What's the most valuable lesson you've gained from your Father?
When I've watched the controversial interview about former Senator Bongbong Marcos, it flashed back the memories I had with my Father whom I look up as a great leader and provider in our family. He's not only a good Father to us, but his love and purpose extends to the people in our community.
To be in public service is a great privilege to influence and make a lasting impact to the people. It's about exerting energy and great effort to look after the welfare of the people and the community above Self.
I remember in 1998 when my Father decided to be in public service as a Municipal councilor. I just graduated in Elementary back then and was overwhelmed about the world of politics. We were informed by my Father regarding his plans and wanted to hear our opinions. I strongly opposed and perhaps it was unanimous among my siblings. His calling to serve our community didn't hinder him to run in a public office. Later on we're convinced and we gave our full support on him. He won a seat in the Municipal Council and that was the start of his political service.
He ran for the second term as Municipal Councilor and won in 2001 and his third term in 2004. For nine consecutive years, (1998 - 2007) my Father dedicated his life to improve the welfare of his constituents through public service.
During those years, my Father taught me to have a fighting spirit. To have the perseverance and the will to follow your calling and dreams. Those were the virtues which I may be lacking. I had fears and doubts although I believe that I have a little confidence.
It was him who pushed me forward and leave my fears behind when he convinced me to follow his path when I ran as a Municipal Youth Council President in our hometown. At first it was against my will since I didn't have enough confidence to face the people and the responsibilities of the position. However, I trusted him to be there to guide me. I won and had a seat in the Municipal Council for five years from 2002 - 2007. During those years, I saw how my Father performed and served well in the Council. That moment, I thank him for believing in me and pushing me beyond my limits. He took away my doubts and fears and let me soar high.
In 2016, my Father made a comeback in public service after nine years. He wasn't inactive since he hold a position as Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) President from 2014 - 2016. He ran again for Municipal Councilor and he won. I was not in favor of his comeback since I would want to see him live a more simple life away from the politics. He was unstoppable and full of energy. His passion and support of the people motivated him to serve. He listened and didn't turn them down. When it's the people who calls you to be a leader and a servant, there's an overflowing love and trust and you just follow their call.
In 2019 until the present, he's still serving as a Municipal Councilor and is overcoming several challenges. He fought hard on what he believed is right and for the greater good of the community. He stood up and speak his mind on controversial issues confronting our community. He showed will-power to get things done and to achieve more for the progress of the community.
I learned from my Father to never give up and never to surrender when you're right. Always speak up and believe in yourself. When it comes to public service, you can always choose to serve even if not holding an office. Always look back and give back. And when people are there to give support and express love, it means you're on the right track and you've done a good job.
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