by Ma. Niña Pamela Castro

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rudy” Duterte and Camarines Sur Third District Representative Leni Robredo topped the mock elections tour in the “Big Four” universities of the country, held April 4 to 7.

Duterte received 1,408 votes, equivalent to almost 45 percent of youth voters from University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), University of Sto. Tomas (UST), De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), while Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo earned 1021 votes, or 32.14 percent of the student votes.

The survey was conducted as part a pre-election project Mamamayan/Mamamahayag 3.0, by student organization UP Journalism Club (UPJC), in partnership with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), UP Diliman University Student Council, UP CMC Student Council, Ang Pahayagang Plaridel, Ateneo Association for Communications Technology Management and UST’s AKTIBOTO.

A total of 3,171 students participated in the mock elections, which followed a non-probability, convenient sampling method. Each of them were given an online questionnaire resembling a sample ballot, asking for their presidential, vice presidential and senatorial bets.

Moreover, 82.24 percent  of the respondents were from UST, as the survey conducted there was part of voter education program and UPJC partner organization AKTIBOTO.

The surveys at ADMU, DLSU and UPD were independently conducted by UPJC and saw a much smaller turnout: 77, 209 and 278 respondents, respectively.

Among the presidential candidates, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago ranked second with 1,110 votes, followed by Sen. Grace Poe with 225 votes.

Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas came in fourth as the choice of 186 youth-voters.

Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance got only 52, much lower than those who voted abstain votes while 190 student-voters chose to abstain.

Meanwhile, Roxas’ running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo topped the vice presidential mock election earning 1,021 votes or 32. 14 percent of the youth votes.  

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. placed second with 779 votes. Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Cayetano, garnered 769 votes, followed by Chiz Escudero who came in fourth as the choice of 251 youth-voters.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV secured the fifth place with 81 votes.

On the other hand, Gringo Honasan got the least with 16 votes while 260 students voted abstain.

In the senatorial race, Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon ranked first with 2475 votes, followed by Justice Sec. Leila De Lima who placed second with 2218 votes. Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros came in third with 2113 votes while Sen. Franklin Drilon landed fourth with 2043 votes. Sen. Ralph Recto placed fifth with 1988 votes.

The rest of the senatorial roster were completed by Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (1904 votes), Sen. Miguel “Migz” Zubiri (1881 votes), Sen. Ping Lacson (1835 votes), Sen. Sergio Osmena III (1834 votes), Sherwin Gatchalian (1694 votes), Jose Villanueva (1205 votes) and Senator Teofisto Guingona III (1127 votes).


Youth vote

Duterte was the presidential bet of the 36.36 percent of DLSU’s 209 students who participated in the campaign. Santiago came in second with 35.4 percent while Roxas secured the third spot with 10.53 percent. Binay and Poe followed with 6.22 percent and 4.78 percent respectively. On the other hand, 6.70 percent of La Sallians chose to abstain.

The Davao City mayor also led the polls with 49.42 percent of the 2612 youth voters in UST, the university with the highest number of voters’ turnout in the campaign. On the second place was Santiago with 33.84 percent while Poe came in third with 5.83 percent. Roxas then followed with 4.57 percent as Binay receive the least votes with 1.82 percent. 4.87 of the student-voters in the campus clicked abstain.

Meanwhile, it was Santiago who topped the mock election results in UP Diliman by bagging 51.25 percent of the 278 student respondents. However, it was “abstain” that took the second largest percentage of votes in the national university with 16.49 percent. It was then followed by independent candidate Poe with 15.77 percent and by Duterte with 9.32 percent. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas came in fourth with 6.45 percent. Binay came in last with a close to nothing 0.72   percent.

In ADMU, Binay received zero number of votes while Roxas skyrocketed with 37.84 percent of the university’s 77 student-voters. Grace Poe followed him with 37.84 percent. Mayor Duterte ranked third with 18.92 percent while Santiago landed on fourth spot with 13.5 percent. 4.05 percent of Ateneans chose to abstain.

Liberal Party’s Robredo topped the mock elections in all four universities.

However, she ranked close second with 27.11 percent against Marcos’ 27.53 percent in the UST mock elections. She was followed by Cayetano with 26.30 percent and Escudero by 8.38 percent. Meanwhile, Trillanes landed on fifth spot with 2.87 percent. Honasan came in last with 0.57 percent. 7. 24 percent of the respondents chose abstain.

In UP Diliman, Robredo received 60.22 percent. On the second place was Cayetano with 11.11 percent. He was followed by Escudero with 7.17 percent while Bongbong Marcos landed on the fourth spot with 5.37 percent.  On the other hand, Trillanes and Honasan both received 0.36 percent. The 15.41 percent of the Iskolars ng Bayan chose abstain.

Robredo dominated ADMU poll with 70.13 percent. She was followed by 10.39 percent who voted abstain and Marcos’ 7.79 percent. Cayetano ranked third with 6.49 percent. Meanwhile, Escudero and Trillanes came in next with 2.60 percent apiece. Honasan came in last with zero percent.

In DLSU, Robredo bagged 43.54 percent. She was followed by Cayetano with 22.01 percent. Marcos came in third with 18. 66 percent while Escudero and Trillanes garnered 4.78 percent and 1.44 percent respectively. Honasan received zero number of votes as 9.57 percent of students voted abstain.   

However, these results can only reflect so much: in their caption of the survey results, UPJC said, “The survey responses were gathered through a volunteer basis and are not at all reflective of the voting preferences of the entire student populations of the universities surveyed.”

Mamamayan/Mamamahayag 3.0 was a week-long media literacy and awareness campaign on youth participation on the national elections through the use of social media.

UPJC is a student organization based at the UP College of Mass Communication.


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