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Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


By Patricia Evangelista

HIGH NOON, MAY 10. A FAT FIST SMACK-SMACKING against the cracked yellow wall, the mouth with the cracked red lipstick flapping open and closed, her gay lieutenant yapping in refrain. Cheating, screams the pudgy woman, as the madding crowd outside the classroom cheers. Inside, the teachers in white and stripes continue to count, shoulders wincing at each pounded fist. The numbers join the rabble, greasy elbow to empty gut, the hallway shrinks, and a teacher is shoved and mobbed.

Wet T-shirt day in Payatas-A, 6,000 votes for the taking, chipped red nail polish, swaggering bad boys in their wife-beater shirts and denim cut-offs leering down sweating cleavages in padded pink bras. Waiting three hours, says the old man in the baseball cap. Five hours, says the mother with the missing front tooth. Squares of paper brandished, numbers hand-printed, teachers in crisp white calling on 204.

Click Patricia Evangelista.


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Old names dominate Comelec’s partial tally for Senate

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines (Update) – Incumbent and re-electionist senators were dominating the senatorial elections with only two or three new faces likely to make it in the top 12 winning senators, based on the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) partial tally released on Monday evening.

Similar to the pre-election senatorial survey results of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, the Comelec’s partial tally had incumbents Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of Lakas-Kampi and Jinggoy Estrada as the top 2 senators in the 2010 senatorial elections.

The list, announced by Comelec chair Jose Melo, was based on the partial and unofficial tally of 57% of votes cast in 76,300 polling precincts nationwide.

Via ABS-CBN News


Delisted voters flood social media with election rants, queries

MANILA, Philippines – As a hot day dawned in the Philippines, some voters rose to discover an elections fraught with problems.

The obstacles faced by voters were varied and numerous, ranging from malfunctioning voting machines, to long and winding queues at the precincts, to gunshots fired near voting centers to scare voters away.

Long lines in the tropical heat has led to fainting fits and people who chose to forego voting rather than face the long wait. The over-all atmosphere was such as led foreign news agencies such as CNN to describe the elections as “jittery” and “marred by violence”.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

AND: Junjun Binay proclaimed winner of Makati mayoralty race

Lim beats another Atienza in Manila mayoralty race

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Firms join in on the elections

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


THE MAY 10 general elections is, without question, the most important since the 1986 snap election that saw the late Corazon C. Aquino “win” the presidency from the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

It marks the first time that the Commission on Elections will implement automated elections and also signals the end of the nine-year hold of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the country’s reins.

Also, the May 10 elections present a golden opportunity for Filipinos to bring about the change that they seek through the ballot, instead of going to the streets.

It is people power of the voting kind.

via INQUIRER.net.


Cliffhangers can still pull a surprise in senatorial race

MANILA, Philippines – It seems the re-electionists and returning senators are taking an easy ride in the senatorial race. Surveys of Pulse Asia since the beginning of the campaign period show that 6 re-electionists and 4 former senators have been consistent in the Magic 12.

“Much of that is name recall. It’s not an ideal situation but that’s the experience with the senatorial race. Most people don’t scrutinize the senatorial candidates, except maybe in the urban areas. They get swayed by the names,” said political analyst Fr. Jojo Magadia of the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Nearly all the attention is on the presidential race and, to some extent, the vice-presidential race,” added Pulse Asia chief research fellow Ana Tabunda.

Via ABS-CBN News


The final push turns Metro into seas of green, yellow, orange

MANILA, Philippines—The main contenders for the Philippine presidency Friday night made their final push for votes in separate grand rallies that turned parts of the metropolis into seas of green, yellow and orange.

Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar held his miting de avance in a vast field facing the once infamous symbol of poverty—Smokey Mountain—in Tondo, while survey front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III brought his “yellow forces” to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where he and several city mayors danced on a stage with comedian Pokwang.

