RUSSIA — 500 more Filipinos working in Russia were added to the list of overseas absentee voters following a series of voters registration held in Moscow. An on-site registration is also being held in Yerevan, Armenia.
Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta attributes the increase in registrants to rising population of Filipinos in the country, among other factors.
“Ang isang factor po ay dumami ho ang Filipino sa Russia. Lumaki po ang population natin dito mga Filipino, so galing sa Pilipinas at sa iba pang mga bansa tapos ang tingin ko rin nakikita ko ang mga Filipino talagang gustong magparticipate sa ating political process,” said Ambassador Sorreta.
(One factor is the rising population of Filipinos in Russia. I can also see how much the Filipinos want to participate in the political process.)
Earl Lynne Divinagracia, a Filipino migrant worker who just started working in Russia, is looking forward to the election.
“Ito ay mahalaga para mapalitan na yung mga naka upo sa pwesto na walang ginagawa (It is very important. It’s time to remove incumbent senators who are slacking off ,” Divinagracia said.
Overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Jenette Durante was unable to participate in past elections but this time she is ensuring that her vote will be counted.
“Narealize ko po na mahalaga po pala ang boto ko at makakapili po ako nang tamang kandidato para po sa ating bayan ( I realized how valuable my vote is and my right to choose the right people for our nation),”
The Philippine Embassy also reported that in 2016, nearly 3,000 OFW voters registered in Russia with 37 percent or 1,078 voters turnout.
According to Jeffrey Valdez, vice consul at the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, there are an estimated 8,000 OFWs in Russia and 80-85 percent of them are women.
Embassy officials also underscored the importance of the privilege to participate in the political process.
“Ang ating bayan ay isang demokratikong bayan na ang power po ng ating mga leaders ay nanggagaling po sa mga mamamayan po natin. So napakaimportante po na sumali po tayo sa pagpili sa mga taong magdedecide at maglead po sa atin into the future po,” said Sorreta.
(Our country is a democracy and the power of our leaders rests upon the people. This is why its very important to participate in the selection of our future leaders.)
Filipino voters in Russia only have until Sunday, September 30 from 12 to 4 in the afternoon to register for the 2019 mid-term elections. — Catherine Martinez |UNTV News & Rescue, Russia