A close friend who I’ve always respected for his integrity and wisdom once said “the truth always wins out.” In reality, it sometimes takes awhile for the truth to come out. In politics, truth seems more like a paradox.

Truth in politics is downright refreshing! Show me a politician who is truthful and I’ll show you someone whom people will respect. Unfortunately, they may not win the race.

The 11th Commandment for politicians seeking to be elected: speak no ill towards politicians. I’d hear this phrase every time a politician brings out something that is negative about a fellow politician.

Does this mean you are not to tell the truth about your opponent if the truth is negative? Are we to turn our heads and become ‘politically correct’ by not seeking out the truth and sharing that information with others?  If that is the case, the voters lose in the end.  Let’s not confuse false accusations with the truth.

Most of us do not have the time to spend hours researching candidates to find out who they really are, what they’re made of, what their family and history are, and what details they may have purposely omitted from their political resume.

Let’s not allow the “11th Commandment” to blindfold us.

Be open, listen, research and allow the truth to guide you.

We need to take the extra time to research candidates more carefully.  The right to vote comes with a responsibility.  When you pull the lever to vote, make sure you have done your homework.

On May 10 of this year, the Philippines may be at the most important election in its history. This is the crossroad where a future of success or failure will be defined, perhaps irreversibly.

Let’s vote based on truth for truth always wins out.