‘Disappointed but not surprised’: Filipinos react to initial election results

Bonz Magsambol
‘Disappointed but not surprised’: Filipinos react to initial election results
Netizens are frustrated over the partial, unofficial results of the senatorial elections

MANILA, Philippines – How are Filipinos online taking the midterm election results so far?

Netizens on Tuesday, May 14, took to social media to share their thoughts on the winning senators as initial results of the elections were being transmitted from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tranparency server. 

Not a single Otso Diretso candidate made it to the magic 12 based on the partial, unofficial results as of 3:13 pm, with 94.94% of precinct reporting. Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas landed on the 14th and 16th spot, respectively.

Jennet Cerrer Sta Monica said she was disappointed with the results but hardly surprised. Sta Monica added that Filipinos vote for a government they think they deserve.

Leading to the elections, administration bets had been consistently topping surveys with opposition candidates lagging behind. (READ: Spotlight on surveys: Bong Go’s rise and how other HNP bets are faring)

Twitter user Fil Amboy stressed the importance of educating people about the independence of the 3 branches of government to maintain checks and balances.

Inrico Robb, meanwhile, said the results of the election proved that Filipinos are not aware of the issues of the country. The same sentiment was echoed by Amadeus Quiaoit, saying that people want “radical change” yet they voted such candidates.  

After the polls closed on Monday, netizens expressed their disappointment on social media over the initial results. Keywords ‘migrate’ and ‘how to migrate’ were top searches on Google late night.  (READ: Pinoys tweet, search about migrating as election results come in)

Netizens also pointed out the inconsistencies in the counting of ballots as they closely watch the transmission of the votes. Some claimed that the ballot receipts didn’t reflect how they voted. Many attributed perceived irregularities to the malfunctioning of many VCMs early Monday. In some areas, Comelec was quick to replace VCMs that encountered technical glitches.

On Twitter, Otso Diretso bet Chel Diokno’s supporters expressed dismay and gratitude over the unofficial results using #SalamatChel which eventually trended. (READ: We had one shot’: #SalamatChel trends for Twitter’s woke lolo)

Diokno is Twitter’s favorite “Woke Lolo,” having the biggest share of voice among the Senate candidates in the past month, according to CrowdTangle data.

Here’s what others had to say about the partial, unofficial results of the election:

What about you? How do you feel about the midterm election results so far? – Rappler.com

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.