The first automated voting in the Philippines seemed to be a great success. Never has it been in decades that we experienced elections that go smoothly with less violence and cheating. Although there are still some pockets of sore loser's who still insist that widespread fraud in the system happened during elections. Eventually this claims will just fade away in time because most Filipinos feel that this election was a complete success and the candidate that the majority voted for the highest position in the country won.
When I was in the Philippines last month I kinda knew that Sen. Aquino will have a landslide victory. Its not that I support him because I wanted Gordon to win. When you drive around Manila and CALABARZON you can see the support of many for the Senator. I am not a strong admirer of Noynoy Aquino but I am happy he won because it just shows the Philippine democracy at work and it is not a fixed election just like the last time. The Aquino's has a long history in the Philippine government an yet not one has pushed the country forward. It is in Filipino culture that we continue to vote for sons and daughters of previous Senators, Mayors and even Presidents. Which when you think about it just continues on the cycles of corruption and poverty in the country. It is seems like a strange twist of fate this time that the son of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos is in the senate while the Son of the late Sen. Benigno Aquino is in Malcañang.
I hope Pres. Noynoy Aquino proves me wrong. If he is what he claims to be "the man that will bring change" I will support him 100%. The Philippines is now flanked by nations with robust economies such as China, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. The south east region is starting to become an economic power house with Indonesia,Thailand and Vietnam starting to catch up with our developed neighbors. The Philippines have a lot of potential as many say and with the right leadership will rise to be a 1st class nation. I just hope that Noynoy Aquino is the right man for the job to pull as all together towards success.