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Filipino-Americans in the 2008 U.S. Elections

United States of America –

A lot of Filipinos celebrated with America the election of Barack Obama as first African-American U.S. president. It is but fitting that we too honor the victories of Filipino-Americans in the recent U.S. elections.

Ohio state senior Sen. Stephen C. Austria was elected to the US Congress representing the seventh district of Ohio and congressman Robert “Bobby” C. Scott won in Virginia’s third District. Stephen is the eldest son of late Dr. Clement Austria of Tiaong, Quezon and Bobby’s maternal grandfather is Filipino Valentin Cortez Hamlin. Meanwhile, another Filipino-American Cheryl Moss was also victorious in her re-election bid and will be serving another six-year term as district judge of District 8, Family Division, Department I of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The triumphs of these individuals are definite proofs of the genuine skill of Filipinos to excel in any field we set are minds into. But it may also serve as a startling realization that no matter how politically and/or economically brilliant our present leaders are, our country is far from trouncing the many ills of society due to the generally egotistic and avaricious mindset of Philippine politicians who think of protecting self-interest and bloating their bank accounts over national interest.

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