Analyst sees 4 dominant emotions in 2016 polls
Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBN News
MANILA - Filipino voters in this year's elections are motivated by four dominant emotions, a political analyst observed.
First is frustration, political analyst Dr. Julio Teehankee told radio dzMM on Monday, Election Day.
"Frustration, kasi nagtiwala tayo eh, umasa, tapos napako yung mga pangako," Teehankee said, referring to voters who find the current administration lacking in terms of providing basic services.
Next comes anger and then fear, he said. "Natatakot na tayo, ano ba ang mangyayari sa kinabukasan natin?"
Following fear is cynicism, or the point when voters become "desperate," according to Teehankee.
"Kahit ano pwede diyan. Lumalabas na sobrang desperate, kahit ano susubukan," he explained. "At kung sino ang pinakamabilis na mangako na 'lulutasin ko yan,' hindi na yung mga kwento-kwento, 'aayusin ko yan,' eh yun ang pumutok, yun ang kinagat ng mga tao."
Among the five presidential candidates, the trash-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been hailed by his supporters for his no-nonsense approach to crime, which many see as the way to keeping peace and order in the country.
Duterte has been leading in recent voter preference surveys.
"Ipakita na ibalik yung order. Basic lang. Na mapatakbo ng maayos ang mga tren, ang traffic malutas. Ito yung mga maliliit na bagay na naipon-ipon na, na ngayon ay pinaghuhugutan ng galit ng mga mamamayan," said Teehankee.
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The caveat here, however, according to Teehankee, is that the candidate who benefited from the anger of the Filipino people must truly be able to deliver his promises.
"Kung sinuman ang nakinabang sa galit na yun, kailangan ipatupad niya yung pangako niya... Sobrang heightened yung expectations. Kaya nga tayo nandito sa puntong ito dahil malaki yung umasa nung nakaraan, eh isipin niyo na lang pag ito ang pumalpak," he said.
National artist for literature Francisco Sionil José earlier said that he believes the Duterte vote is the voice of Filipinos angered by ''corruption at all levels of our society'' and lack of inclusive growth.
''If Duterte wins the election, his victory will be brought about by millions of Filipinos fed up with corruption at all levels of our society, and frustrated that the gains of the Aquino administration do not translate into their improved welfare and safety. The Duterte vote is the voice of angry Filipinos,'' he said.
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Meanwhile, Ramon "Bong" Osorio, advertising and public relations expert, urged voters to respect the results of the election, even if their chosen candidate does not end victorious.
"Ano naman gagawin natin kung isang kandidato na hindi mo binoto ang nanalo? Magmumukmok ka na lang ba diyan, magdadabog o hindi ka magco-cooperate? I think that's not the way to go," Osorio said.
"Dapat galangin, lalo na pag alam natin na lumabas nang walang pandaraya, walang kalokohang ginawa," he added.