I didn’t like the assignment I got for the upcoming midterm elections.
Every three years, the office asks for volunteers to be election observers. To make the long story short, I was very surprised to find out that I have been assigned to a small city in Metro Manila, when I vividly remember putting MM on the fourth and last of my options, first being, well, (any province in) Luzon.
I won’t deny that I’m foregoing my suffrage right just to get out of town for free. But it isn’t as if we’re going on a break. More than being observers, the office made a program of sorts to at least make our being election observers mean something.
Anyway, as much as I am green with envy, I am hoping for something fruitful with my assignment which is practically 20 minutes away from where I live, if you take South Superhighway. For one, I am paired with a political officer; no offense to other officers, but I am banking on the likes of him assigned to a spot of action, regardless of the location.
In the 2004 elections, I deliberately chose Cavite with the plan of voting first (I wasn’t able to) before doing the rounds. Last month, when I submitted my intention to volunteer with my order of location preference, I thought of Palawan, Tarlac, Ilocos, La Union or Batangas (before it was declared a hotspot). Since I was out of town last week, I was the last to check my office e-mail with the
good disappointing news. I was chiding P for choosing Mindanao first but ended up getting her own city, not having the slightest inkling that I’m doomed the same way.
I’m really disappointed. Maybe in 2010 they will see that I’m worthy enough to be thrown out of the metropolis for projects like this.