Voters, netizens quench their thirst for change

If votes were counted based on purchase of drinks or online votes, alternative candidates Teddy Casiño and Eddie Villanueva would have won the Senate race today.

“It seems that the young voters and netizens are eager to quench their thirst for real change in the government,” said Makabayan senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño, alluding to 7-11′s Gulp vote campaign.

Casiño and Villanueva, both from alternative parties, have consistently been in the top spots of the retail giant’s online mock polls at

The progressive solon said he is happy that netizens have been supportive of his campaign and that the survey reflected other online and youth polls. In addition to online surveys by various groups and websites, Casiño was also a front-runner in a recently conducted poll by a student organization in the University of the Philippines. The survey which interviewed 1,072 students from FEU, DSLU, Ateneo, UST and UP put Casiño in the 7th spot. He was ranked #3 in UP alone.

Casiño attributes his stellar performance in online polls to the enthusiastic campaigning of his netizen supporters.

“We might not have as much funds to spend on television commercials but Internet is relatively free and that is what our volunteers are utilizing. Through the Internet, I am able to explain my platform. Through Facebook and our website, our team of volunteers come out with infographics and other creative materials that show what I have done and what I intend to do in the Senate to bring change to the common folk,” he said.

Casiño said he is pushing for the politics of change. “I do not come from a political family. I am not a celebrity or a millionaire but at the end of the day, what the public needs are livelihood, adequate wages, land and developed industries. This is what I have to offer. This is the message I want to impart. With the help of netizens and young voters, we are gaining ground,” he said.

Casiño, a writer by profession, is a blogger ( and an active netizen. Even before the campaign period, he was among the congressmen with the most number of Twitter (@teddycasino) and Facebook ( fans.

At present, he has 12,824 Twitter and 16,947 Facebook followers.