“Ang Probinsyano,” helmed by actor Coco Martin has been winning the ratings game for years and its popularity has extended beyond the television screen. If elections were held today, Ricardo “Cardo” Dalisay would easily win as barangay chairman.
And it really comes as no surprise because the seemingly endless journey of Cardo to find justice for the death of his brother and later, his son has been followed by millions of Filipinos locally and abroad, catapulting the show to record ratings since it started in September, 2015.
As proof of the character’s popularity, Dalisay posted a win over other fictional characters in the series in the mock polls for Barangay Chairman recently held by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Cardo won over 20 other characters vying for the post which included “Ang Probinsyano” villain Rosauro Almario, played by actor Edu Manzano and Lolo Delfin aka General Borja, played by Jaime Fabregas.
On the Barangay Kagawad front, it was Diana Olegario (Angel Aquino) who topped the polls while for the Sangguniang Kabataan, it was another series villain Brandon Cabrera (Mark Anthony Fernandez) who took the win.
While the roster of candidates were picked out of popular television characters, the mock polls was held by the Comelec in all seriousness to prepare for the actual barangay and SK elections set for May 14. The simulation was conducted among 100 participants and was intended to identify possible problems that may arise come election time.
“One of the issues is with the 18 to 30 years old. The voter interchanged the ballots for SK and Barangay. The solution here is voter education that’s why we are partnering with the National Youth Commission to help educate those who will receive two ballots,” Comelec Acting Chairman Al Parreno told reporters in a press briefing.
Aside from intensifying the training of teachers who will serve as Board of Election Tellers on measures to prevent ballot confusion, the Comelec is also doubling up on security for the barangay polls, since historically, it is one of the most hotly contested elections in the country.
To address possible conflicts on election day, the Comelec will coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces on the plan of action for tense situations.
All in all, the issues encountered during the simulation were considered minimal and will be tackled during the Comelec’s en banc session next week.
“Rest assured that we will do our best to ensure the smooth conduct of May 14 polls,” Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas said at the end of the activity.