Social Media Determine Presidential Election Outcome in the Philippines
Social media determine presidential election outcomes these days, so it makes sense young people will decide the May 9 elections in the Philippines. They will determine whether Rodrigo Duterte, Jejomar Binay, Mar Roxas, or Grace Poe becomes the next president of the country. Almost half of the electorate in the Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people is under the age of 35.
Duterte, who launched his campaign on the 9th of February with assistance from volunteers, cannot succeed unless the young people at the heart of his grass-roots movement translate their media skills into votes at the ballot boxes on the 9th of May.
Recent surveys indicate how important social justice is to young people who increasingly see a bleak future for themselves in a world in which an increasingly smaller segment of the population dominates a larger segment of the population.
In Davao City, the capital of Mindanao, the southernmost of the three principal island divisions of the Philippines, Duterte has overseen a dramatic transformation. He has turned one of the murder capitals of the world into one of the safest cities in the world. He has eradicated criminals from the streets and from the ranks of government.
Duterte pledges to do the same across the Philippines if elected president of the country. The growing legions of supporters behind Duterte believe in him. Not only can he do it. He will do it.