,The believed reincarnation of Ferdinand Marcos and his descendant have topped the most recent SWS surveys. How do different species in the Filipino citizenry digest this?
PDP-Laban presidentiable Rodrigo Duterte moved quite a lot since the SWS surveys for the past months, overtaking NPC presidentiable Grace Poe Llamanzares’s position. On the other hand, Nationalist Party vice-presidentiable Ferdinand Marcos Jr. climbs the top spot in a flat rate due to a decent decrease in ratings of NPC vice-presidentiable Francis Escudero.
From this moment, fractions of the Filipino population, both voters and non-voters, cry mixed reactions. From one corner, one may hear “Marcos, never again,” while on another, one could hear, “Hetonaangtunaynapagbabago.” And if today were election day, Duterte-Marcos would have been a spectacle even of indifferent eyes. Both Duterte purists and opponents synonymically believe that Duterte, in what is rumored to be his governance, is the Ferdinand Marcos of today. If Duterte-Marcos will stay strong after 28 days, it will induce a cry from the people (netizens to lead, probably), saying how the father and the son has reunited.
But how, really, do we perceive the news? It is both a hope and a relief for both Duterte and Marcos’ supporters. Voters have finally become wise, they would say. However, it is a groundbreaking story for the anti-Duterte and anti-Marcos people, saying how both candidates’ ways are not the solutions to a better government. Their cries would stir up rallies, petitions on a worse case.
If this were the results of the elections, how well would the tandem be? Will it still be a father-son Marcos-like governance like how the majority forecast it to be, or will it become a divided house having more arms to work, just without interrupting the other?
So much, to the extent of shocking Filipinos, have happened in months, and in the next 28 days, a lot still can.Filipinos are still brainstorming on ways to fulfill the good change they have long been looking for, and candidates, too, are brainstorming on ways to turn this table—this survey result—over. Will the Philippines finally get what it has long been wanting?
by: Marielle Makilan, 16, incoming Grade 11 at University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Starlight Editor-in-Chief