By: Jessa H. Abella
The Philippine Presidential elections are taking place today, March 9, 2022. According to a pre-election Pulse Asia survey, presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is leading, followed by Maria Leanor "Leni" Robredo.
The two candidates came out on top in four successive polls. The key front-runners for the next president have elevated the stakes of the election, making it a fight for the Filipino people to select who is deserving of the position. As a political strategy, supporters from diverse camps have shown their unity in their own distinctive ways on various social media platforms.
One of the most significant characteristics that a voter should consider is selecting the right candidate who is capable of addressing and responding to challenges such as the country's national defense and other more pressing matters that concern the country and its citizens.
On the other hand, the proliferation of fake news is one issue confronting this election. Enabling this activity may further perplex voters, increasing the likelihood of being duped.
In today's election, adolescents, or so-called prime movers, make for around 56 percent of voters. Without a doubt, some Filipino adolescents are susceptible to deceptions such as false information and propaganda.
Others are unaware of the candidate's potential role in governance. Some chose it based on their popularity, facial attributes, and other unrelated requirements for the post. This is a concerning problem since youngsters must exercise caution and think carefully about who they pick.
Aside from that, society and the environment in which an individual lives should go out of their way to guide and lead them to pick the most competent candidate for the post for which they are running.
Regardless of the false claims, we are taking a position for one candidate, either publicly or privately. At the end of the day, the person who merits the position will lead the country and demonstrate their commitment to their words.