Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Protesters and Militant Groups
Today, July 28, 2014, President Noynoy Aquino gave his fifth state of the nation address to the Republic of the Philippines.

He outlined major improvements for the past 5 years of his administration and emotionally encouraged all the Filipino people to continue to fight for change and to elect leaders who support the same cause as his.

I am not the type of person who comments on any political activity or event. Politics is certainly the last thing I would really want to talk to about. But, one thing that really annoys me is the fact that we do not run out of protesters and militant groups in this country.

It's an old and dirty tradition that involves innocent children and people who would do anything for money.

I do not know how it goes with other countries. (I'm not into politics as I mentioned earlier). But, in the Philippines this seems to be a regular and exaggerated activity.

People go out there and express their opposition in the streets. They go loud, bold and get into some fighting.

I don't really get it.

While it's true and I understand that any leader cannot please everybody, why do we have to show our opposition this way?

Can we not do something that makes a positive difference? Why can they not volunteer for a good cause instead of focusing on all the faults and shortcomings of our government?

Based on what I hear on interviews, some of these people just felt that the government was not able to address their needs. Well, hello? There are officially 100 million Filipinos as of this writing. It's selfish to think that the government would immediately address each and every single one of your needs.

I guess I made my point already. It's just that as a leader myself, I know that it is quite hard to move forward when you have all these fault finders and unnecessary opposition.

Our current administration may not be perfect. But, for once maybe we could just give our all out support for every good cause they have out there.

If we can't do that, stop all the unnecessary protests. Create your own change. You are more likely to make a difference that way than shouting and fighting in the streets.

Image via thepinoyweekly.com

Carlo Borja is the Head of Online Marketing for Time Doctor, a time tracking software for remote teams. He is a full-time telecommuter, a digital nomad and a coffee junkie.

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