Majority of Canada Pinoys pick Digong, Bongbong

Vanessa Merjudio David, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

OTTAWA – Filipinos in Canada voted and the majority of them chose Rodrigo Duterte for president and Bongbong Marcos for vice president.

The partial, unofficial consolidated results of Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver suggest Duterte garnered 9,676 votes. Mar Roxas came in second and Miriam Defensor-Santiago in third.

There was a high turnout of voters in Ottawa. Thirty-four percent out of the 7,333 registered voters voted, which is a 600 percent increase from past elections.

Voter turnout in Toronto was 8,924 voters out of 34,647 registered voters. Meanwhile, in Vancouver 11,400 Pinoys participated in the election out of 30,00 registered voters.

“We’re very happy with the voter turnout this year," Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia said.

"In Canada, we have an aggregate of more than 70,000 registered voters, which is 5 percent of all the voters worldwide. It’s a very significant number of voters," she added.

Norberto Mandin Jr. from PDP-Laban political party is happy with the voter turnout but thinks it is not enough to influence more Filipinos to vote.

“Maganda naman ang turnout kasi nag increase sila unlike last elections, konti lang yung bomoto. Pero para sa akin kulang pa rin kasi dapat malaman ng ibang Pilipino na kailangan nila mag exercise ng kanilang pagboto kahit nandito na sila," Mandin said.

Manuel Cadiz, who travelled to Ottawa from Toronto, is hoping for the best from a Duterte government even though his own presidential bet has conceded.

“One thing that’s positive for me is the Democratic process. So far it’s been transparent. That’s what’s important for me,” Cadiz said.

With the race for vice president Leni Robredo and Marcos still tight, Tess Tesalona from Montreal questioned Marcos.

“Yun ang kagustuhan ng mga mamamayan. Parang landslide para kay Duterte. Ang nakakalungkot lang din, parang hindi na remember ng mga tao ang nangyari nung martial law. Kasi bakit nandito na naman si Marcos,” Tesalona said.

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