Man for the masses

February 19, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 162 views

A RECENT Kalye Survey, conducted by online news site Rappler, confirmed the overwhelming trust and support Filipinos have for presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Rappler dispatched its reporter Rambo Talabong to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where he randomly interviewed passersby to check the pulse of voters from the city.

A total of eight individuals were asked in random order by Rappler, and Marcos got five votes. With one vote, Robredo and Lacson ended in a two-way tie for second place. The survey also registered an undecided vote.

Interestingly, even the lone undecided voter was hoping for unity, the clarion call of the UniTeam for the country.

The initial question posed by the reporter to the interviewees was, Sinong iboboto mo ngayong 2022 at bakit?

“Sa akin lang ha, si BBM kasi lahat naman ng ano may kakayahan. Pero siyempre pipili tayo ng karapat-dapat na maging Presidente,” said a man first asked by the Rappler reporter.

When asked why he thinks Marcos was the right choice among the presidential candidates, the interviewee said, “Siya lamang, una, ang maaaring makatulong sa mga mahihirap o kaya siya na ‘yung katuparan nung ibang naghihirap tutulong sa bansang Pilipinas.”

When asked about the scathing criticisms against Marcos, the interviewee commented, “Sa akin, ano man ang sabihin nila, kung gusto kong iboto ‘yung isang tao, kahit ano pa man yun, kahit anong mangyari iboboto ko pa rin siya. BBM pa rin ako.

The second individual, another male, had this to say when posited the same question.

“Siguro sasabihin ko si BBM. Kumbaga sa political legacy, simula sa ama niya, meron na siyang experience sa kandidatura,” said the second interviewee.

Talabong then asked the interviewee to comment on criticisms against Marcos, the interviewee responded, “Siyempre hindi natin maiiwasan ang mga paninira. Kahit ano pang linis mo, laging may paninirang magaganap.”

When asked about a particular promise that he would want Marcos to deliver on, the interviewee said, “’Yung mga trabaho para sa mga tao.”

Talabong asked a third male individual the same initial question, to which he replied, “Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. Gusto ko lang.”

The third interview then described the qualities that endeared him to the presidential frontrunner.

“Kung magsalita siya, malumanay. Wala siyang sinasabing kontra sa kalaban. Lahat ng kalaban niya galit na galit kapag nagsalita sa media. Tungkol sa sinasabi nila, magnanakaw. Noon pa ‘yan hanggang ngayon magnanakaw. Martial law. Lahat na sinasabi nila. Hindi ba sila nagsasawa sa sinasabi nilang ‘yan? Si BBM mabait,” said the third male interviewee.

He had this to say when asked to comment on the issue of Martial law during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Sa akin wala namang ninakaw si Marcos eh. Maraming namatay, kagagawan rin naman nila sa Martial law. Mga pasaway,” said the gentleman.

A female ice cream vendor interviewed by Talabong reminisced about the government’s support to low-income families even in remote areas.

She advised those still criticizing Marcos and his father’s administration to move forward.

“Nakaraan na ‘yun eh. Hindi pa ba sila naka-move on?” she quipped.

The views expressed by the interviewees in the Rappler Kalye Survey mirrored the resilient support of Filipinos to both UniTeam bets, as seen in their excellent performance in pre-election surveys.

The UniTeam considers unity among Filipinos a crucial first step in jumpstarting the country’s recovery from the Covid19 pandemic.

Bongbong and Sara underscored the importance of achieving unity in the country during the proclamation rally of the UniTeam held recently at the Philippine Arena that was attended by almost 30,000 supporters and was viewed by 1.5 million individuals online as of this writing.