May 15, 2010

So did you vote for Ang Ladlad?

I did and I hope you did too!

Unfortunately, it’s very unlikely that Ang Ladlad will get a congressional seat this year. Based on unofficial vote tallies, Ang Ladlad only got around 106,000 votes, placing the party in the 60s ranking (though this is much, much better than majority of the other parties). Ang Ladlad needs around a total of 150,000 votes to place it in the top 50 parties and thus giving it a very strong chance of getting one seat.

Still, it’s not bad. Ang Ladlad is now on the ballot and has been given equal rights to participate in the Party-list election. I’m sure the party is now planning ahead to get more votes in the 2013 election. My opinion is that Ang Ladlad needs more visibility despite getting plenty of news coverage.

That said, I’m actually quite happy with the results in my clustered precinct (see the image below). I checked out the breakdown of results at COMELEC’s election website and found out that if the national results reflected my clustered precinct’s voting record, then Ang Ladlad would be getting 2 seats in Congress! :-) How cool is that? (I wonder who those other 17 people who voted for Ang Ladlad were? I hope one of them was the cute guy I saw at the polling place. Hehehe.)


Mu[g]en wrote on May 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM:

Voted for them. Heard most discreets didn't. Lol.

Ming Meows wrote on May 15, 2010 at 3:32 PM:

Patang ako lang yata din ang bomoto sa buong bayan namin. kulang pa sa exposure.

Tony wrote on May 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM:

a few people I have talked to (especially in the province) told me that they couldn't find "Ladlad" on the partylist section of their ballots. I told them that it's "ANG Ladlad" and not "Ladlad" only.

The confusion is understandable and sad since there was no visibility past the news coverages.

Most people who promised financial support for "Ang Ladlad" didn't follow through with their promise (even those running for higher offices) meant no flyers, posters etc (I had to print my own posters to put it up in my establishments). I saw how barebones their campaigning was with most people volunteering their free time while juggling a day job.

All things considered? It did pretty well and definitely something to look out for in the next elections.

@Mugen: They understand that "Ang Ladlad" will be a hard sell to discreets and closeted since they might think that they want to force people to come out of the closet. Part of their campaign was to change this image.

somelostboy wrote on May 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM:

I voted. But a lot of discreet guys I know didn't. I guess some are not acquainted much to the idea of homosexuality being an open topic in our society.
But yes, it was a start of something great.

Anonymous wrote on May 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM:

I did. And I'm proud of myself. Kahit nasa kabilang booth lang asawa ko. lol!

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on May 19, 2010 at 9:07 PM:

@Mugen, I really wonder why. Maybe the name is a turn off?

@Ming Meows, ang hirap mag-campaign para sa kanila kung discreet ka 'di ba?

@Tony, thanks for sharing. I agree that Ang Ladlad did pretty well despite the lack of machinery.

@somelostboy, I really wonder how Ang Ladlad can win over the discreet PLUs to their side.

@anon, *applause* :-D

Anonymous wrote on June 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM:

ano na nanyari...binoto q ito at sinabihan ko pa ang mga friends ko na iboto to...panalo b?