"I say to people, if they give you money, regard it as a donation in a period of survival. This is moral Theology... When you are in the polling place you follow your conscience... You see how beautiful this advice is?" —Cardinal Sin [source]
Yes, I see how beautiful your advice is. But another member of this blog begs to differ. This post is a response to "Of Bottled Water and Vote Buying."
I will vote in the national elections for the first time this May, and follow the Cardinal's advice on vote-buying. Take the money but still vote wisely. Expect me to document on this blog my future vote-buying experience. Oh, how I love an exposé!
Before May 10, REKLAMOTION will launch a mechanism, maybe a hashtag, that will let anyone participate in documenting the big event live. So watch out for that! You may also email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) your experiences after voting. Exciting, isn't it?
Now let me make my disagreement more sensible. Our points of disagreement: (1) He says that we shouldn't take the money because, "The money is supposed to be used for the development and for the aid of millions of impoverished Filipinos and are not supposed to be squandered by candidates who are seeking to be elected in public office."
Firstly, not accepting a money offer doesn't mean that it will be alternatively "used for the development and for the aid of millions of impoverished Filipinos." Secondly, why not look at it the other way around—let the voters be the ones who take advantage of the candidates.
(2) He says, "When we take part in acts like this, we are not only selling our votes, we are also selling the soul of the country..." But as COMELEC Commissioner Jose Melo put it, "You cannot buy the votes, you can only buy the voter..." [source] It's hard to admit but I agree with the commissioner on this.
"They are fattening the livestock before the kill."
Let the candidates fatten you, just don't let them kill you. Prove that Filipinos are wiser now. Even clever! *wink*
Labor Day (side note)
May 1 is Labor Day in our country. This is another very important event that we shouldn't miss. Join The Team as we take part in the Blog Action Day for Employment on April 28 as our Labor Day contribution. Please go here to learn how you can participate too.
How about you, will you follow Cardinal Sin's advice or do you agree with Bennard? Let us hear you in the comments.
UPDATE: "When the cat is away, the mouse will play." Our opponent just updated his post to strengthen his argument, quoting the Omnibus Election Code. Well, thanks to him for leting us know about Section 261. Okay, Bennard: Come, sue me. SUE US!