May 25
CYBER VOTING by Alex J. Socorro  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Wed, May 25, 2005

The voters for the Luna Awards come from the different sectors of the film industry. In the same line, FAPWEB had plans to submit a proposal for the Cyber Voters to be considered one sector. Ngayong tapos na ang Cyber Voting ay balik sa drawing board ang balak ng FAPWEB kung nararapat nga na isali ang mga Cyber Voters bilang isang sector ng Luna Awards voters sa isang taon.

Of the 3,114 votes received, only 1,988 successfully passed the filters we employed. In other words, hindi nakasali sa bilangan ang 1,126 votes dahil sa sumusunod:

1. Doble o higit pa ang boto ng pangalan ng voter,
2. Doble o higit pa ang boto ng email address ng voter,
3. Invalid ang pangalan ng voter (walang first name o walang apelyido),
4. Invalid ang email address ng voter,
5. Kaduda-duda ang pagdagsa ng boto na galing sa isang computer at pare-pareho naman ang ibinotong candidate.

FAPWEB received several emails when the result of the Cyber Voting was not immediately published in the website. Also received were emails complaining why the results were not announced during the Luna Awards night. When the results were finally published in the May 18 issue of this website, several sharp-worded emails entered our inbox.

Sinadya ng FAPWEB na huwag agad ilagay ang resulta sa website dahil ang mga certificates ng Cyber Choice winners ay ibibigay sa Director General’s Ball pagkatapos ng Luna Awards. Hindi rin isinabay sa Luna Awards ang pagbibigay ng mga certificates dahil maaaring makalito ito sa mga tao (may Luna Awards Best Actor na tapos may Cyber Choice Best Actor pa). It was unfortunate that the Director General did not find the opportunity to award the Cyber Choice certificates during the Ball. Ipinadala na lang ng FAPWEB ang mga certificates sa mga Cyber Choice winners.

Re the emails we received on the unfair results of the voting, FAPWEB conducted an impartial filtering and tallying under the close supervision of this writer. Although partisanship was very evident, all the valid votes, that hurdled our filters, were counted and double verified. And after separating the husk from the grain, indeed the voting proved to be a popularity contest of sorts. But FAPWEB respected the outcome.

There’s one email asking why his votes were not counted where in fact he voted repeatedly to ensure the victory of his idol. And then there were several emails who were connecting the movie industry’s sad plight to the manner of voting which was apparently unfavorable to their strategies. There were some who were inquiring on the result of the text voting. To clarify this point, FAPWEB had no hand in the text voting that was implemented by the Luna Awards sponsor.

Upang ituwid ang hindi pagkakaintindihan sa nakaraang Cyber Voting ng nais naming ipaalam sa lahat na ang mga nagwagi sa nasabing botohan ay choice ng mga surfers ng ating website at walang kinalaman kung mahusay man o hindi ang kanilang pagkakaganap sa kanilang film entry. At lalong walang kinalaman ang Film Academy dahil ang FAPWEB ay independent arm at may sariling pananaw. Further, FAPWEB is concerned only with the website and has no influence whatsoever on the Luna Awards.

Ang nakaraang Cyber Voting ay isang katuwaan lamang upang bigyang buhay ang katamlayan ng ating industriya.

To the victors, our congratulations, and to the losers, our consolation.

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Alex J. Socorro is a non-showbiz person who was requested by FAPWEB to oversee the Cyber Voting and to handle the resulting emails in consideration of his technical expertise and unbiased viewpoint. Alex is the website consultant and not an employee of the Film Academy.