Senatorial aspirant and public health advocate Dr. Minguita Padilla trusts that the people who showed up in their town hall forums, and other supporters they met along the way, will be there for her and her fellow candidates in Lacson campaign trail come Election Day.
In a virtual interview with Politiko digital media, Monday (May 2), Dr. Padilla said she is personally not threatened by the number of crowds attending other political candidates’ rallies, the block voting lists of religious organizations, or the pre-election poll figures that are being released to the public.
According to Dr. Padilla, the reason behind her optimism is the fact that voters can still change their minds even at the last-minute, similar to how presidential candidate Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson and his running mate Senate Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III have been approaching this year’s electoral landscape.
“I don’t think ‘yung (the) number of people in a rally is a measure necessarily ng boto mo (of your vote) on May 9. Until the very last minute, hindi mo alam kung anong magiging boto ng tao (you really cannot be certain about who the people will vote for),” Dr. Padilla said.
The career ophthalmologist said she is aware that some people only go to campaign rallies just to be entertained by celebrity guests who perform in those activities, some even get paid to attend or are offered traditional perks, and she doesn’t blame them for buying into these marketing strategies.
“Mga katulong ng kapatid ko, kunwari, sila’y para sa kandidatong ito pero pumunta sila sa ibang rally, sinasabi naman nila hindi kami boboto doon, doon pa rin kami sa isa. Kaya lang pumunta kami kasi may concert,” she said.
[Just like the househelps of my sister, for example. They would pretend they are supporting this particular candidate, but they would also go to a different rally, and they would say ‘no, we’re not going to vote for them. We’re sticking to the other one. We just went because of the concert.’]
Dr. Padilla is convinced that, at the end of the day, the intelligent and conscientious voters among millions of Filipinos will come around and elect those who they believe presented the best possible solutions to the problems plaguing our nation.
“Kasi kung minsan, on the day itself, may mangyayari [or] the day before, may mangyayari parang makokonsensya ka. Something will snap in your mind, lalo na ngayon napakagulo ng mundo. We always tell people isipin natin ang mga problema ng bayan [at] mga problema ng mundo,” she said.
[Because sometimes, on the day itself, something will happen or the day before, something will happen that will bother your conscience. Something will snap in your mind, especially now that the world is in chaos. We always tell people, let’s think about the problems of our nation and the world.]
Dr. Padilla also mentioned she is counting on the ‘multiplier effect’ of people that they managed to convert as supporters through their interactive town hall meetings during the campaign period. She believes these are ‘quality engagements’ who will help turn the tide for the entire Lacson-Sotto team.
“So, you know, hindi naman kami talagang nate-threatened. Ang mas importante sa amin ‘yung engagement ng crowd. Kasi kahit ‘yung crowd mo ay 1,000 lang or maybe up to 4,000, ‘yung mga taong ‘yun ay magma-marites,” according to the aspiring senator.
[So, you know, we really do not feel threatened. What is more important for us is the engagement of the crowd. Because even if you only have 1,000 (people in the) crowd or maybe up to 4,000, those people will pass the word around.]
“Sasabihin sa ilan or else ilalagay nila sa Facebook nila (They will tell it to the others or else put it on their Facebook…) So, there’s always a multiplying effect. It’s the quality of the engagement that’s important to us,” Dr. Padilla added.