Dabawenyo voters still prefer performance

Photo by Macky Lim.

DESPITE administration bets winning in the city following the recent elections, a survey showed that Dabawenyos would still opt to vote for candidates who are performing.

Based on the results of the Ateneo de Davao University-University Research Council (AdDU-URC) City-wide Blue Vote Electoral Survey Result Comparison, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) candidates Christopher "Bong" Go, Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar, Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, Francis Tolentino, Imee Marcos, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., JV Ejercito, Dong Mangundadatu, Jinggoy Estrada, Nancy Binay and Lito Lapid, and independent senator Grace Poe were likely to win the senatorial race in Davao City.

However, in the actual votes, Poe did not make it to the "Magic 12." PDP-Laban president Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III took her place.

All those who were part of the Magic 12 in Davao City were endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The two parties had a last-minute rally on May 9 and 10, wherein the president himself asked Dabawenyo voters to vote the candidates in the midterm polls.

AdDU-URC chair Lourdesita Chan said having no opposition candidates in the top 12 senatorial line up in the city is very unusual, considering Poe, being a prominent candidate.

Chan said Duterte's influence can be attributed to the election results here.

"It is a very high degree of consensus between the constituents of Davao City and the president," she said.

The first family candidates Sara Duterte-Carpio (mayor-elect), Sebastian "Baste" Duterte (vice mayor-elect) and Paolo Duterte (first district representative-elect) were also winners both in the survey and the actual voting.

"Though Dabawenyos are supportive with the Dutertes (and their bets), their judgement on voting candidates are still performance-based," Chan said.

"We noticed na di sila sumusunod sa kung ano lang ang sinasabi ni Mayor (President Duterte). May mga issues, 'clear' issues sila na that should be addressed na natutugunan naman nila (We noticed the people do not easily get influenced with only what the President says. The people are looking into 'clear issues' which the president had addressed)," Chan added.

He said the president's positive performance had attributed to administration bets winning.

Chan also said opposition candidates from the Otso Diretso should have campaigned in the city, despite the city being the home of the president.

"May malaking epekto talaga siya (It has a huge effect)," she said.

Only Bam Aquino's mother Melanie Aguirre-Aquino and Erin Tañada's brother Toby Tañada campaigned in the city.

The survey was released on Monday, May 20, after Addu-URC had its post-election assessment, two weeks after they released their Off-Campus Blue Vote survey result.


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