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Aquino-Roxas tandem wins in DEMOCKRASYA – DLSU-D mock elections

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.

DEMOCKRASYA

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:


Total Pct. of Votes President)

President

  1. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III – 767 votes
  2. Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro – 320
  3. Richard “Dick” Gordon – 233
  4. Manuel “Manny” Villar – 207
  5. Eddie “Bro Eddie” Villanueva – 75
  6. Joseph “Erap” Estrada – 65
  7. Nicanor “Nick” Perlas – 51
  8. Jamby Madrigal – 14
  9. John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes – 14

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:

Total Pct. of Votes (Vice President)

Vice President

  1. Manuel “Mar” Roxas, II – 881
  2. Jejomar “Jojo” Binay – 401
  3. Bayani Fernando – 192
  4. Loren Legarda – 152
  5. Eduardo “Edu” Manzano – 43
  6. Perfecto Yasay – 34
  7. Jose “Jay” Sonza – 20
  8. Dominador Chipeco, Jr – 19

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

  1. Pia Cayetano (NP) – 1249
  2. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (PRP) – 1226
  3. Franklin Drilon (LP) – 1217
  4. Ralph Recto (LP) – 1036
  5. Gilbert Remulla (NP) – 988
  6. Ramon Revilla (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) – 960
  7. Juan Ponce Enrile (PMP) – 935
  8. Sergio Osmena, III (Ind) – 866
  9. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr (NP) – 843
  10. Vicente Sotto, III (NPC) – 729
  11. Jinggoy Estrada (PMP) – 596
  12. 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.

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  1. I think it is already a given that LP bets are running a good race in this mock election. This may not be the official stand of DLSU-D, nonetheless is telling of the what is in the mind of the DLSU-D community.

  2. Nice discussions here Bro…I think it is already a given that LP bets are running a good race in this mock election. This may not be the official stand of DLSU-D, nonetheless is telling of the what is in the mind of the DLSU-D community.

    Re: Legarda, forget about her, she will not have a great run for her candidacy…the obvious was already discussed.

    I am just happy that though Bong Revilla is from Cavite, he did not topped the survey for senators, and what as even greater relief not to see on the list the infamous Leon Guerero Lito Lapid…

    • Like what I've said, it's way better than any survey we could come up with.

      The moment Legarda joined up with Villar was the moment the curtains have closed down on her VP ambitions. She simply blew it away!

      I'm not as happy as you are with regards to Bong Revilla's chances in Cavite. Our school may be in Dasmariñas, but I cannot speak on behalf of its home city nor the province, conclusively.

      I've heard that Bong's still strong in Imus and Bacoor and elsewhere in the country.

    • Of course I know. I suggest you read the whole article of Ms Veneracion. Disappointing really that it's not just Loren's political stance that keeps on changing, so does her civil status as well. Then again, your personality does determine your politics.

  3. "What I did not find surprising was the low support for Loren Legarda, it just goes to show that Lasallians are discerning voters."

    How can you quantify that? How can DLSU-D students become discerning just by not voting for Legarda, and Legarda alone? Compared to other candidates (apart from fellow senator Roxas), she has knowledge and executive experience that comes from years of being a senator that could translate into becoming a good VP. What do DLSU-D students have against Legarda? What do you have against Legarda that made you say that?

    Please note that this is not to instigate a fight. Just interested in finding out the facts and reasons behind the quoted statement.

    • It was quantified by the vote. If quantity was what you meant. From the results, it can be inferred that Lasallians do not consider "knowledge and executive experience that comes from years of being a senator" alone to merit our votes.

      We're also looking for leaders who are committed to their ideals, principles, not someone who changes allegiances, parties and positions on issues as fast as they change their underwear, usually to their comfort and gain.

      I believe Ms Connie Veneracion has put it succinctly, to wit:

      After the announcement that she has accepted to be Villar’s “guest” running mate, I like her even less. After putting her signature on a resolution to ouster Villar from the Senate, she’s now running with him? You don’t sign a resolution to ouster unless you firmly believe that the person sought to be ousted is guilty. How can Loren run alongside someone she believes to be guilty of corruption or, at the very least, abuse of position? The only other way to interpret her signature on the resolution is that she was part of a movement to oust Villar to ruin his chances to become President. Either way, it doesn’t sound good for her.

      In other words, her ever changing civil status and stance on political and national issues is a mark of a trapo. And trapos do not find support among Lasallians.

