MANILA, Philippines -- The Constitution guarantees the right of every Filipino of voting age to participate in elections and choose their leaders.
It is a right many take for granted.
But for persons with disabilities, it is a right most of them are deprived of because of the absence of mechanisms and facilities that will allow them to cast their votes.
Hopefully, this might change in the 2013 elections.
On Wednesday, the campaign Fully Abled Nation was launched. [See: Program makes it easier for PWDs to vote]
A three-year project of the The Asia Foundation and funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Fully Abled Nation aims to strengthen the voice of disabled persons and increase their role in nation-building.
We asked 10 PWDs at the launch about their experiences in past elections and what they hope for. Here is what they have to say: