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    The Philippines held its very first automated presidential election in year 2010. It can be said that year 2010 was the year when the Philippines held national elections through automated means for the very first time. This year 2013 the Philippines held its synchronized national elections through automated means for the 2nd time. It means that the Philippines won't return back to the "manual means of voting and counting election-returns". In year 2010 I was ecstatic that I participated in the first ever automated system of national polls here in the Philippines. That was some kind of a 'revolution' since the Filipinos were used to the 'manual system of voting' before year 2010. I'm proud that I was able to participate in the "revolutionary elections" of year 2010 here in the Philippines.

    This time around, I participated in this year's automated polls because of the issues involved. This year's midterm elections can be considered as a 'referendum' on the RH Bill. The candidates of the administration support the enforcement of the RH Bill, while opposition candidates want to repeal the said law. RH Bill is a law that enables Filipino women to have access on reproductive healthcare system and the opportunity to space their would-be pregnancies. The bill also gives Filipino women the right to decide on how many children they would like to bear and be given proper medical attention by state agencies during their pregnancies. Since I'm in favor of RH Bill, I voted for the candidates of the administration who are running for seats in both senate and congress.

    However, such issues like global warming, flooding, decent housing for the poor, affordable education and universal healthcare were not given enough attention by almost all of those who are running for seats in congress and senate. Still, Filipino voters lined up to cast their votes in order to make sure that their power to vote will somehow bring into office the candidates that they think will produce social reforms and bring in social justice. The candidates of the administration party, the Liberal Party, vowed to formulate reforms that will bring in social justice and economic prosperity for all Filipinos. The candidates of the main opposition party, the United Nationalist Alliance, promised to address the roots of the socio-political problems that beset many low-income families in the country. I voted because I believe that the right to vote gives me the privilege to choose the leaders whom I want to serve as sincere public servants.

    (NOTE: The pictures in this iReport were taken from Adelina 1 Subdivision, San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines.)
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