Bloc voting decreases, political analyst says

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Over the years, the percentage of people who follow bloc voting has decreased, a political analyst noted.

Residents cast their vote at a voting precinct in Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, May 14 2018. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
Residents cast their vote at a voting precinct in Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, May 14 2018. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said bloc voting has more effect in the local polls than the national elections.

“Napansin ko that over the years, pababa ng pababa ‘yung porsyento na sumusunod (I noticed that over the years, the percentage of those who follow bloc voting has been decreasing),” he said during the Balitaan sa Maynila forum on Sunday.

“Ang lumilitaw, importante lang ‘yung ganoong bloc sa local. Sa national, walang impact. Mayroon silang mga sinusuportahan na natatalo (It appears that the bloc voting is only important in the local elections. When it comes to the national polls, it does not have an impact. Some of the candidates they support still lose),” he added.

Casiple also reminded that, although bloc voting has been a common practice in some churches, it should not be allowed.

“Ang nakasaad sa Constitution, separation of church and state. Hindi mo pwedeng gamitin ang pulpito para mag-sabing ‘Iboto mo si ganito, si ganyan’ (The separation of church and state is stated in the Constitution. You cannot use the pulpit to say, ‘Vote for this, or that’),” he said.

However, church officials still have the right to advice people to vote for decent candidates and to identify their preferred candidates while on the pulpit, Casiple said. #MatalinongBoto2019

 
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