By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney
They say education is the sure-fire way to breed wise voters, and I may have to agree with this notion to some extent.
While education gives voters some sort of sophistication and better rationale, some privileged Filipino kids or communities tend to have this intellectual elitism. They perceive themselves as “better educated.” If you are not from a prestigious school as they do, your voice and opinion will not matter to them. Their self-absorbed and self-righteous antics have so far been more of a hindrance to progress than a catalyst for positive change. It is one thing to be vigilant and another to be destructive.
I personally remember being lambasted by a fellow student at the University of the Philippines (UP) for having a contrasting political view, questioning me if I actually learned something from my Kas 1 class (a History course). Since when has taking up a certain university-level course been a basis of whether one’s idea is either right or wrong? As a matter of fact, late Senator Miriam Santiago, being a UP alumna herself, once described UP students as “mayabang (boastful) and delusional.”
Hence, being educated would not instinctively mean being informed. Educated or not, we all have to nurture the investigative mindset to remain critical of various factors that can affect our decision-making as voters.
It also does not help to exclude others on the basis of mere personal differences. We should rather engage in an open and healthy discussion. After all, we all aim to vote for candidates who can constitute a better, more effective and efficient government.