Who do you want your children to model their lives on? Would the candidate that you plan to vote for be a good role model for your children? Do you want your children to mold their morality and values after his/her morality and values?
The last few months (or longer) we have been barraged with the PDAF scandals, graft and corruption issues in so many areas of government and NGOs. Contrary to popular opinion that engages in character bashing, I believe that it is not just the upper levels of society that must be blamed. Remember, my friends, that every society begins with the family and that family’s values, morals and member role models.
During the 1970 campaign for ConCon, my husband, Jun, a candidate of District 1, was often asked for money for tuba or cigarettes, and to join in the men’s drinking sessions. He always replied, “I want to serve as an example for your children so please don’t let me drink or smoke with you.” Then he would have a heart-to-heart talk with them about providing good role models for the future generation. Some listened, some didn’t; some thought about what he said, others just laughed at his “youthful innocence”.
Young boys idolize their fathers, their uncles, or elder brothers; young girls want to grow up to be like their mother, their aunties, or older sisters. Or, they look outside the family to community leaders, to T.V. personalities, to movie characters. As a reality check, I often ask myself: What do I want my children and grandchildren to learn from me? Am I a good role model for them? The fact is that the youth of today are the future leaders of tomorrow.
Barangay elections are tomorrow. We will be electing those people who are going to serve in our respective communities as role models. Proper discernment and careful selection of candidates who can be true leaders and role models for our children is a primary necessity at this time.
In a previous election the BCBP’s advocacy in coordination with COMELEC was “BUMOTO NG TAPAT, BUMOTO NG NARARAPAT. Their banners asked voters to discern candidates based on the following criteria:
Iboto ang Maka-Diyos: May moral na batayan ang bawat kilos at gawa.
Iboto ang Makabayan: Kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino ang saloobin.
Iboto ang Marunong: Bihasa sa pamamahala.
Iboto ang Masipag: Handang igugol ang pagod at panahon sa pag-ganap sa tungkulin.
Iboto ang Marangal: Di nasisilaw sa salapi, matapang na lumalaban sa katiwalian.