Why MAR Roxas
Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010
BUSINESS MATTERS By Ramon del Rosario Jr.
SINCE THE RESTORATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY in 1986, our country has had five vice presidents— Salvador Laurel, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Teofisto Guingona and Noli de Castro. Laurel and De Castro won as running mates of their respective president but did not succeed to the presidency. Guingona’s case is unique: he assumed the vice presidency via appointment by President Macapagal-Arroyo after Edsa 2, but the partnership soured soon after. Estrada and Ms Arroyo won as vice president on tickets opposed to eventual presidential winners, yet they eventually succeeded as president. Unfortunately for our country, the Estrada and Arroyo presidencies foisted a terrible 12-year burden on our democracy. Estrada was ousted, while Arroyo ends her long term as the most disliked president ever thus far.
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The ‘Noybi’ ironies
GET REAL By Solita Collas-Monsod
WITH A 22-POINT DIFFERENCE (PLUS OR minus 2 ) between the two leading contenders, as revealed by a poll taken one week before election day (ED); and with no credible scandalous revelations capturing the public imagination two days before ED, the presidential race is, for all intents and purposes, over but the shouting. Assuming an 80-percent voter turnout (or 40 million registered voters going to the polls), what the survey shows is that if the voters voted the same way on ED as they would have the week before, Noynoy Aquino would rack up about 16.8 million (range being 16 million to 17.6 million), compared to 8 million votes (range being 7.2 million to 8.8 million votes) for his nearest closest opponent Erap Estrada, and 7.6 million votes (range being 6.8 million to 8.4 million votes) for Manny Villar. That would be a humongous lead anyway you look at it—and no longer vulnerable to dagdag-bawas machinations, no matter how high-tech. Aquino is our next president.
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