Grueling 3-month campaign down to final day

Published May 6, 2022, 5:20 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Some candidates think that they’ve already won the elections, while others like to believe that they can still change their bleak fortunes up to the very last day of the campaign.

(Lakas-CMD Media)

That last day of the campaign takes place on Saturday May 7, when both frontrunning and lagging candidates are expected to give their all to make one final pitch to the Filipino electorate.

That final pitch is traditionally made during the candidates’ “miting de avance”–the ultimate sendoff or “go-home show” to cap the grueling 90-day campaign period particularly for national positions candidates.

The gimmick of the May 2022 election season appears to be holding not one but multiple miting de avances. Of the candidates vying for the presidency, at least two have planned more than one pre-election assembly.

On Saturday, former senator Bongbong Marcos will hold the last of its three miting de avances at the open grounds fronting Solaire Hotel in Parañaque City. It’s two previous assemblies was carried out in Guimbal, Iloilo City last May 3 and Tagum, Davao del Norte last May 5.

Senator Manny Pacquiao will have a homecoming-miting de avance Saturday, the second of its two such pre-election assemblies. The first one was carried out in Cebu City, Cebu on Friday, May 5.

Also on May 7, opposition leader Vice President Leni Robredo will hold her miting de avance at Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

Moriones, Tondo will be the “miting site” of another presidential bet in Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

On the other hand, Senator Panfilo Lacson will hold his campaign finale in Carmona, Cavite.

Sunday, May 8 will be the proverbial calm before the election day storm as campaign activities would be prohibited.

On Monday, May 9, more than 67 million Filipinos–over half the country’s population–will troop to polling precincts all over the country to cast their #MatalinongBoto. Just under 24 million of the voters are millennials, or those falling in the 26 to 41 years old age bracket.

Based on these educated votes, the Philippines will fill up a total of 16,385 elective seats from president down to municipal councilors.