Former president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte both established insurmountable leads based on more than 95 percent of the election returns tallied by the Commission on Election (Comelec) as of Tuesday morning.
Marcos, known as BBM on the campaign trail, got 30.5 million votes while closest rival Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo got 14.5 million votes.
Marcos thanked his supporters for his impending win, saying: “Any endeavor as large as this does not involve one person. It involves very, very many people working in very, very many different ways and to all of them, I thank you. Let us keep watch on the vote.”
Meanwhile, Sara Duterte got 30.8 million votes while second-placer Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan got almost million votes. Pangilinan is Robredo’s running mate.
The results Comelec’s vote count from over 76 percent of precincts showing Marcos winning is no different from the exit polls of PUBLICUS Asia conducted during Friday covering 35,000 voters.
The exit polls of PUBLICUS Asia showed Marcos getting 58 percent of the vote of the 35,000 respondents while Robredo garnered 24 percent.
Political analyst says Filipinos tired of divisiveness
A political analyst said that Marcos maintained a large lead in the presidential race polls because of his “simple” pitch for unity.
In an interview over PTV-4, Dr. Froilan Calilung, who teaches political science at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), explained that this year’s elections have deepened the nation’s divide.
“Right now, our countrymen are sick and tired already of the divisiveness that has played Philippine politics for a very, very long time already. In the midst of this, they entered the message of unity,” he said partly in Filipino.
Calilung acknowledged although such motherhood statements failed to spell out Marcos’ clear platforms, Filipinos are easily persuaded by motherhood statements of unification because they are easy to digest.
“While it is true that the platform remains unclear, the unity agenda of our frontrunner is very easy to understand. Very plain, very simple that is why many have been persuaded,” he added in Filipino.
He said Marcos’ decision to skip debates and refusal to engage in negative campaigning is “a really good decision” because Filipinos always root for the underdog.
“This is where BBM shows that instead of responding to allegations, they just chose to be focused on their own campaign, mobilize resources,” he said partly in Filipino.
He also said Filipinos were generally discontented by the failures of the post-Edsa regime.
“Perhaps they did not like what happened after Edsa. So they’re actually looking for something else, something different,” he said partly in Filipino.
In contrast, he said Vice President Leni Robredo’s campaign “did not resonate well with the public” due to her declaration of wanting to thwart a Marcos comeback.