Regardless of how detractors malign the nature of the relationship between the President and the Marcoses, it cannot be denied that some kind of a relationship exists. Political ideologies may be a factor but it is actually more simple. Much of President’s support comes from the political base of the Marcoses. Du30 acknowledges this by thanking Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on many occasions during the elections and after. Bongbong Marcos ran under the ticket of the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago which is vital in the game. It helps strategically because anti-Marcos supporters of Du30 did not think twice about voting for him.
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Winning Presidential Votes
President Du30 got 16.6 million votes. Assuming that all of the 5.9 million voters of his running mate, then Senator and now Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano voted for him, this would still leave 10.7 million votes which he received from those who voted for other vice-presidential candidates. Considering that there are claims that the votes of the President should have been around 21 million, that would even be the lower limit.
Bongbong Marcos’ Vital Votes
Bongbong Marcos got 14.1 million votes, at least according to the final results, something that he contests at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Taking this as the lower limit of his possible number of votes, and assuming that all the 1.5 million voters of Miriam Defensor-Santiago voted for him, this would mean that there are at least 12.6 million Marcos voters who voted for other presidential candidates.
Political Basis of Marcos’s Votes for Du30
It is logical to assume that a big majority of these 12.6 million voters would have voted for Du30. A lesser number of Marcos voters would have voted for former Vice President Jojo Binay and Senator Grace Poe. It is safe to assume that a Roxas-Marcos voter is a rare thing. Thus, it is hard to dismiss the contribution of the Marcos political base to the electoral success of the President.
Du30 Supporters Come to Like Marcos
It is hard to imagine that an anti-Marcos voter can accept Bongbong Marcos as Vice President simply because he is an ally of the President. Many of the President’s supporters remain anti-Marcos. However, if it is a choice between the namesake of Ferdinand Marcos or the Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo, it is a no-brainer. A number of pro-Du30 supporters now prefer Bongbong Marcos more after Robredo’s self-destructive moves. Thereby, many are hoping for the immediate resolution of his election protest against her through a recount. That would make him the legible heir to the Presidency.