      • Hmm, good point. Is there a palpable dislike against Loren inside the DLSU-D community? Has she visited the campus? If she has, what happened?

        You wrote, "In other words, her ever changing civil status and stance on political and national issues is a mark of a trapo. And trapos do not find support among Lasallians." Does this statement come from you only, or was this made officially by the community? Particularly since the person you quoted is not connected to DLSU-D (she's a blogger and a Manila Standard columnist) and I wonder if this reflects what the campus wants too.

        I'm interested because I am an alumni and I want to know what DLSU-D's stance is.

        • I think there is a palpable dislike of Loren, though I'm not speaking on behalf of the DLSU-D community because as of this writing, there is no official stand on this. Loren has not yet visited the campus and based on what I've heard from my fellow students and even some faculty, she'd be hard-pressed to find any fanfare.

          You'd agree that Lasallians don't like 'trapos', and since Loren is viewed as such, there's little support for her in DLSU-D. You may construe or imply that I'm alone in saying this but the results of the mock elections show otherwise.

          It is irrelevant if Ms Veneracion is connected to DLSU-D or not, because I only borrowed her words for they speak with great clarity, as I've wrote in my earlier reply, why there's a palpable dislike of Loren amongst the DLSU-D community.

          If you're looking for a categorical stance from DLSU-D, I suggest you give the administrator's a call, or perhaps get in touch with the Alumni Association. But as far as the students, faculty and staff are concerned, they've already made their choice which was expressed in the mock elections.

          Perhaps a follow up survery as to why they voted as such would satisfy your curiousity. But alas, time has ran out for we only have two weeks of classes left.

          • "You’d agree that Lasallians don’t like ‘trapos’,"

            Please don't put words in my mouth. The cardinal rule in writing, my friend, is to never assume anything.

            Thank you though for your responses. I'm sorry too, because I see a hole in your response: the tone of your replies keep implying that the mock election has become the official stance of the University. Even though you say you're not speaking in behalf of the DLSU-D and the facts say only 1,728 participated in the activity, you actually keep reversing yourself with statements like

            "From the results, it can be inferred that Lasallians do not consider “knowledge and executive experience that comes from years of being a senator” alone to merit our votes."

            and "In other words, her ever changing civil status and stance on political and national issues is a mark of a trapo. And trapos do not find support among Lasallians."

            You keep using the word "Lasallians" kaya ako tanong nang tanong if everyone in the community can see and feel that dislike for Loren and if this activity is part of the process of creating an official stance by the University.

            And too bad nga, there's no more survey done. I'd actually like to see the result of that survey since I feel it's more reflective of what people in the campus really think.

            Back to the results though: I'm not surprised to see Edu in the bottom rungs of this election. I am surprised, however, at Binay's strong showing. The media says the strongest opponents were Roxas and Legarda, but apparently those who joined this activity had another person in mind.

            Also surprised to see Bongbong Marcos in the top ten. I'm pretty sure he won't try to bring back his family's glory days, but I'm also pretty sure he knew what went on during Martial Law. And we never learn.

            • I think the mock elections, wherein you'd just shade the circle next to the name of the candidate you like no questions asked, were a more objective tool in gauging the preferences of the DLSU-D community where a survey could have a misleading effect because of how the questions would be formulated. So in the absence of a survey, the result of the mock elections, though inconclusive to be taken as an official stand, is the best of what is at hand.

              A small proportion may have joined the activity, but from what I've heard from other students, friends and even faculty in classroom discussions, forums, casual conversations during break, Loren does not enjoy much support from DLSU-D, so this validates the results of the mock elections. If you're still curious, I suggest you visit campus and talk to students, I'm sure they'd speak their mind on this matter though I can't guarantee it would be a rosy story for Loren. And mind you, some students would be very vocal about this.

              Being an educational institution, a conservative one, it would be reaching for the stars, so to speak, for DLSU-D to come out with an official stand. To come out with one, again in reference to the results of the mock elections, would be stating the obvious. Besides, come election day, it would be the students, faculty and staff who would be casting their votes, not the school as an institution. Last I look, it's a University, not some religious block.

              Indeed, the results were pretty surprising, seeing Binay in 2nd place for VP and yes, Bongbong Marcos included in the top 12 Senatoriables. I believe those votes came from the faculty and staff sector since most students know little about the young Marcos.

    • Iyon ang kulang. Hindi masyadong nabibigyan ng pansin ang mga partylist sa mga usapang halalan sa DLSU-D. Imumungkahi ko na magkaroon ng talakayan tungkol dito.