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DEMOCRACY
Everyday, we the young leaders see the symbol of Filipino freedom
and liberty. This is it, our Filipino flag whi...
Two years ago, the whole country was shaken and horrified by the
bloodbath in Maguindanao, which was treated the same way ...
democracy? It is TRUTH. It is which you search, and keep on seeking until
you can give what is due to others. And what sho...
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Oration on democracy

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DEMOCRACY

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Oration on democracy

  1. 1. DEMOCRACY Everyday, we the young leaders see the symbol of Filipino freedom and liberty. This is it, our Filipino flag which was first waved and raised by Emilio Aguinaldo in its glory, respect and dignity. Good morning honorable judges, visitors and friends. If we merely look at the flag, it is just a simple piece of cloth; but… this flag brings back historical memories of our great leaders who fought for our own democracy. I stand in sincerity, raised beyond inspiration, deeply touched to address to this gathering and share with you my thoughts on what the status of democracy in our country today is facing, what antagonistic forces yoke it, and how we, the youth can bravely speak for to save it from its doom. DEMOCRACY. I say it as a word that confuses me. Yes, we perceive it. Yes, we hear people talk about it. We often say things about it. But, can we feel it? Do we even really know what it means? Let us use these next few minutes to reflect and ponder on this word “democracy”. Hear me out. In a democracy, citizens behave lawfully while doing what they like without fear of prying eyes. A democracy is more than just a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. Friends, democracy is a compelling force. It is a strong word that when we hear people talk about it, it rings a hundred bells in our minds. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about it. Abraham Lincoln wrote about it. But where? At the back of an envelope. Lapu-lapu can’t even say or spell it, but he fought for it!! It is true that the fight is going on. There are more struggles that shaken our democratic society. The rampant killings, gruesome crimes committed by extremist groups, as well as the incidences of violence in our society. We are not free since we are afraid of what will happen to us most especially if we are not within the confines of our homes. It is true that the professional syndicates engaged in illegal drug trafficking, smuggling, carnapping and economic fraud are still in their heights as reported in any form of media. Yes, the government is taking aggressive and concerted efforts toward the equilibrium of society, but they will never succeed if we, the civilians, where the sovereignty of the government resides, pose idle and indifferent. We must be vigilant and cooperative in the pursuit of democratic stability.
  2. 2. Two years ago, the whole country was shaken and horrified by the bloodbath in Maguindanao, which was treated the same way as Marcos did 52 years ago. The vote buying scheme and political dynasties are predominant in various provinces. Think about it, in our country’s situation, we need a dedicated leader to serve our country. Do you remember his words, “Kayo ang boss ko”. It was the famous line our president Benigno Simeon Aquino said. And a line which inculcates a servant leader’s dedication to give his best for the development of our country. For me, has done 65% of the crisis in our society. But he should add to his agenda the turtles in Palawan, the kids in the public schools should be provided with more books and chairs, as well as competent teachers. Our president has to be vigilant in the RH Bill which is said to be “preventive not abortive”. But that is not the only way to lessen the rapid increase of population in the Philippines. There is another way, a more effective way; education. As what Ma. Venus Raj said, “If we want five years of prosperity, let us plant corn. If we want ten years of prosperity, let us plant trees. But if we want one hundred years of prosperity, let us educate men.” I firmly believe that education is the first step to achieving success in our country and for democracy to prevail. As a young leader of tomorrow, I challenge the youth to defy all these tests! The last thing we can do is to think that restoring our ailing democratic system is MISSION POSSIBLE. We must stand as a pillar where everyone lays his foundation on. Let us bear in mind what Dr. Jose P. Rizal said, “The youth is the hope of the nation.” We must be the strongest force of our country because in us lies the hope for tomorrow. Let us unite as one empowered force that will continue showing concern for all the tragic events in our society- doing the best that we can to save our younger brothers and sisters by modeling to them the true meaning of responsibility, respect and dignity of the Filipino race. Let us always remember to live by our strong faith in God, for he is the ultimate source of our strength and meaningful life. We are Filipinos. Therefore, you are listening to a Filipino voice addressing to you with a heart of the Orient. This isn’t what our ancestors and great heroes fought for a long time ago for us. We deserve more than this to live in a democratic country wherein our mothers first heard our cry. We weren’t born to be oppressed. Then, we must refuse to be oppressed. Ladies and gentle men, what should the people in a democracy experience? It is JUSTICE. And what is JUSTICE? It is to render to each man what is his due. And what value should JUSTICE be coupled to attain
  3. 3. democracy? It is TRUTH. It is which you search, and keep on seeking until you can give what is due to others. And what should prevail in a democracy? It is LAW. It is the instrument by which you search and have been longing so that you may give what is due to others. Now, you have reflected that the symbol of our democracy is ---- that flag. Is it not also the symbol of our democracy? I pause for a reply... Crafted by: JAYSON S. DIGAMON JOSELITA M. CANIOS Delivered by: BEULAH ALANAH ESPIRITU

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