Arroyo not invited

Tens of thousands of supporters of former President Joseph Estrada and his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino massed on the track oval of the University of Makati, while administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. staged his final show of force at the Rizal Track and Field Stadium in Manila, urging a mammoth crowd to show the world that Filipinos would not be guided by opinion surveys in choosing their president.

Via Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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Phil Star: Eleventh-hour ouster

On the eve of the end of the campaign period, Ed Panlilio received the final word from the Commission on Elections: for the past three years, he had occupied a post that he did not win in the 2007 midterm elections. The real winner in the race for Pampanga governor, according to the final Comelec ruling, is former provincial board member Lilia Pineda.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Days of unease

COMELEC CHAIR JOSE MELO SAYS HE CAN SMILE again. “Elections will go through at all levels, in all precincts,” he happily declared Wednesday after a test run on a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine in one Makati precinct yielded a “perfect” result. The same machine was one among scores of machines that failed to read votes cast for local positions in an earlier test conducted Monday, forcing the Comelec to call off the nationwide testing of some 76,000 PCOS machines and recall all the flash cards where the instructions are encoded. The accurate reading of the test votes came after a reconfigured flash card was used. And a visibly relieved Melo gratefully said, “It seems that our prayers have been answered.”

Via Inquirer.net

Daily Tribune: It may have come too little and too late

The Supreme Court (SC) the other day ordered the Commission on Elections to disclose all its preparations for the country’s first automated polls for Monday, giving the Comelec two days to do so, upon receipt of the order.

Via Daily Tribune

Risa’s generation

RISA HONTIVEROS-BARAQUEL IS RUNNING for senator. The latest surveys show her to be hovering between 13th and 15th place—still outside the winning circle of 12, which includes the likes of Bongbong Marcos and Lito Lapid. But, clearly, she is very much within striking distance, almost by a miracle, having come from way behind—from the ranks of deserving candidates who languish in the bottom of survey rankings only because their names do not ring a bell.

Click Randy David

ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces

It is an old saying that politics and not cockfighting is the true national past time of the Filipinos. May is a month of fiestas in the Philippines. We have the Flores de Mayo, Obando Fertility Rites, Pahiyas and Pulilan Carabao Festival. Fiestas are the highest form of community expression. We have referred to EDSA I as the fiesta that toppled a dictator. In a way, Election Day is another political fiesta. Voting is one of the highest expressions of our civic responsibility.

Click Alejandro Roces

‘Science means never having to say you’re wrong’
SOCIAL CLIMATE By Mahar Mangahas

“LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE sorry” is a cute saying. There must be as many definitions of love as there are lovers.

On the other hand, “Science means never having to say you’re wrong,” which seems to be what it means to presidential candidate Richard “Dick” Gordon, is not what science means to me, nor, I think, to most scientists.

Click Mahar Mangahas

Leaks for mind-conditioning
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

If there was any doubt that the Social Weather Stations (SWS) was into mind-conditioning, and perhaps even manipulating the results of a presidential candidate that it is supporting, doubt no more.

There can hardly be any doubt left today — not after the still dubious survey results that were supposed to be embargoed for a newspaper, the BusinessWorld, to print for Friday’s issue, were deliberately leaked to the Liberal Party standard bearer, Sen. Noynoy Aquino, in time for the other media establishments to quickly carry the results, showing the LP bet widening his lead, with a 42 percent survey score.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

COMMENTARY By Juan Miguel Luz

Next to poor reading skills, low levels of science and math achievement hurt a country most. Functional literacy is the combination of reading (the basis for simple literacy) and numeracy (the facility to do the four operations of arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

At a higher level, it is the reason why we are unable to develop and maintain a significant industrial base in this country. There are simply not enough science and technology technicians, professionals and scientists to run a broad-based manufacturing or industrial sector that can produce products for local consumption and export.

Via Inquirer.net

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118,053 absentee votes cast – DFA

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The number of overseas absentee voters has exceeded the voter turnout of 81,732 in 2007 to 118,053 for this year’s elections.

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (DFA-OAVS) said yesterday it is expecting more voters to come in or mail their ballots in the next three days.

