Aiming for a clean and honest election is what urged me to join "Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula". Yes! This is my first time to vote on National and Local Elections- a first voter indeed.
According to my source, Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo (BMPM) began in 2005. It aims the power of citizenry and to push greater transparency during election period. It is a platform that allows citizen to report on electoral process held nationwide through using the cellphones and other gadgets they have to document events they think the public should know about.
Way back 29th of July 2009, 10 o' clock in the morning when I was officially registered a "Boto Patroller" in coordination of ABS-CBN Bacolod at Talisay City COMELEC. I know, its a big responsibility in joining this movement. As a matter of fact, a "boto patroller" is a Filipino citizen journalist who volunteers to watch out and report any wrongdoings done by officials, candidates or even campaign organizers to eradicate chicaneries in the 2010 National and Local Elections.
On that said event, I even feel great while having my thumb mark for my registration form as a sign that I am already a member of this movement. After that I wrote something on the board saying "We need change...A change that will bring us to peace...A change from worst to better!" Upon writing this words, I am really confident that even I am first voter, I will surely practice my right to vote and not to lose sight of the discernment why we need to vote, for we must be! Why? Because our vote is our voice and we should let our voice be heard by voting in election. Make sense.