Just 5 months before the 2010 Philippine elections, I remembered one of the most well known speeches in american history - the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.
Part of the Gettysburg Address, a speech which Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War in 1863 goes like this:
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.This piece of history is where my acquaintance (name withheld for privacy), a known vocal critic of government wrongdoings in the town where he lives, took a few very important lines that he hopes will not happen during the May 10 national and local elections and thereafter.
He said: I hope that whoever wins will not lead a government that will 'off' the people, 'buy' the people, and 'poor' the people.
Notice that the words in quotes are verbs. In his interpretation, 'off' means 'papatayin' or kill, buy means the exact word, and 'poor' means 'pupulubi' or drain the people's (government's) coffer.
I was laughing out loud upon hearing it from him.