Here they are, the winners and losers of the 2016 Elections.
Best Performance In A Leading Role- Rody Duterte.
Like Trump, Rody understood the dynamics of the news cycle, how any news is good news. His off-again, on-again decision to run, his outrageous statements and provocative style monopolized the headlines. He alone focused on Peace and Order while his rivals concentrated on Corruption, Poverty and Traffic which was a crowded space.
Worst Performance In A Leading Role- Jojo Binay.
Jojo’s early lead, war chest and network could have lulled him into complacency. He was disdainful of the debates. He was a one-trick pony “I will bring Makati to the Philippines”. The corruption charges hurt but had become stale: Jojo was still leading at over 30% for much of the campaign. Duterte basically ate his lunch: Rody had the same pluses as Binay –successful big city Mayor, protest vote- without the baggage.
Best Performance In A Supporting Role- Sen. Cayetano.
Alan was singly responsible for Marcos’ defeat in the VP race. He was relentless against Bong2 in the debates. Without Alan, Marcos might have been Rody’s VP, garnished the Mindanao vote and won running away. Leni owes Alan one.
Worst Performance In A Supporting Role- Sen. Escudero.
Chiz went from 30% in the polls to 11%. He was listless and disinterested in the debates. He was non-competitive in his bailiwick of Bicol. He appeared unconcerned but secure at the end. Heart, what happened?
Best Performance In A Non-Starring Role- Iglesia Ni Cristo.
If you ask why Sen. Osmena did not win, why Joel Villanueva was number two, and why Kiki Pangilinan and Leila de Lima almost did not make it but Ralph Recto did, the answer is INC. Exit polls showed 75% of INC voters followed the INC slate. These bloc votes put INC-backed candidates ahead of Serge, Kiko and Leila while boosting Joel and Ralph.
A close second is COMELEC and Andy Bautista for running a relatively smooth election.
Worst Performance In A Non-Starring Role- The Church, Makati Business Club leaders and the elitists for not getting Duterte right.
Lifetime Achievement Award- To Miriam Santiago for her body of work and for just hanging in there.
Best Screenplay From Original Material- The Leni Robredo Story.
Accepting the award were PNoy, Mar, Bam Aquino, Leni’s campaign manager, and Serge Osmena, her political strategist.
Worst Screenplay From Recyled Material- The Gringo Honasan Story.
Best Sequel- Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.:The Revenge of Ferdinand Marcos.
Bongbong correctly predicted he could combine his name recall, changed youth demographics, the northern vote, INC, his money and the dissatisfaction with the Aquino Administration; to run a competitive race for the Vice-Presidency. This equation would outweigh the legacy of his father and Martial Law. He was 263,000 votes short (0.5% of votes cast), not good enough but not bad for a shoo-in as Senator in 2019 and another VP or Presidential run in 2022. He is 58 years old.
Marcos should consult Mar whether to protest the results. It may appear sour-graping. It is expensive. Leni is genuinely popular: Excluding the obligatory INC votes, Leni would have beaten him by over a million. It will remain unresolved. I would not hold my breath.
Worst Sequel – Daan Matuwid: Part II.
Enamored with its macro-economic numbers, the Liberal Party failed to discern the underlying disenchantment with the income inequality, urban congestion and crime. The Administration focused on big time corruption when the man in the street worried about petty crime –cell phone snatching, drugs, low level bribes. Part II proved what Hollywood knows, that sequels are never as good as the original.
Best Campaign Slogan- Stop It, Just Stop It.
Worst Campaign Slogan- This was a tie between “ I will bring Makati to the Philippines” and “Daan Matuwid”.
Best Debate Question- Duterte to an ailing Miriam Santiago: “How Are You?”
At that point Rody was polling at 30%, Miriam at 2%.
Worst Debate Question- To the Presidentiables in the second debate: “Are you corrupt?”
Guess the answers.
Best Debate Answer- “I will copy the best programs of the others. I have been doing that since grade school” (Duterte).
Worst Debate Answers- “I inherited my wealth” (Binay) and “What hidden wealth?” (Marcos).
Best Legal Decision- The Supreme Court allowing Grace Poe to run for President.
Worst Legal Decision- The Supreme Court not ruling whether Grace Poe is a natural-born citizen.
Best Political Advice- From PNoy and Mar: “Leni, you can be Vice-President”.
Worst Political Advice- From Chiz and the polls: “Grace, you can be President”.
Best Electoral Decision- Leni’s to run for VP.
Worst Electoral Decision- Grace’s to run for President.
Had Grace accepted PNoy’s offer for the Vice-Presidency, she would have been a slam dunk and the leading candidate for President in 2022.
Most Debated Question- Will Leni be President by 2021?
The Overall Winner- The Filipino People.
They thumbed their nose at the elite and sent word they are tired of being ignored and oppressed. They rejected the corrupt, the carpet baggers and the fake. They chose a President who has vowed to shake the Establishment and realize their dreams while electing a reliable back-up if he does not.