It’s elections season once again in De La Salle University. This is definitely one of the unique things that Lasallians can be proud of. Every year, you can expect good platforms, exciting campaigns, competitive supporters and inspiring candidates from BOTH Tapat and Santugon. I am particularly proud, however, of the way the two rival parties seem to really bring out the best in their candidates. I should know, because one of them brought out the best in me. 🙂
I won’t make myself the point of this entry though. I’ve enjoyed two elections and two years to serve. Laos na ako guys!! While candidates in yellows and orange were running from room to room for their campaigns, I was running in my (regretful) wedges trying to get our thesis approved for an oral defense.
As much as I want to be a “normal student”, however, Lord knows I’ll never run out of blue and yellow outfits to wear. I’ll always force a few minutes of my time to introduce my best bets and your best bets for the Student Government. And I’ll always have better reasons as to why people should vote for Santugon. (No point in trying to conceal that anymore, because..)
In this entry, I will tell you my personal reasons as to why the students are ready for a DERECHO Executive Board. And don’t worry, I will avoid being redundant to the point of annoying. I will only include personal insights that I’ve never said before.
I’ve been trying to do person-to-person campaigns, and from talking to the real “normal students”, I’ve gathered a few of their common concerns:
1. What’s the difference between the platforms of Tapat and Santugon?
So evidently, platforms are important to the students. And this year, the platforms are distinct and clear. I’m glad that both reflect the principles of the respective parties. I remember joining Santugon in my frosh year because it believes in individuality, in developing from micro to macro. That is why this year’s campaign is all about putting the students first. Santugon is all about identifying root causes of repetitive issues and giving them achievable and sustainable SOLUTIONS. I understand, however, where Tapat is coming from. And I can see that it is strongly based on their belief that Lasallians can start a revolutionary change in society. More than being Lasallians, Tapat wants us to realize that we are citizens first. And finally, achieving that concept is not that vague anymore. I think they did a good job in pointing out the first step – to take a closer look, to ask.
So if you’re a normal student trying to choose between the platforms, ASK yourselves – ano nga ba ang mas POSIBLE?
2. What have the candidates done in the past, and what are they planning to do next year?
These questions are answerable by the speeches, posters and the specific/general plans of action of both parties. I’m glad that the students consider past achievements as a basis for their vote. But I hope they also understand that a candidate’s credentials do not just say WHAT HE DID, but also HOW and WHY he did it. If his achievements took a lot of skill, time and effort, he must be PASSIONATE about his work. If it required the respect and cooperation from his subordinates and co-workers, I can say that he’s a true LEADER with a sense of command and direction. If it was written in the SPOA the previous year, surely he must be a person of his word.
So if you think about it, your credentials don’t just say WHAT YOU DID. In the end, it will also show WHO YOU ARE.
3. What other important things should I consider when voting?
HAHA just kidding. Not one person asked me this. But I wish people considered the following criteria too:
Do people like to work with that person? Will his fellow elected officers respect him? Are his/her work ethics admirable? Will that person know what to do the moment he gets elected? Does he have experience to base his future actions on? Did he already have mistakes in the past that he can learn from?
Because if they did, Santugon will surely sweep the Executive Board. 🙂
Anyway, in a week’s time, all this will be over. Victors will be named. Everyone can go back to their normal beds and normal classes. I really hope the students see that they are very lucky to have this kind of politics in the university. I can only imagine it being this sensible in the national level as well. 🙂