Through the initiative of the NSTP-CWTS, particularly their Voter’s Education classes, in cooperation with the University Student Council and the DLSU-D Pre-Law Society, a month long activity about educating voters for the automated national elections this coming May 2010 was held in De La Salle University – Dasmariñas.
It culminated in a mock elections for all the registered voter-members of the DLSU-D community; student, faculty and staff.
The results are quite interesting, though not conclusive because out of the 12,000 students, faculty and staff in DLSU-D, voter turn out for the mock elections was just 1,728 which is broken down into the following: 1,373 students, 232 faculty, and 123 staff.
As from the graph below, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III won with 44.39% while his Vice-President Mar Roxas obtaining 50.98% of the votes respectively. The final list is as follows:
This is something that has been taken for granted, but in the Lasallian community, Gibo Teodoro has a solid following, especially among the younger students freshmen and sophomore. Unfortunately for Gibo, most of them are not yet registered voters.
The Vice Presidential race ended up in the following order:
I find the results very interesting, surprising even, because Jejomar Binay placed second besting Bayani Fernando. What I did not find surprising was the low support for Loren Legarda, it just goes to show that Lasallians are discerning voters.
Now for an important, yet seldom talked about segment of the 2010 national elections, the race for the 12 seats in the Philippine Senate. The top 12 candidates voted by the Lasallians from DLSU-D are the following:
Top 12 Senatorial Candidates
Pia Cayetano (NP) – 1249
Miriam Defensor-Santiago (PRP) – 1226
Franklin Drilon (LP) – 1217
Ralph Recto (LP) – 1036
Gilbert Remulla (NP) – 988
Ramon Revilla (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) – 960
Juan Ponce Enrile (PMP) – 935
Sergio Osmena, III (Ind) – 866
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr (NP) – 843
Vicente Sotto, III (NPC) – 729
Jinggoy Estrada (PMP) – 596
Sonia Roco (LP) – 464
As what Manolo Quezon points out, the electorate likes to cherry-pick its choice for the Senate, and this is reflected by the DLSU-D vote, with Liberals and Nacionalistas tied with three of its Senatorial candidates being voted into the top 12. The rest of the slots won by opposition parties while the administration having only one of its official candidate taking a seat. Though you could say it got two, as Santiago has always been with the administration by default.
The bottom line is, the administration’s Frankenstein coalition would have to do a lot of work if it wants to get a handsome share of the Lasallian vote in Cavite.
I don’t have the exact demographics, but the students of DLSU-D come mostly from the CALABARZON region, a vote-rich region in Luzon. Registered voter-students’ age range from 18 to 25, the affluent kind that has access to internet, SMS, blogs, Twitter and Facebook, so now that the Aquino-Roxas tandem has captured a fraction of DLSU-D’s support as shown by the mock elections, the Liberal party has every reason to capitalize and mobilize this segment and transform it into a core of support in assisting its campaign to do two things: secure and consolidate its support for Aquino and Roxas and second, to get more support for the rest of its Senate slate.
With the current administration, poised to take over the Lower House, with no less than GMA herself, leading the charge, the next President, if he is to govern properly, must have a solid majority in the Senate. So if I were Francis Pangilinan, I’d follow MLQ3′s advice and move heaven and earth to have more of LP Senatorial slate elected, and by the results of mock elections in DLSU-D, CALABARZON is a good place to start.
I congratulate the NSTP-CWTS students and faculty for a job well done and showing the country where, roughly as it may be, DLSU-D stands in the upcoming 2010 elections. Hopefully, this would make our fellow Lasallians become more discerning, and more vigilant voters come May 2010.