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    How Much Was Your Vote Worth This Election?

    For Tutubi, it's about P560 :P

    That's the amount he spent just to get home to his hometown Paete, Laguna, on election day itself, just to cast his sole vote that he expected to be drowned out by millions of ignorant voters voting for the wrong people using the wrong arguments.

    P560 is broken down to these items (How to get to Paete, Laguna):

    Taxi to Cubao from Munoz: P70.00 (P140)
    HM Transport Bus fare to Sta. Cruz, Laguna from Cubao: P148.50 (P297)
    Jeepney fare Sta. Cruz (Pagsawitan) to Paete: P24.00 (P48)
    Pancit canton at Benga's pancitan: P75.00 (good for 3 to 4 persons, highly recommended when you're in Paete)

    The sad part about Tutubi's daytrip to Paete, Laguna, a PCOS Machine Malfunction at his precinct prevented him from casting his vote and left the school at around 4pm. He doesn't have the luxury of time to wait and had to go back to Manila where Tutubi, Jr. waits for him.

    That's just one of the probably thousands of disenfranchised voters who weren't able to vote in the Philippines' first automated elections. Charge it to negative experience :(


    posted by GingGoy @ 10:43 PM,


    At May 12, 2010, 12:17:00 AM, Blogger Chyng said...

    aaww, too bad. pero saludo ako sa effort and time mo just to vote. wala talagang sayang na boto (unless chineck ang dapat ishade) hihi

    At May 12, 2010, 12:31:00 AM, Blogger Mari said...

    There were a lot of computer malfunction, so I heard. Just sad that you were not able to cast your vote.

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    At May 12, 2010, 3:40:00 PM, Blogger janet reyes said...

    I spent 1500 pesos (balikan) just to go home to bicol to cast my vote this year election..

    At May 12, 2010, 8:06:00 PM, Anonymous dodong flores said...

    Hi, Tutubi. I know how you feel especially that this election being the first automated is historical in that nature. At least you tried. My wife and I wasn't able to cast our vote for this national election which we feel so sayang.
    We were not able to register ourselves for the election because of our hectic schedule.

    At May 13, 2010, 4:19:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Oh what a wasted opportunity. I didn't see this post coming, not your usual election post.

    At May 13, 2010, 11:51:00 AM, Blogger Mason said...

    LOL... I really understand your frustration!! My partner (Richel) was also upset because she didn't get paid enough to vote!!! She missed out on thousands just becae she lived only a kilometre out of town...

    She also had to wait 2 hours to vote but one of her sisters was kept waiting 8 hours after she arrived just before lunchtime!

    Great blog, btw - salamat!!


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