The deadline for receipt of mailed ballots for postal voting and casting of ballots for personal and automated modes of voting is on May 10 at 6 p.m. (Philippine time), the DFA-OAVS said.

Via Phil. Star


AkoBicol tops SWS party list survey

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—New regional party list group AkoBicol Political Party (AKB) topped the Social Weather Stations (SWS) party list survey released Friday. The survey, which was conducted from May 3 to 4, 2010, showed that 5.64% of voters preferred the group over 186 rivals.

With one statistical point equivalent to about 500,000, AKB’s ratings translates to some 2.8 million votes. This will entitle the group to at least 2 seats in the next Congress.

AKB edged out seasoned party list groups, which have already served in Congress.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

AND: 3,664 teachers mobilized for manual vote audit

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Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


Secret balloting, public counting
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

The rule in democratic elections is: secret balloting, public counting. Automation must boost, not mar, it. Secret balloting is guarding the voter’s personal choice; electronics should not conceal the poll process itself. Public counting is open tallying of votes; computers should quicken it without sacrificing accuracy.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Beyond May 10
Vector By Sonny Coloma

Just when I thought I knew all the answers, Charlie Brown once quipped, they changed the question. After the series of SWS and Pulse Asia surveys have pointed to a predominant answer to the question as to whom we will elect as the next president, a new question has emerged: Will there be credible elections on May 10?

Only the ineptitude of the Commission on Elections and its technology partner, Smartmatic, stands in the way of an imminent victory for Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III as the country’s next president.

Click Sonny Coloma.

It’s crazy crazy crazy!

I wonder what the foreign observers now here to cover our election this Monday must be thinking about how we do this thing. They must be echoing Cardinal Rosales’ head shaking words last week: crazy… crazy… crazy.

The headline stories of the past couple of days must have made them wonder what kind of crazy Comelec we have with no workable back-up plan for such a gigantic exercise. The mistake in the programming of those PCOS machine was so basic yet it was not caught until less than a week before the main event. You would have thought they were doing spot checks over the past months while programming those flash drives.

Click Boo Chanco

Political follies

IT is not surprising that the Ninoy Aquino’s son is the leading candidate for president. When he enters a room or even a restaurant, he greets everyone who give him the chance to do so. Greet him with a smile and he’ll smile right back. Give him eye contact and a wider smile and he’ll go up to your table to shake your hand.

Click Ducky Paredes

P is for Patience, not People Power
By Ellen Tordesillas

My choice for Vice President is Mar Roxas. His unselfish act of giving way to Noynoy Aquino speaks of his willingness to put country first before his own.

He has an unblemished record of public service. He is competent and hardworking.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

Reject these party-list groups
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David

IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO know, I received this e-mail message from a reliable source warning against certain party-list groups whose officials or nominees have links to the Arroyo family or administration, or whose origins and vaunted principles are dubious if not outright deceptive. Keep them in mind, if only to remember which party-list groups not to vote for.

Click Rina Jimenez-David

Noynoy can’t hack it
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

He wants the presidency, but has virtually admitted that he cannot hack it.

Stated differently, he wants to be president of the republic, but does not want to accept responsibility and accountability because he knows he is incapable of handling government.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Aquino pads poll lead-BWorld/SWS survey

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


•Gap now 22 points; Estrada overtakes Villar

WITH THE MAY 10 elections just around the corner, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III has picked up steam to widen his lead in the presidential race, results of the final BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (BW-SWS) Pre-Election survey showed.

The May 2-3 poll, conducted roughly a week before Filipinos troop to the precincts, gave Mr. Aquino the support of 42%, up four points and ahead of former President Joseph “Erap” E. Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masa who was now in second place with three-point gain to 20%.

Erstwhile second-placer Sen. Manuel “Manny” B. Villar, Jr. of the Nationalista Party (NP) was a point behind at 19%, a result within the survey’s error margin of 2.2%. His support was down seven points from the prior BW-SWS poll of April 16-19.

via BusinessWorld Online.

