Post on Filipino youth’s sentiments over the election is viral for a reason

May 16, 2019 - 11:21 AM
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Election volunteers
A student volunteer at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, an election watchdog, encodes an election return sheet at the Pope Pius Catholic Center in Manila on May 15, 2019, two days after the Philippines' midterm vote. (STAR/Edd Gumban)
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A Facebook user wrote a lengthy post on the dismay young Filipinos over the results of the midterm elections.

Facebook user Rexie Robles Tamayo shared this on May 13 and was immediately shared over 84,000 times on the platform.

 

Tamayo expressed that the youth are angry because the results of the recent elections are similar to the polls three years ago.

She said that many students and young adults chose late Miriam Defensor-Santiago during the presidential elections in 2016, while the older people or the parents voted for Rodrigo Duterte.

“Noong 2016, nangunguna sa university polls si Miriam Defensor-Santiago para sa pagka-presidente. Lahat ng lider estudyante, nakapula. Pag pumunta ka sa mga meetings, ang nasa paligid mo,mga bata. Kaedad mo. Walang rango o pedestal,” part of the post said.

“2016. 16 million ang mga magulang namin na bumoto kay Duterte,” it added.

Similarly, opposition candidates such as Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc and Neri Colmenares led pre-election surveys in  universities.

But the picks of students ran counter to results of pre-election polls conducted by Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations.

“Mga mambabatas sanang may alam sa batas. Hindi mga artista o payaso o immortal na espirito ng pangungurakot. Nag-iingay na naman ang kabataan sa social media at nakikipagdebate sa mga bulbuling bobotante na naniniwala pa ring dapat iboto si Bong at Bato at Go at Marcos at Mocha at Jinggoy at iba pa,” Tamayo wrote.

Being established in the field, the two polling firms conducting nationwide pre-election surveys, however, have a comprehensive scope than that within educational institutions.

These surveys also don’t correspond to the overall preferences of the youth as they discount particular elements such as age range and income class in other regions.

More than half of the 61.8 million registered voters in the Philippines are those belonging to Generation Y, better known as the Millennials born between 1981 to 1996, and Generation Z, or those born after 1997.

Tamayo said the sentiments of yougn Fiipinos will not be silenced.

“Kaya wag kayong magulat kung sa mga susunod na taon,ang mga bata ay magiging sutil. Ang mga bata ay mag-iingay. Ang mga bata ay magwewelga at mangangalampag sa mga Toreng Garing. Dahil galit ang mga bata. Hindi kami mananahimik,” she said.

Based on the updated unofficial tally, here are the candidates who made it to the so-caled Magic 12 of the senatorial race as of press time.

Top 12 in Senate race
The Senate race’s Magic 12, based on partial, unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections as of 10:05 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 2019.

The winning candidates except reelectionists Grace Poe and Nancy Binay are either allied with Duterte or his daughter Sara Duterte.

More than half of the 61.8 million registered voters in the Philippines are those belonging to Generation Y, better known as the Millennials born between 1981 to 1996, and Generation Z, or those born after 1997.