a voter here in Dubai. I feel like I am wasting my chance to support Digong, but nevertheless I am campaigning him and I have faith in God that He will make a change in our country through Duterte.

    Hindi na talaga ako uuwi ng pinas pag nadaya pa si Digong! #Duterte2016 #PHVoteDuterte

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  40. Pls vote Du30 on my behalf.I hate myself for missing out the registration...I pray for peaceful election.Well said Sarah.I admire your blog.

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  41. I do sympathize with this person. I really dont care about politics due to the fact that they're all just pretty face. I did vote once but that's for the sake of voter's ID.
    I heard of Duterte from taxi drivers before, but I don't give it that much attention. I'm think of him as just a one of those politician. Until I got here in the US a year ago and read a couple of blog and watched his video saying that it will be bloody when he runs for press. That tickled my interest and I did a little research and there's only one thing that really made me believe him; He made Davao the 9th safest city in the world! That alone convinced me that this person needs to be the Philippine's president.
    Common' people there's like 200 million plus cities all over the world! And having Davao on the 9th sit... You gotta be kidding me!? That's one hell'a of an accomplishment provided that the city is located in one of the worlds nation with shittiest and fucked up government... Philippines.
    Based on the current situation. I can foretell what's the future gonna be when they attempted to cheat this upcoming election; The people of the nation (Civilian, MILF, NPA, MNLF) will unite and it will be bloody... indeed.

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  42. last April 5 2016, i went to Dumaguete with my 2 daughters riding on my motorcycle under d heat of the sun. Dgte is 109 kms away from our place but we don't felt tired MAKITA LANG NAMIN ANG TAONG NAIIBA SA LAHAT...SI DUTERTE, at yon tuwang-tuwa kami kasama amg libu-libong mga supporters na naghintay sa kanya. NAKAKATUWA, NAKAKA-IYAK, DEFFFIRENT EMOTIONS ANG NAGHARI..DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT....IKAW ANG AMINGPAG-ASA, IKAW ANG PAG-ASA NG ATING BAYAN.

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  43. Goosebumps.. I shed tears when I read this.. Alam mo yung pag nagbabasa ka pinipigilan mo yung iyak mo? And I was reading it out loud.. Like you I do not like politics and I only talk about it with the closest of friends.. Like you I do not like crowds, its not that I hate it, I just find it a hassle.. But ever since I came here to Davao from Souther Leyte.. I felt as if I was living in a different world.. Matagal na akong naniniwala kay Duterte, even before.. I've always supported him but not openly.. And I feel guilty for not doing that.. I feel guilty because pinairal ko ang aking pagka tamad and never really registered as a voter (I never voted in my life).. So I am unable to vote for him.. But there is one thing I can do though.. That is to come out of my shell and give my all out support to him fully..

    Your article Miss Sarah, lit the fire in me.. This gave me the nudge that I needed.. So thank you for writing this.. Tama ka.. Change has already begun.. and I hope and pray that we as a people will be able to continue this change..

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  44. this made me cry.

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  45. Thank you for writing this. Is time for bloggers like you to stand up and be active in terms of Politics, like you I detest, but since I come to know Mr. Duterte my heart beats to serve my country. I even thinking of moving to Davao, I even thinking of wanting to become a police and serve his Administration or work on PSG hehe. a lot of things to say but I end it by saying Well done! Cheers

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  46. Ang mga du30 haters kay nagclick ani dayun na.disappoint. XD #DU30 #ParaSaPagbabago

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  47. I saw the title of this article on my daughter's page, and i LOL particularly because of the the last part of the title but I knew it was going to be good (bec otherwise my daughter would not have shared it) and boy, was i right! Like the other comments above, this made me teary eyed, and as I was reading it out loud to my husband, i could hardly contain the tears... I now don't wonder how you got that A in your essay when you were a sophomore! You are an excellent writer! You have expressed yourself in the most natural way that most can identify with. I know that many will be inspired after they read this and for those who are undecided or who do not see what we see, I pray this would truly allow them to reconsider their choices (or apathy) and think of the future of our beloved Philippines. "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn" Proverbs 29:2 (kjv)

    P.S. I don't know if my name would come out.... i have a feeling it would come out anonymous... so sorry, i don't know how to make it otherwise. :(

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  48. Words are powerful. When written with heart and passion, it talks to your soul. And you read and read and read yourself. Thank you for a wonderful written article. Thank you that I can share your mind to more people. Thank you Sarah. Z

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  49. agay. naigo pod ko da. as if there's that pointed object that pierced my Filipino heart. your story definitely touches the heartstrings of fellow citizens filled with negativities and indifference from tae-filled governance. go go go gurl. kudos!