Down to the wire VP race as Binay, Roxas share lead

MAKATI MAYOR Jejomar “Jojo” C. Binay has caught up with Sen. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas in the vice-presidential race, tying with the former solo frontrunner in the final edition of the BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey.

Both scored 37% in the May 2-3 poll, conducted roughly a week before the elections, but SWS said it was mentioning Mr. Binay’s name first in announcing the results “because the survey gave him a 0.2 point lead over [Mr. Roxas].”

The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino bet has seen a resurgence in the surveys, first eking out a one-point lead versus erstwhile second-placer Sen. Loren Legarda in the last poll and now gaining 12 to tie with Mr. Roxas.”

VIa BusinessWorld

Last Senate slot up for grabs?

JUST ONE SLOT in the “Magic 12” senatorial race appears up for dispute, with recognized politicians — most of them incumbents and former senators — bolstering their hold in the rankings, results of the final BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey showed.

The top two were described by the SWS as “well ahead” and next nine “clearly above the 12th place”. The first three, the independent survey research organization said, have consistently been on top since a March poll, while the first 10 have always been in the winning circle since early December.

In first and second, with just a point separating them, were reelectionists Senator Ramon “Bong” B. Revilla, Jr. of the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD (51%) and Jose “Jinggoy” E. Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino or PMP (50%). Both lost three points each from the previous survey of April 16-19.

Via BusinessWorld


(Updated) SC nullifies NP-NPC coalition

The Supreme Court has nullified the coalition of the Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NP-NPC) due to the failure of the two parties to submit the necessary requirements.

In a 29-page decision penned by Associate Justice Arturo Brion, the court overturned a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling recognizing the NP-NPC merger as a bona fide coalition.

The coalition, along with the Liberal Party (LP) and the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, are all vying for the Comelec’s nod to become the dominant minority party that will be entitled to the sixth copy of the election returns (ERs) and a server showing the election results as they are transmitted on the May 10 automated elections.

Via GMANews.TV

Religious groups’ endorsements may come with a price, analysts say

In the homestretch to the May 10 elections, religious groups Iglesia ni Cristo and Kingdom of Jesus Christ have declared the presidential candidate they are backing. This weekend, the El Shaddai movement is set to announce who it will endorse.

Iglesia ni Cristo has picked Sen. Benigno Aquino III while KJC leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has endorsed administration bet Gilberto Teodoro Jr. The El Shaddai is perceived to be supporting Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. because of his close ties with the group’s leader, Mariano “Mike” Velarde.

Religious groups said they choose their presidential bets because of their competence and moral credibility.

via GMANews.TV.

Palace says Macalintal resignation was his own doing

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Thursday squelched speculation that President Macapagal-Arroyo compelled her election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, to quit over his call to defer the presidential elections.

“He was the one who asked to resign because his position is not in line with the Palace position,” Secretary Ricardo Saludo said in reply to questions about whether Macalintal was forced to resign.

Malacañang on Wednesday night issued a press statement that it had accepted Macalintal’s offer to resign.

Via Inquirer.net

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Binay ties Roxas in May survey

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


Makati City Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has tied erstwhile vice-presidential front runner Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the May 2-3 survey of the Social Weather Stations SWS sponsored by BusinessWorld.

The survey, which will appear in BusinessWorld on Friday, showed Binay jump 12-percentage points from 25% in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.

Support for Roxas fell by 2-percentage points from 39%  in April 16-19 to 37% in May 2-3.The latest survey also showed Sen. Loren Legarda falling further behind with 12% support in May 2-3, down from 24% in April 16-19.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


StratPOLLs: Aquino piles up bigger lead

ENTERING the homestretch of the campaign period and with days before the national elections, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has set a “formidable lead” with a 45.2 percent voting share that is twice that of his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada (22.2 percent), according to the latest survey by StratPOLLS-Graphic.

The noncommissioned survey, done with 1,500 respondents nationwide from April 27 to May 2, showed the LP candidate getting thrice the voting share (15.1, from 31 percent a month ago) of Nacionalista Party (NP) candidate Manuel Villar, who was knocked off from second place by Estrada.

