The youth is “discerning” enough not to let the death of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III sway the 2022 national elections, a political analyst said.

Carlita Carlos, a political science professor from the University of the Philippines (UP), warned against underestimating voters during the virtual “Tapatan sa Aristocrat” forum on June 28.

“Is there such thing as sympathy vote? I doubt it very much. You know, the 60 million-plus voters, majority of them …are really young voters. And young voters are not mediocre, unintelligent, and stupid people. As a matter of fact, they are so discerning now,” Carlos said.

The involvement of the youth on social media regarding social issues is proof that discourse happens among them, said Rodel Taton, a lawyer and Graduate School of Law dean at San Sebastian College-Recoletos. 

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez said more than a third of the voting population would be from the youth sector. 

The Comelec has surpassed its projection of 60 million first-time voter registrants as of June, Jimenez said. The deadline of registration is on Sept. 30, 2021.