During “ThinkPH,” it was mentioned that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) aims for a 99% internet penetration in the Philippines by 2015. Bold agenda!
If that is fulfilled, then, for one, reports on acts of good or evil from almost anywhere in the country would be a tweet, Facebook status, or Instagram post away.
Question is, can such penetration be the same for local elections?
That social media will drive elections, however, is a different story for “ThinkPH” panelists Rep. Toby Tiangco and Rep. Miro Quimbo. They pointed out that sorties and door-to-door campaigning remain indispensable as these allow personal interactions between candidates and voters.
Interestingly, the top senatorial candidate, Sen. Grace Poe, aced the election with little presence in social media. She was active through TV spots and debates. Her being the daughter of actors Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces might’ve also boost her recall.
The lesson here is whichever platform candidates use, focused and consistent message is crucial in getting through voters. Sen. Grace didn’t look like a “politician” (if you know what I’m saying), and perhaps, Filipinos are hungry for leaders like her who will just get down to business and serve the people.