Congratulations, people!

Published May 12, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Jullie Y. Daza


Jullie Y. Daza

The biggest voter turnout, 88 percent.

Fastest vote count. By 6:30 p.m. on May 10, a total of 98 percent of votes counted, unofficially.

More peaceful, with fewer election-related crimes reported than in previous exercises.

The biggest margin won by a presidential candidate, making him the nation’s first “majority president.”

A “massive” victory for the winning tandem, said OCTA’s Dr. Ranjit Rye, who added that the gap between BBM-Sara and the second placer had all along been the trend, statistically speaking, the data supported by at least four other polling firms.

Edson Guido, head of ABS-CBN analytics, said BBM scored in all the vote-rich provinces and regions, including the National Capital Region, where he trounced the mayor of Manila in his own city. Another researcher from TV 5 pointed out that BBM also won Tarlac, homeground of the Aquinos (with two presidents from the same family).

BBM’s running mate had her own triumphs. Sara Duterte harvested more votes than Daddy Digong when he ran for president in 2016. As of Tuesday night, she was also slightly ahead of her presidential teammate, her 31,466,425 vs his 31,021, 353.

The huge turnout of voters could have been more huge. Thousands who lined up for hours to fulfill their duty were turned away at 7 pm – who was around to measure 30 meters, counting from what line, space, or structure? In addition, 915 vote counting machines had to be replaced – guess how many more could not arrive at the voting centers on time? By the time the next elections happen in 2025, last Monday’s senior citizens will be three years older — please don’t force them to climb one or two floors to cast their vote.

It’s not over ‘til it’s over, the clear winner warned as his supporters cheered and gathered in his hq on EDSA. It took the outgoing mayor of Manila and losing presidential candidate, fourth placer Isko Moreno, to ask the People of the Philippines to support the winning team and avoid joining any group out to create trouble. “Let us respect the people’s decision. Life must go on.  We must respect the choice of our countrymen.”

Thumbs up for Yorme! Until the next election — !