Why do people like Martin Bautista, accomplished in his own chosen profession as a gastroenterologist doctor, his wife also a doctor specializing in pulmonology and both well established in the
As I read further on Martin Bautista I just can’t help but get awed at a man who has a plan and mission in life. While a huge number of Filipinos wanted out, he went in, family in tow. Intriguing as this sounds, I just have to find out what exactly it is that drives him to go “against the flow”. While many of us see the retrogression in the
He could have taken the easy path; enjoying their material success in the bible belt of
Ok, so why chose a party with no budget? Why not go with the loaded traditional parties that can ensure his victory legitimately or otherwise? Well, that is if he is like the recycled politicians who sees politics as a compromise, it does not have to be if you want genuine reform. You cannot change the system you despise if you become the very person like those who brought us to this muck and degradation. It was clear he is aware of that predicament and his decision to run under Kapatiran, which adheres to a strict code of ethics and party platform, is the natural choice.
The quote below validates the stand of Concerned Overseas Filipinos, who came up with an Open Letter on the Debate addressed to the senatorial candidates and sponsors that never got materialized. These senatoriables are so picky, while Ang kapatiran and their 3 candidates barely get any attention:
This statement below truly speaks volumes on how he see the intrinsic goodness of Filipinos when transplanted in an orderly less corrupt society are basically hard working good citizens who follows the rules and are socially responsible. Unlike self absorbed cowards or ignoramuses believing in the defective Filipino DNA myth of old he dares say otherwise. While others hide their head in the sand he confronts the problem head on clearly pointing out the trapos who are the real cause and the ones responsible in our retrogression. Overseas Filipinos should take a hard look at this man on how he sees our sector, a true leader respecting his people as against pseudo-leaders who disdain and see their followers as inferiors dumb enough not to see their corrupt leadership:
Indeed a statement like that truly endears him to us because it is a different statement from those we often hear from the whining Overseas Filipinos, who were born to complain and lament about everything wrong, even about their own failures to our “Filipino mindset,” thinking it will make them feel better or superior. Totally opposite from that lady that cheats…errr…has a seat by the
His view on politics is remarkable, very positive and on the right track for a man who is determined to make a difference, here is an excerpt from his blog:
I have long ago lost faith in our electoral process and the kind of leaders that gets elected in a contest that is so fraudulent prone. We have experienced 2 edsa peaceful “uprising" deposing 2 presidents only to get dismayed and disappointed at the new leadership. Both of these leaders the people installed had one thing in common; they somehow distanced themselves from the very people that catapulted them to their unexpected rise to power. They came from the minority ruling eltite who as Martin described are old familiar names that has failed us. This election is once again dominated by the same familiar names products of the same old family names spending millions if not billions of peso to get elected, to do what exactly may I dare ask?
Martin Bautista unlike these “leaders” see the need of partnering with the people unfortunately a great many just don’t seem to get it. They want change but they can’t let go of the past personality type contest insisting on a campaign that typifies a personality based contest.
He needs vigilant supporters who will keep him on track because, in an environment where endemic corruption has become the norm, the possibility of falling out is enormous. Martin is up to the challenge and this is his decision (which is years in the making). The question is, are we up to it or do we prefer to whine and lament in desperation with our senseless excuses while relegating ourselves as the biggest losers in Asia as our neighbors progressively adapt and flourish in the new global reality? While we see so much posturing (feeling like and even comparing themselves to Jose Rizal and the propagandistas in their forced exile) among aspiring leaders in the Overseas Filipino community no one dared or has the guts to do what Martin is doing. He went home to challenge the trapos with all their might armed only with infectious idealism, nationalism, and honesty with sincerity and integrity to boot, how can you not support and follow this man in his journey for a better Philippines.
Cyber Istambay received an email from Martin Bautista thanking this urot…errr…wanna be author in his response to my latest entry titled “Bautista Battles Trapos in ’07 Philippine Election which I reprint below:
I wanted to reply in private and acknowledge his appreciation. But to do this without sharing my thoughts in public does not do justice to his noble leadership in showing us that there is still hope in our motherland.
I have not personally met Martin, his wife Sylvia and their wonderful children but from what I am seeing, along with the very positive feedback I get, Martin and his family truly deserves more than just a vote of confidence.
I am not a very religious person and I can count all the times I have prayed but this time around, I am not only praying for Martin but praying for our people to make a difference in our nation hoping they see the logic, impact and what it meant for our numbing decades of apathy to exuberance in wanting to be part of this historic electoral exercise.
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