Celebs and Netizens on Twitter slammed Pampanga Representative Mikey Arroyo for his proposal to postpone the 2022 elections.
Actress Nikki Valdez noted that surely those who were able to go to the opening of the Manila Bay White Sand project can participate and vote.
Nope. Di nga natakot magpapicture sa pekeng white sand nung nagbukas eh. Bumoto pa kaya?!
— NVG (@nikkivaldez_) September 24, 2020
Pia Magalona noted the COMELEC Chair’s response saying that it is up to the Congress and the President. She noted that it would be a conflict of interest.
Bakit sya ang magde-decide?!? Conflict of interest MUCH!! https://t.co/Vk44fHQjAR
— Pia Magalona ⁷ #DefendOurFreedom (@piamagalona) September 24, 2020
Actor Jason Abalos urged constituents of Pampanga to vote and unseat their representative.
Cancel daw 2022 election dahil pandemya, sa pampangga nag mula. Cancel nyo nga yang nakaupo na yan sarap na sarap sa pwesto.
— jason abalos (@thejasonabalos) September 24, 2020
Host Gretchen Ho also urged voters to register to vote and not be afraid.
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) September 24, 2020
Additionally, host Jules Guiang noted that this is the start of mind conditioning. He also criticized the opening of Manila Bay with its lack of social distancing. He also compared the event to voting polls who will be practicing strict social distancing.
Ayan na. Mind conditioning. Scared of the pandemic pero nagpa-event sa Manila Bay? Tapos yung #voterregistration na may strict social distancing gusto niyo ipahinto, ngayon naman pagpostpone ng #Halalan2022
Nakakagalit. Talagang gagamitin nila ang pandemya para sa kapangyarihan. pic.twitter.com/9WVYStYTWI
— jules guiang 🇵🇭 (@JULESguiang) September 24, 2020
Reporter Jeff Canoy also tweeted his opinion on the news.
— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) September 24, 2020
Entertainment Journalist MJ Felipe also added his two cents to the issue and urged voters to go out and vote.
RT this tweet if hindi ka takot bumoto sa 2022 at excited ka nang iexercise ang iyong karapatan to VOTE!!!! Ako, hindi ako takot BUMOTO. https://t.co/dFAjZU5R8V
— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) September 24, 2020
Other netizens also expressed their opinion on the proposal. They urged voters to register and vote.
“Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw maraming dahilan.”
— Kevin Manalo (@kevinmanalo_) September 24, 2020
NO. We, the youth voters are not afraid. These politicians are just terrified. Making this pandemic an excuse to postpone #Halalan2022 is bullshit. But y’all are allowing people to go to ‘white sand’ beaches? Now I’m more excited to vote your shitty asses out. https://t.co/zJNcLacEBr
— Kerwin King (@imkerwinking) September 24, 2020
Former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larazabal noted that the power to postpone elections belongs to the people via National Electoral Exercise.
FYI – CANCELLATION of an elections rests with the PEOPLE. No official, not the President, not Congress, not any other office can cancel an election.
Only the people via a NATIONAL electoral exercise can cancel an election.
— Goyo Y. Larrazabal 🇵🇭 (@GoyYLarrazabal) September 24, 2020