After a successful online presidential poll last month, we continued and asked Bulakenyo.ph Facebook followers anew to pick among the seven possible candidates as their Vice President for next year’s elections. Who do you think won our online poll? There are still less than nine (9) months to go, but the election fever is starting to brew. Who’s your choice? Have you registered already? Vote wisely.
Although it is not yet the official “campaign period,” tarpaulins of possible candidates for the 2022 National Elections appear everywhere in Bulacan. We have seen TV commercials and social media advertisements that are borderline early campaigning. If you happen to pass by North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), you will notice large billboard ads bearing politicians’ thick faces.
Who are the possible Vice President candidates?
We have identified seven (7) possible vice presidentiables based on news and social media clamor. The candidates are Mayor Isko Moreno, President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Tito Sotto, Former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Former Senator Sonny Trillanes, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, and Former National Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro.
The following candidates have confirmed or strongly signified running as Vice President: President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Senator Tito Sotto, and Former National Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced that the official candidacy filing will start in October 2021.
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party has endorsed Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte as their standard-bearer to run for President and Vice President in the 2022 National Elections. What’s more interesting is that President Duterte has recently accepted the endorsement of the ruling party PDP-Laban for him to run for vice president in the 2022 elections, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
Early this month, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go confirmed that he offered himself to be Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s running mate if she runs for the presidency in the 2022 elections. However, Mayor Sara categorically stated last September 9 that she is not running for president in next year’s elections after her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, officially declared he is running for the vice presidency.
Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III launch their campaign last September 8, making them the first tandem to formally announce their presidential and vice-presidential candidacies in the 2022 elections.
Who is leading the Bulakenyo.ph Poll for Vice President?
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno got the most votes with 315. President Rodrigo Duterte follows him with 163. Third place is Former Senator Bongbong Marcos with 114. Former Senator Sonny Trillanes is in 4th place with 30 votes. Senator Tito Sotto got 9 votes, while Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Former National Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro got 7 and 4 votes.
Let’s convert the reaction votes to statistical percentages. Yorme Isko got 49% which is the highest among the candidates and tough to beat. The closest among his possible rivals are President Duterte with 25% and Bongbong Marcos with 18%. Tito Sotto only got 5% which sits at 4th place. On the other hand, Trillanes, Gatchalian, and Teodoro are statistically tied at the far end of the poll.
To be clear, we are not COMELEC nor categorically connected to any political party in the Philippines. This is NOT a paid online survey nor commissioned by any individual or group.
Will we see some changes in the political landscape soon? Will we see new breeds of leaders, or will we stick with traditional politics? How about a political dynasty? Several talks and alliances are being forged between or among political parties in preparation for the 2022 National Elections.
Definitely, the foul stench of election is in the air. As much as we hate it because we are still in the pandemic, we have to choose our future leaders. Please vote wisely!