By Recto Marcene | Business Mirror
Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. topped the mock election conducted by the Samahan ng mga Mangagagawa sa Paliparan ng Pilipinas (SMPP), held on Sunday afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) terminals.
The group’s president, Fering Lopez, said Duterte garnered 306 votes, Jejomar C. Binay, 181; Sen. Grace Poe, 52; Liberal Party candidate Manuel Roxas II, 22; and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 32. There were 17 spoiled ballots.
On the vice-presidential front, Marcos got 425 votes, Sen. Francis Escudero, 50; Liberal Party Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur, 49; Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, 46; Sen. Gregorio Honasan, 10; and Sen. Antonio Trillanes, 7. There were 17 abstentions.
Lopez said the SMPP has 641 organic employees at the four Naia terminals under the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa).
They voiced out their choices through mock elections conducted on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“We brought to our members from Terminal 1 to Terminal 4 the sealed ballot boxes so that they can cast their votes. Hindi sapilitan ito, kung sino lamang ang may gusto.” Lopez added.
The ballot boxes were collected in every terminal and taken to the SMPP office for safe keeping on Sunday and Monday. At 9 a.m., the ballots were counted in the presence of some media representatives, he said.
Lopez added that a total of 593 out of the 641 personnel present at the time cast their votes for president, while 604 cast their votes for the vice president.
The administration candidate, Roxas, trailed in the voting as he got only 22 votes.
“It’s pay-back time,” the SMPP said, most of whom have complained about the cuts in their remunerations under Miaa General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.
Roxas used to be secretary of transportation and communication.