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Politicians and the Campaign Season

I went on a brief vacation to Mindanao last month, and I was lucky enough to be asked to tag along on three missions while I was there. My team has taken a brief hiatus, and I have been missing the field. So imagine my delight when I was asked to serve…

The thing about being “invited to missions” is that you sort of become a part of the purpose they wish to serve–whatever it is. But it’s okay, I always tell myself that I’m there for the people–not for the organizers.

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The Mission Life: Serving in the Red Area

Mission Life Entry #3. Saturday, 23rd of September 2017. Daraga, Albay.

4:00am. My alarm sounded and my mind and body weren’t ready to function yet. The room is pitch dark and my teammates are still asleep. I snoozed the alarm–and bought myself 30 more minutes.

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Dear PDiggy: It’s You Against the World

Despite your high 91% trust rating, the 16 million electoral mandate, the Congress super majority, and the continued support you get from people like myself–I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry because despite the number of people who believe in you, you are battling this on your own.

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Elections 2016: On Voting Duterte for Change

Tuesday morning, May 10 2016, I woke up and realized I fell asleep sometime after 12 midnight and it felt good.

The Rabid Campaign

I didn’t sleep well for weeks, just following news and reading articles (good and bad), following the campaign of all the candidates. On an average, I’d doze off between 3-4 am, when I’m truly exhausted and then wake up at 7 am to get ready for work. A friend joked: “Campaign manager ka ba ni Duterte?” (Are you the campaign manager of Duterte?) And you know what, there were times when I felt like I was part of the actual campaign and I had to keep in touch with the goings on. I had countless chat rooms on FB and Viber that were either transformed to election threads or were formed for the elections. I talked elections with friends, colleagues and patients. Inasmuch as I could, however, I kept my Facebook (and other social media pages) hate-free. (emphasis on: inasmuch as I could), so I kept the heated discussions private.

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