By Kiko Demigillo | News5
(July 15, 2021) – As election issues continue to be brought up ahead of the 2022 elections, a political analyst on Wednesday said campaign gimmicks and vote-buying won’t affect the decision of the majority of the voters.
Dr. Antonio Contreras, a political science professor at De La Salle University, said based on their DigiVoice study, nearly 75% of Filipinos will not change their vote despite outside persuasion.
“Ang mga Pilipino lagi nating sinasabi mangampanya ka (ibobot ka), pero lumalabas, ang mga Pilipino, halos 74.4 percent ng aming respondents nagsabi na fair ang kanilang decision, hindi sila madadala sa kampanya kahit bayaran sila,” said Contreras on One PH’s ‘Wag Po.
Contreras added this only proves the importance of initial impressions of Filipinos on possible candidates, maintaining there are bigger issues other than vote-buying and campaign violations.
“Hindi nagma-matter ang pangangampanya, hindi nagma-matter ang vote-buying, pero baka mag-matter ang dayaan kasi ‘yan, hindi nabibilang sa survey,” said Contreras.
Vote-buying has been a long-standing issue in the country’s political landscape. President Rodrigo Duterte even admitted that vote-buying is an “integral part” of the elections in the Philippines, claiming that everyone has engaged in it in “many forms.”
“Walang hindi nagbibili ng boto rito. Ituro mo kung sino ang hindi nagbili ng boto,” said Duterte in May 2019. “As long as the Philippines remains to be a poor country, for as long as the feudal system exists, lalo na sa rural areas aggravated by the communists.”
Vote-buying is punishable under the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines.
Contreras said the main basis for Filipinos choosing their candidate is still their track record, pointing out that educational background has not become a large factor.
“Mababa’yung binigay ng tao sa academic degree. Hindi binibigyang pansin ng tao ang tinapos (na pag-aaral), kaya kung sisiraan mo ang isang tao na walang tinapos o kaya baka hindi totoo ang diploma niya, maaaring hindi mag-resonate,” said Contreras.
In their independent survey released in early July, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno had the highest potential voter base for any position with 53.8%, followed by Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto with 41.5%.
Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and President Rodrigo Duterte came next with 37.6% and 34.2%, respectively.
“Tinanong namin ang aming respondents ano ang dahilan bakit niyo binoboto ang isang tao, ang una record. Ikalawa, parang ka-tie ‘yung may magandang moral values, pangatlo ‘yung serbisyo na pagtulong sa tao,” said Contreras. (PM)