- Filipinos all over the world exercised their rights to vote in the midterm election on May 13
- Even celebrities casted their votes
- Many netizens, including celebrities, were not happy with the partial and unofficial tally of the senatorial race that was released on May 14
- Celebrities expressed their sentiments through social media
Millions of Filipino people exercised their rights to vote yesterday, May 13. Filipinos all over the world counted themselves in and voted for the ‘deserving’ candidates who they think will lead the country at its finest.
It’s the time where Filipinos stand together with hopes that our future leaders will serve rightfully with justice and eye for the poor for the betterment of our motherland.
Even local celebrities joined the nation and cast their votes and took a photo of themselves showing the ink on their fingers. Some of the celebrities were:
Jak Roberto and Sanya Lopez
McCoy de Leon
Other artists who exercised their rights for suffrage were Matteo Guidicelli, Vice Ganda, Iza Calsado, Angeline Quinto, Kim Chiu, Janella Salvador, Daniel Padilla, Enchong Dee, Boobay, Robin Padilla, Mariel Rodriguez, Ruby Rodriguez, Dianne Medina, Heart Evangelista, Rodjun Cruz, Dingdong Dantes, Sunshine Cruz, Sheena Halili, and Celeste Legazpi.
Sadly, even celebrities experienced hassle in voting when the vote counting machines encountered trouble.
One of them is the ‘Magandang Buhay’ host Karla Estrada. The vote counting machine didn’t accept the ballots that she had to wait for a machine replacement to cast her vote.
Aside from them, other celebrity politicians also voted in their hometowns. With their family or not, they exercised their rights. Some of them were Vilma Santos-Recto, senatorial candidate Lito Lapid, Imelda Papin, running for congressman Richard Yap, Antipolo mayoral candidate Andrea Bautista-Ynares, and Cainta vice mayoral candidate Gary Estrada.
The Goin’ Bulilit star Romy “Dagul” Pastrana also run as councilor in Rodriguez, Rizal with his aim to help senior citizen and PWDs (Persons With Disabilities).
The partial and unofficial tally of the 12 leading candidates in the senatorial race was released last night at around 6 pm.
The 12 leading senators are:
- Cynthia Villar
- Grace Poe
- Bong Go
- Pia Cayetano
- Bato dela Rosa
- Edgardo Sonny Angara
- Imee Marcos
- Lito Lapid
- Francis Tolentino
- Nancy Binay
- Bong Revilla
- JV Ejercito
Bam Aquino fell to the 13th spot, while Koko Pimentel, Jinggoy Estrada, and Mar Roxas settled on the 14th, 15th, and 16th spots respectively.
But there were changes in the position of the candidates as latest partial and unofficial tally was released today, May 14 at around 7:40 in the morning.
In the latest tally, Lito Lapid stepped up on the 7th spot replacing Imee Marcos who fell to the 8th spot.From 14, Koko rose to 10th spot while Nancy Binay landed on the 11th position. Bong Revilla still made it in the Top 12 kicking out JV Ejercito who fell to the 13th spot.
With this results, many netizens, including celebrities, expressed their disappointments and sentiments through social media. This, after some of the senatorial aspirants who made it to the Top 12 included those who had a history of cases related to corruption.
One of them is ‘Kadenang Ginto’ actor Adrian Alandy who shared his sentiments on Twitter.
In one of his posts he wrote, “Talaga bang nasa top 12 ang mga kriminal at magnanakaw?! Ano bang nangyayari sa Pilipinas?! Gusto nyo talaga ah!!”
In his other post, he bravely named the candidates he loathes (Bong Revilla and Imee Marcos) and asked if the money they stole from the country wasn’t enough.
In his latest post, the actor wished that the 13th runner JV Ejercito will surpass Bong Revilla in the senatorial race.
Even Felix Roco was dismayed with how the results turned out.
He tweeted, “May tanong ako para sa mga bumoto kay revilla… alam niyo ba magnanakaw siya?”
Wag mong sasabihin mahal mo bansa mo kung magnanakaw binoto mo…..flying kick sa leeg aabutin mo
— Felix Roco (@felix_roco) May 13, 2019
In his other post, he chided the people who voted for Revilla saying that they don’t really love the country, since they voted for a thief.
Voting here in the philippines is just tang ina pare
— Felix Roco (@felix_roco) May 13, 2019
Kapuso hunk Kristoffer Martin also shared his opinion regarding the result of the midterm elections.
He tweeted, “Nalulungkot ako sa resulta. Ano Pinas? Gusto natin ng asenso pero di natin masimulan sa tamang boto?”
Nalulungkot ako sa resulta. Ano Pinas? Gusto natin ng asenso pero di natin masimulan sa tamang boto?
— Kristoffer Martin (@flinsTUNs) May 13, 2019
The ‘Dragon Lady’ star Janine Gutierrez also aired her disappointment on Twitter.
On her Twitter account she wrote, “OMG PILIPINAS YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART”
OMG PILIPINAS YOU'RE BREAKING MY HEART
— 🌺JANINE (@janinegutierrez) May 13, 2019
Kapuso actress Bea Binene also shared her dismay with the unofficial results.
“What is happening, Pilipinas 🙁 ”
What is happening, Pilipinas 🙁
— Bea Binene (@beabinene) May 14, 2019
‘Buwan’ singer JK Labajo aired his grievances on his Twitter account upon seeing the current partial results of the senatorial race.
The reason why many netizens, including celebrities, castigate Revilla is due to the fact that he was arrested but now acquitted from plunder case filed against him. He was accused of misuse of the money allocation when he was still a senator.
Imee Marcos on the other hand, is the daughter of the late and former President of the country, Ferdinand Marcos who faced different cases of corruption and violence during his dictatorship period. They were even accused of stealing the wealth of the country.