Words by Roleen Delos Reyes | Video courtesy of UP Journalism Club
“Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan”
That’s what Jose Rizal said, and that is what the youth should try to adhere to.
The results of UP Journalism Club’s Mamamayan/Mamamahayag Students’ Mock Elections were released yesterday.Garnering the votes of 1072 students from various universities in the metro, the choices of today’s youth are somehow determined.
Students from UP Diliman, Far Eastern University (FEU), Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) participated in the said elections. All are students and part of the youth, whether they are registered voters or not.
In the overall mock results, Richard “Dick” Gordon takes the number 1 spot in the polls after garnering 742 votes or 69% of the total votes. With 68% and 59% respectively, Chiz Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano were close behind.
Familiar names also popped with Loren Legarda (47%) and Koko Pimentel (46%) taking the succeeding spots in the mock polls.
Risa Hontiveros (45%), a known supporter of the Reproductive Health bill, also grabbed a place in the top 12. Teddy Casiño (43%) also made it to the list despite the controversial withdrawal of authorship in the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.
Household names completed the list with Migz Zubiri (40%), Sonny Angara (41%), Antonio “Sonny” Triallanes (37%), Bam Aquino (34%) and Jun Magsaysay (32%). These surnames are popular in terms of political ambition, and can be clearly associated with incumbent political persona or families.
However, the release of the results triggered various reactions from netizens. People reacted positively and negatively to the results of the said polls. @Hayag2013, the official twitter account of the event, was followed by candidates, supporters and critics alike.
Despite this, the UP Journalism Club and their partners emphasize that they are not promoting or endorsing any candidate or party. The polls were just intended to represent a part of the youth.
*This article was published with the permission of the professor. Authors are resident members of UP Journalism Club. A follow-up article on the students’ reactions post-Mock polls will follow.