THERE’s a good reason to be jolly these days despite the unending political squabbles, threats of terrorism, insurgency, drug war, plus the political lies and deceptions we see and hear this early as we get nearer to the 2019 midterm election.
But despite all of these ruckus, the country has catch up in terms of economic growth, now reportedly the fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia.
This good news has started brewing as the third year of President Duterte’s six-year term come to a close by May 2019.
And ‘tis a season again of flirting, as local hopefuls brace the scorching political climate this early, bringing false hopes, broken promises and sour dreams to the lowly electorate in every corner of the land.
This brings us to connect to a spotify favorite ‘From A Distance’ popularized by Bette Midler. The lyrics are exact reflections of our unique peculiarities as a people so obsessed with politics.
Our sincerest apology to American singer-songwriter Julie Gold who penned this meaningful song in the 80s for the revision.
From a distance, we can hear different voices trying to outdo each other, promising the moon and the stars, the good life of every man.
From a distance, the color of politics looks blue and green, yellow and even maroon, like rainbow in the open, infinite sky.
From a distance, the ocean of deceit meets the stream of promises and the eagle takes the daring flight, flying through the scattered islands thirsty of lasting peace, unity and progress.
From a distance, here is the supposed harmony as it echoes through the land, and there is a possibility of hope, a voice of peace, and the voice of every man on the street -- heard and justified throughout the land.
From a distance, we all have enough drug wars , and no one is anymore in need. No more guns, no more bombs in Marawi and diseases among the IDPs, and perhaps no more hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance, we are all instruments of peace as the world looks upon us in blue and green, in white and red -- all colors of peace and development.
From a distance, dear Uncle Sam in the person of Trump, in snow-capped mountains white garb keeps watching over us, laying songs of hope, playing songs of peace as both are the songs of every man hungry of peace in the land.
From a distance, you look like my friend even though we are at odds, in this crucial moment in the life of a nation in search for upright leaders who can deliver and make a difference.
From a distance, there is harmony as it echoes through the land. And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves and it’s the heart of every man that matters.
God is watching us --- from a distance. Merry Christmas! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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