A veteran lawyer on Friday expressed hopes that voters will evaluate candidates running for various posts so that only those who will truly serve the people will be elected.
Alexander Lacson, in his lecture at The Manila Times College’s F. Sionil Jose Lecture Series, said the Philippines badly needs leaders who are “servant leaders.”
These leaders, he added, generate ideas and act for the exclusive interest of Filipinos and the country, not for their personal interests.
Lacson said the country’s political system will change if those elected to public posts are “servant leaders.”
The country’s political system, he added, is deeply rooted in what he described as the “worse form of political dynasty.”
Lacson said that his group called Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership (PMTL) is encouraging voters to adopt the group’s election guide called “GabayKristo” that contains 20 questions that will effectively guide voters in choosing their candidates.
Through these questions, he added, the guide will help voters evaluate candidates from the national to the local levels.
Lacson said voters should also be aware of the real political and economic situation so that they can make better choices.
In his lecture entitled “Our country’s situation: Media’s role,” he noted that media plays a big role in exposing the truth.
Lacson said stories published in newspapers should be written in a simple style so that the readers, especially the masses, can easily understand the message.
For a long time a columnist and publisher of his own paper, he pointed out that journalists should use terms or words that are easy to understand.
“Present [the stories]in simple way so that the people will understand them,” Lacson told his audience composed of students from various schools.
He explained that stories that appear in media should be truthful about the country’s economic and political situation so that business and political leaders and the citizens can think and decide on solutions to big problems facing the country.