THANK God in the name of Jesus because a blessed Thursday was what I experienced on Oct. 17, 2017. That Thursday was truly blessed, as far as I was concerned, because it was permitted by Jesus our God and Savior to be a first in the Philippines. On that day, a group of Christian believers came together and launched a movement for a righteous vote in the coming elections in the country.
In the meeting at an obscure corner of a big fastfood chain in the Philippines, the believers who came agreed, right then and there, to put up an organization they christened “One Righteous Vote.”
“One Righteous Vote” envisions the gathering of all Filipinos who still desire to exercise righteousness in voting, without regard for any consideration other than the righteousness of the candidates likewise. The objective is to help safeguard the sanctity of the one vote granted to Filipino voters by the Constitution and the laws, so candidates who are truly deserving can get elected, even if they may not have any money, or are not popular in any way.
“One Righteous Vote” recognizes that at present, there is a compelling need in our country for righteous voters and righteous candidates to prevail in any election in the future. There is much at stake for everyone over a righteous official in a righteous government.
The group believes that if a voter is righteous, he or she will not sell the one single vote guaranteed to him or her by the laws, especially for a mere pittance. Instead, the righteous voter will ensure that he will elect only the righteous candidate. If the righteous are the ones voted into office, the nation is assured of righteous leadership–one that does not lie, does not cheat, does not steal at any time.
Our experience here in the Philippines for quite a long time now has shown us that unrighteous voters have always lorded it over in every election. These are the voters who sell their votes to the highest bidders, or the candidate that had been willing to pay a price higher than what his opponents have been offering. Under this system, the corrupt always found a way to win, and it is a certainty that their terms would be marked by more stealing.
But there is one big question here: are there still Filipinos who are righteous in voting? Are there still Filipinos who do not sell their votes, one way or the other? From the point of view of “One Righteous Vote”, there are still many of them. All that is needed here is for them to be “pushed” just a little by their fellow righteous voters, to encourage them to continue upholding the sanctity of their votes at all times.
This is the very reason why “One Righteous Vote” was born–to provide directions for whoever remains to be a righteous voter and, of course, continue being a righteous person in their day-to-day lives, in the four corners of the archipelago. These people must be made to understand that they must join in the fight to bring back a righteous system in government, a system that recognizes the sovereignty of God.
To those who are interested to join, or to ask further questions, about “One Righteous Vote”, they can interact with former Bulacan representative and now El Shadai spokesman Willie Buyson Villarama (0917 529 4559, and firstname.lastname@example.org), or with Pastor Jojo Gonzales of the Capitol Christian Leadership of Quezon City, Guagua, Pampanga Bishop Juan Pring, and with me.