Please see post on 8 December 2003 for an explanation of “one hundred taxi rides”.
The poll starts in Bohol and number 1 goes for Roco; encouraged, I ask why. Because his wife comes from Bohol. Oh well, they all count: FPJ 0, Gloria 0, Lacson 0, Roco 1.
Back in Manila, number 2 will vote for Lacson “because we need a strong leader”: FPJ 0, Gloria 0, Lacson 1, Roco 1.
Number 3 is one of my regular drivers, so regular in fact that I would regard him as a friend. Jun knows I’m for Roco, but he’s sticking with Ping. Jun is an intelligent and well-informed voter, he’s looked at the state of the country and he figures we need someone to crack down and crack down hard. Fair enough. If Ping drops out (as I think he must) my guess is that Jun will go for Roco: FPJ 0, Gloria 0, Lacson 2, Roco 1.
Number 4 is an interesting character with a jaundiced view of the world. Everyone seems to be “no good”, his favourite phrase – FPJ is no good because he never finished high school, Ping is no good because he is “bakla” (gay). He can’t quite bring himself to say that Roco is “good” but at least he is less “no good” than the rest. He voted for him in 1998. Another one for Raul. FPJ 0, Gloria 0, Lacson 2, Roco 2.
Number 5 is the sort of guy who makes my day. He voted for Roco last time and he’ll do so again. Why? “Because I look at the record. He was a good senator and he cleaned up the Department of Education”. Yeah! As I leave the cab he turns around and punches his fist – “Go Roco!”. So Raul is back in the lead. FPJ 0, Gloria 0, Lacson 2, Roco 3.