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  50. CLAP CLAP CLAP! This is already going viral, I have shared this in FB and already got more than 100 likes in a few minutes and several shares already. What you have written is very moving. I can feel the angst while reading this. Thank you for putting into words what most of us na "walang pake in politics" would really want to say out loud. True, it is that kind of read that will give goosebumps to anyone who wants change. Thank you!

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  51. nainggit pa rin ako sayo kasi di ka man pinapawisan that night while tagaktak na ang pawis namin nina mare ria.

    naluha ako sa blog mo sarah... mula sa puso talaga! pagtulungan nating mangyari ang pagbabago sa Mayo.

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  52. Mataba ang utak at ang puso ng nagsulat nito. Inggit ako sa english. Simula na ng pagbabago, ipagpatuloy na natin ito!

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  53. nice blog. enjoyed every single words in it :)

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  54. duterte is the newest hero of the modern days...
    Godspeed!!!!

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  55. Sar, nagulat ako ng lumabas yung blog mo sa feed ng kaibigan ko. Viral ka na. Proud of you. Proud PK. Para sa tunay na pagbabago... GB.

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  56. Nako madamme, kung di lang may pusang tulog sa lap ko tumayo nako para mag standing ovation sa post mo na 'to. Nadale mo ng bull's eye 'yung mga bagay na sana makita ng mga boboto sa Mayo. More than anything else, Digong gave us hope na pwede nating hawakan. True, hindi s'ya perfect pero - who is anyway? He's heart is in the right place and he is definitely the leader we need.

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  57. Same feels ... i never really wanted him to run..coz knowing the people in imperial Manila konting mali lang rally dito rally doon. And like a daughter who loves her father so much i don't want that to happen to Mayor as well. And i don't want them to experi3nce what we have here in Davao..am i selfish?definitely.. but then i realized i'm not just a citizen of Davao City but of Philippines as well. So I guess we're all in this together..

    Let me share this blog ha.. Godbless

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  58. tumindig ang balahibo ko habang binabasa ko ito.very nice piece.shared for everyone to read.

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  59. just be careful what you wish for

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  60. Most of us really care less about the politics. 'Coz you are right, it's just full of sh*t. I really do hope that people won't waste their vote on somebody else than Duterte. Thanks for your thoughts. Keep sharing. :)

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  61. Wow nice... experience is a way of life.. ur'e writing makes me cry.. #godu30

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  62. I was moved to tears. I have finally decided. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  63. I usually read,like and shared, but this article is one of a kind..God bless you.
    I qoute "With the clamor for Duterte to be the next leader of the Philippines, hope was given to the millions of people oppressed far longer than we could imagine by the modern-day tyrants disguised as our public servants"
    Very much agreed.

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  64. Hi, just curious po... nakapag-register ka ba? Baka naman kc hindi... sayang. Not a fan of Duterte pero if xa mananalo, okay lang din naman... :)

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  65. One of the best essays I've ever read. Kudos! =)

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  66. This is too beautiful it's hair-raising. I am moved and in tears. Your message is very real. Kudos to you writer!

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  67. Shared. Two thumbs up for this well-written article. Change indeed has begun!

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  68. nakita ko ito sa isang duterte group. taka ako bakit andaming naglike at nagshare e ang bantot naman nung title. siyempre, dahil hunghang ako (pero di kasing hunghang nung mga nagcocomment na di nagbabasa) binuksan ko.

    sana hindi ko na lang binasa dahil na offend ako. hindi lang isa kung di dalawang beses. una, parang nainvade ang aking privacy. parang bigla-bigla ka na lang pumasok sa utak ko at sinulat mo lahat ng iniisip ko (o dabawenyo pud ko). pangalawa, hayop yung english mo. taba ng utak nito.

    ang ganda, nakakatawa, nakakaiyak. at kahit na mahaba, di ko namalayang natapos ko na pala.

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  69. How many Binay, Roxas, or Poe articles were written that is heartfelt? None! Your blog is so real, it is felt by everyone who wants change. Keep it up and write more Sarah.

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  70. parang pinakyu mo ako sa mukha iha.im a davaoeño jobless sa ngaun pro wala man lng akong naitulong pra sa kampanya ni mayor. for sure ducay ko.

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