What if remittances were tied to voter responsibility at home?

With the 2013 Philippine general election on May 13, I am compelled to post this. Since we are all sick and tired of our incompetent political leaders in the Philippines, let’s hit them where it hurts — at the polls and in the new media.

We — Filipinos in the diaspora — can influence national elections in the Philippines through our endorsement and financial support, like a virtual, global Political Action Committee. Below are some of ideas on how to do this between you and your relatives. Feel free to share this widely.

Strategy to impact voter behavior at the polls

1) We place a condition to our monthly remittance/random gifts that our relatives in the Philippines vote responsibly and regularly every election.

2) We place a condition to our monthly remittance/random gifts that even if our relatives refuse to value their right to vote, that they should respect our right to have our voices heard ‘in absentia’. Therefore, every election, they cast a vote on our behalf, if and only if they don’t want to cast a vote for themselves.

Strategy to impact voter education

1) Use email, phone calls, text mail, snail mail to relatives as opportunities to communicate our views about the state of Philippine leadership and governance.

2) Use youtube and feudart.com for video blogs documenting the ways in which our elected leaders are not serving, not solving real problems, and not promoting the public’s welfare.

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