From the Margins to the Margin of VIctory

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April 23,2016

From the Margins to the Margin of VIctory

By Arturo P. Garcia

13012639_10206509702766650_4250695187210728420_nThe Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have given their Ambassadors and Head of Mission a dressing down this week.

It was because less than 9,000 overseas Filipinos have voted for the May 9 elections. This despite the fact that the overseas voting started last April 9, 2016

There are more than 1.3 million overseas voters around the world. At least 276,000 of them are in the United States.

Global Filipino Votes

Looking at this number, the Filipino global votes can be compared to a vote rich region in the Philippines or at least a vote rich province like Cebu or Pangasinan.

That is why the intervention of Lewis on behalf of the FilAm community and the recent PH Supreme Court decision that favor the Filipinos overseas cut the COMELEC into size is very timely.

Garcia added, “The Grace Poe For President Movement (GPPM) in North America and USA is elated that overseas Filipinos all over the world for now can continue campaigning for their preferred national candidates in the May 2016 elections despite the ongoing overseas absentee voting.”

From Being Marginalized to the Margin of Victory

For a long time since the overseas absentee voting was introduced to give Filipinos abroad a chance to vote in Philippine Presidential Elections, the number of voters dramatically increase to today’s number of 1.3 million voters.

From being marginalized, the Filipinos abroad now is a force to reckon with and can provide the margin of victory for a presidential candidate.

It can also make or break, a senatorial candidate and can give him or her a margin in the Magic 12. 600,000 votes out of 1.3 million overseas voters is enough margin to win a seat in the Senate.

With the multi-party system in the Philippines, political analysts, and everybody is expecting a very close fight.

With five candidates, the margin of victory is projected to only 600, 000 votes or 25% to 30% of the vote.

It started with the 1986 elections during Marcos time when Marcos won the elections over Cory Aquino with less than 600,000 votes. It was repeated when General Fidel Ramos won in 1992. It was repeated when Gloria Macapagal Arroyo won over Fernando Poe
Jr. with less than 800,000 votes has become a trend.

Now the Filipinos abroad can now exercise not only their economic power but also their political power by the power of the ballot and voting power.

Thus, Filipino dual citizens and green card holders must come out in force and vote. Practice your rights and provide the margin of victory to your choice candidate.

Let every vote counts!

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