Grace Liamanzares has conceded the Duterte win. Mar Roxas, at this writing, is scheduled to face the nation, expectedly to do the same. Nothing much is said about Miriam Defensor Santiago. From UNA’s end comes what can amount to an announcement of a graceful way out: wait for official results.
“Pag nanalo ako, bili kita ng gift,” I had promised my apo.
She giggles, “He he he. Kung magsalita ka, Lo, para kang si Binay.”
I am not giving up on Jojo.
Of the many reasons why, the really obvious one is that my faith in Jojo hasn’t wavered at any point in the campaign, nor had it in the period of his terrible damning in the media even before that. I had known Jojo from as far back as our camaraderie in the anti-dictatorship struggle against Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1972 and in the years thereafter. A staunch advocate of human rights, champion of the working class and a fearless defender of the oppressed and exploited, he stands as the best equipped to put in place a truly pro-people government, one which addresses in a comprehensive, lasting manner the multifarious social, political, and economic concerns of the people. He recognizes, for instance, that such problems as criminality and corruption in government are rooted in one single social ill which is poverty. Cure poverty and you do away with criminals and corrupt government officials.
Now, television coverage of the election just passed sees Jojo ranking below Duterte, Grace Liamanzares, Mar Roxas, in that order, being on top only of Miriam Defensor Santiago.
I say, what a truly sorry development for one who until February was still topping his opponents in pre-poll surveys. In literature, it’s bad plot to have one dropping from success to failure. This is what appears to be depicted now in Jojo.
I just can’t take that. Once in the past, I titled one article of mine in this paper this way: “Hitting Binay is a beating I can’t take without a couterpunch.” I wrote the article as a retort to a slamming Jojo got from someone who happened to have in Roxas my kind of faith in Jojo. This time around, I’d say “Putting Binay down in the count is a cheat I can’t take without raising hell.”
As one televiewer commented on Jojo’s hitting 4th as shown on the screen, “Something must be wrong here.”
To me it’s not just something. It’s a terrible one, too.
What was taking place was an exact – repeat and in all caps, EXACT – replication in actual vote count of the results of pre-poll surveys in the period from April to first week of May, to wit: Duterte, 35%; Liamanzares, 26%; Roxas, 20%; and Jojo, 14%, with Santiago in 5th at 5%. The partial unofficial tally shown on television screens as of 8:00 Monday evening was Duterte, 11 million; Liamanzares, 6 million; Roxas, 5 million; Jojo, 4 million; Santiago, 1 million.
With the registered voters who cast their votes at 54 million and the turnout at 75%, those who actually voted should number 40 million. Now, at 8:00 Monday evening when allegedly, as claimed by the telecast vote count on ABS-CBN, 60% of votes cast in the election have been accounted for, meaning 32 million, Duterte was scoring 11 million. And how much per cent of 32 million is 11 million? 35%!
Exactly how the surveys between April and May 9 have scored for Duterte. As though election were one simple exercise of computer programming, which, indeed, now it was turning out to be so.
Philippine election has gone to the dogs.
You do your own computation and see how the telecast vote counts for Liamanzares, Roxas and Santiago perfectly conform as well to some pre-conceived formula of depicting the Davao City Butcher as winner of Presidential Election 2016.
And now the ultimate revelation. By 8:00 Monday evening, Jojo was being assigned the count of 4 million – at an hour when 60% of votes cast, or 32 million, have been accounted for. How much in percentage of 32 million is 4 million? 14%!
14% is exactly what the surveys between April and May 9 were assigning to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay!
14% in the surveys, 14% in the votes. It’s not just probability, as all surveys are. It’s probability matching reality to a T. In criminology, this would be very highly suspect. Criminals are also human and it’s understandable that they commit mistakes. The absence of the factor of mistake in the actuations of a crime suspect betrays meticulous planning of the crime, which ultimately indicates his guilt.
Jojo could not have been but done in from the very start. A powerful entity has been in command of the whole process. It is probably to his utter regret now that he realizes his purity of intention to bring good governance to the people is powerless against the ogre manipulating results in the labyrinth of the Philippine electoral process.
Jojo was never up against Duterte. He was pitted against a machination that gained control over the Comelec, its top operators and the technology of its electoral equipment; control over the trimedia and thousands of trolls in the social media; control over survey entities and over people’s psyche by which thereby to perfectly match abstract survey results with concrete warm bodies.
According to a friend political analyst, no local entity is capable of wielding such enormous power over Philippine elections. It involves logistics which only the CIA is capable of having.
Poor Jojo. Does he realize he had been thrown back to those days when together we were shouting: “Down with US imperialism!” Calls like that, you don’t do with elections. You do with revolution.