In line with Pablo David, Bishop of Caloocan, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of the Philippines (CBCP), 31 million voters have been “seduced by the darkish.” A lot of those that misplaced the camps mirror the bishop’s view.
Precisely The New York Occasions: “Political lies have been uncovered on social media throughout the marketing campaign.”
The Japan Occasions concurred: “He (Marcos) used social media to focus on younger voters who had little data of the brutal dictator.”
So, have been these elections gained by social media propaganda?
Because the concrete information beneath exhibits, Filipino voters will not be a senseless mass scammed on the Web. As a substitute, we voted, as we have now completed at the very least since 1986, by selecting the chief whose persona appears greatest suited to our huge issues.
The reality about on-line propaganda
What weakens the declare of on-line deception is that tv continues to be the main information supply.
In a Pulse Asia survey final September, TV was listed as a information supply by 91 % of respondents, practically doubling, citing the web with 48 % and radio itemizing 49 %. Household and associates collected 36 %.
Almost two-thirds of these surveyed accessed the Web, whereas solely 41 % of these on-line used the Web for information and different supplies on authorities points. And solely 1 / 4 of the 63 % on-line obtain electoral content material this manner.
Due to this fact, solely 16 % of Filipinos (1 / 4 of the 63 % with web entry) obtain details about election points on-line.
What about household and associates? Perhaps they shared and mentioned political points on social media? Just one in 5 folks surveyed talk about politics with household, associates or coworkers by way of messaging apps.
So, whereas trolls and disinformation abound on the Web, Filipino voters might not have been largely uncovered to them, in line with the Pulse Asia survey (https://www.pulseasia.ph/september-2021-nationwide-survey-on-news-sources-and-internet) -use-social-media-and-instant-messaging-apps/).
As for tv and radio, at the very least on nationwide tv, the popular information outlet, there isn’t a recall of a high-rated piece of propaganda favoring the election chief or his household.
In reality, the media has persistently given unfavorable information about him, from corruption and abuses throughout his father’s rule to his personal discussions of his Oxford research, tax crime conviction, household’s property tax invoice, and skipping controversy.
Presidents we elect and why
So what explains the bulk vote for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., if on-line propaganda is not all that overwhelming?
How about 35 %?
That is his share of the votes he and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo collected within the VP race. Thus, as of 2016, Marcos already had 35 % to construct on in his quest to achieve 50 %.
VP Robredo began with the identical fundamental assist. However his important stance in opposition to the immensely common President Rodrigo Duterte eroded his stance.
As seen in public approval polls, the Vice President’s score dropped when he had sturdy variations with the President and rebounded when he remained silent. Nevertheless, it is unclear whether or not the surge was resulting from his criticism or the media and troll assaults directed at him when he had bother with President Duterte.