With the elections slowly approaching, I can only anticipate for the campaigns to increase along the streets. But while we get more exposed to candidates standing on their floats, I cannot help but admit that I find this presidential elections difficult.
Not that the candidates do not have potential. Not that one candidate has a notorious run from critics but gets a widespread acclaim from the public. Not that one candidate is still in the hotseat of a long period of controversy from his presumed property. Not that one candidate gets bashed from suspected residential requirements but manages to get strong support from the masses. Not that one candidate has to hold back from ailing health but still receives a cult following from netizens. And not that the candidates intend to contribute to the country’s plethora of crass pop culture.
It is for the fact that neither of the candidates impose yet an impression of competence to lead a needing nation. The stuff I receive from the presidential candidates about their competence is the way they answer debate questions and deliver their platforms to the public. But each possess a nuisance that borders on implausibility. Not that it is a bad thing since there is no such thing as a perfect president. But every issue that are charged to these candidates or charged by the candidates just speaks a lot of our leadership strategies within the country.
I am nervous because frankly, none has yet made an impression of what leadership stance that the country needs. Well, there are but they are pretty vague, like public service feels and civil order.
While more information will be poured out from what the candidates have in store for their campaigns, the country needs more than just platforms. The Philippines needs leaders, not wish granters. This is primarily a wrong impression we incur to our candidates: that they would grant the country’s demands, as stated by their platforms. This is a big mistake to impose on our leaders. Leaders are motivators, role models and assisting hands to any group they lead. Leaders take charge of what is accountable to them and hold responsible of the progress of their area of responsibility. We need leaders, not people in administrative positions to carry the weight of the country’s progress.
I know a few people might see this. So readers, I encourage each one of you to look for the leadership stance that our candidates hold on to. These people will soon take helm of leading our places. That is why it is important to be critical of who we choose. Leadership is not a privilege. It is a duty. A duty that should be sought by the next administration. So, here is to the candidates and the voters because, whether we like it or not, we are all leaders.