Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010
Gordon to sue survey firms for conditioning minds of voters
MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon yesterday vowed to file a damage suit against the pre-election survey firms for allegedly conditioning the minds of voters.
Gordon said he ordered his lawyers to file the action for damages against these pollsters tomorrow.
“It (survey) is unfair. They are just conditioning the minds of voters,” he told The STAR.
He said he is particularly annoyed by the inclusion of his name in the surveys conducted even if he did not give his consent to the survey firms to use his name.
“If they intend to make business out of me, they should have informed me that they are including me,” Gordon said.
via Philippine Star.
Miriam to NP, LP: Stop the mudslinging
MANILA, Philippines – Re-electionist Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has called for an end to the mudslinging between the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Liberal Party (LP), whose two presidential aspirants, senators Manuel Villar Jr. and Benigno Aquino III, have been swapping charges over Villar’s origins as a poor boy and Aquino’s mental health.
“I am calling for a halt to all these mudslinging. Some people are already commenting that this has become the dirtiest campaign in recent history and I join that view,” Santiago said after delivering a speech at the NP rally in Valenzuela last Tuesday evening.
“Can we please discuss issues here? In Politics 101, we are all taught that we must discuss fully every issue… but never dealing with personalities like where Villar really lived exactly in Tondo because he might have been living in a rich man’s enclave in Tondo,” said the feisty senator, who is seeking re-election as guest candidate of the NP, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and the administration’s Lakas-Kampi.
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Jamby’s 1st act if elected president: audit all govt agencies
Independent presidential candidate Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal has vowed to prioritize an audit of all government departments as the very first item on her agenda if she is elected as the country’s next chief executive in the coming May polls.
An extensive audit of government departments would be the first step she will take to fight corruption under her administration, Madrigal said in an interview in GMA 7’s Kandidato.
“Ipapa-audit ko lahat ng departments… Parating sinasabi, may kakulangan ang pondo. Para sa akin, hindi tama iyon. May kumukuha ng pondo kaya kumukulang (I will order an audit of all departments. It’s always said there’s a shortage of funds. But for me, that’s wrong. Somebody is pocketing these funds, that’s why there’s shortage),” she said.
Binay: GMA travel bill nears P2.5 billion
MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo’s travel expenses since 2007 are expected to hit P2.5 billion, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay said yesterday.
According to Binay, the trips of Mrs. Arroyo from 2007 to 2008 alone cost taxpayers P1.45 billion, well over her official travel budget.
“On top of this, she is expected to have spent a billion more for travel for the whole of 2009 and for the first half of this year, for total travel expenses of P2.5 billion since 2007,” Binay, vice presidential candidate of Pwersa ng Masa-United Opposition under former President Joseph Estrada, said.
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