For the vice-presidential race, LP candidate Manuel Roxas still leads with 40.1 percent, followed by PMP bet Jejomar Binay’s 37.8 percent. Sen. Loren Legarda fell to third spot with 13.1 percent followed by Eduardo Manzano in fourth with 3.5 percent.

Via BusinessMirror

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‘Iglesia’ set to endorse Noynoy, Mar

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


THE Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is set to announce the names of the candidates they are endorsing in the May 10 polls either today or tomorrow.

A staff member who requested not to be identified said the announcement will be made during worship services. In this case, the endorsement will be made tomorrow, since no worship services are scheduled on Wednesdays.

Yesterday, reports circulated that the INC, which has some six million members and is know to vote as a bloc, will endorse the team of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

via Business Insight Malaya.


Comelec reaffirms Estrada’s qualification to run

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections on Tuesday reaffirmed its decision to allow deposed president Joseph Estrada to run for President in the May 10 elections.

At the same time, the Comelec also upheld earlier rulings disqualifying actor Richard Gomez and Palawan Representative Abraham Mitra from running for representative of Ormoc and governor of Palawan, respectively.

The Comelec, in dismissing the appeal of Evillo Pormento to kick out Estrada from the race for the presidency, said Pormento presented no argument that would make the poll body change its mind.

Via Inquirer.net

19 party-list groups endorse Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – A coalition of 19 party-list organizations including thousands of urban poor residents in Tondo, Manila declared their support for administration candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

Former Interior secretary Rafael Alunan also joined in support of Teodoro.

Their endorsements came after Davao-based Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ picked Teodoro on Sunday.

via Phil. Star

Villar vows to bring home stranded OFWs on Day 1 of presidency

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar has reiterated his vow to bring distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) back to the country and provide them with jobs and livelihood opportunities.

In his speech at his campaign rally in Vigan last Sunday night, Villar said this policy would be set into motion on Day One of his presidency.

He promised to establish a country that can provide opportunities to Filipinos so parents do not have to leave their families and children behind in order to work abroad.

Via Phil. Star

Quezon City court won’t stop poll surveys; denies Gordon’s TRO request

MANILA, Philippines – Citing lack of jurisdiction, a Quezon City court denied yesterday a petition of Bagumbayan Party standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon for a temporary restraining order to stop the release of survey results on presidential candidates by pollsters Social Weather Stations (SWS) Inc. and Pulse Asia Inc.

Judge Bayani Vargas of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 219 said it is the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that should determine whether the conduct and publication of surveys on voters’ preference violate the Fair Election Act.

“Considering that the authority to enforce and implement the said law pertains to the Comelec, to the court’s mind, the jurisdiction to rule on the issue brought before this court also belongs to the said body,” said the three-page order dated April 30.

Via Phil. Star

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Editorials and opinions

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


All over but the voting
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

It’s all over but the voting. That’s so for the presidential race at least. It’s so not just because Manny Villar’s numbers are swiftly falling, it’s so because Noynoy Aquino’s numbers are swiftly rising.

Via Conrado de Quiros

Malaya Editorial: Who he?

We have long known Delgado. He likes to tilt at windmills, but as a good finance man, he knows how to conduct due diligence. While Napocor president, he exposed the P27 billion overcharging of the Manila Electric Co. Meralco threw everything at him except the kitchen sink. In the end, Delgado’s claim of Meralco overcharging was affirmed by the Supreme Court. Up to now, Meralco has still to complete reimbursing the excess charges.

In the case of Noynoy’s fake psychological evaluation, clearly Delgado shot himself in the foot. But he’s old enough to face the consequences of what he did.

via Malaya.

The ‘religious’ side of politics

Now that another religious leader failed to get his dream alliance of “orange” forces through, how will he position his “charismatic” following in this crazy amalgam of politics and religion? Would he follow the lead of Pastor Quiboloy, or would he also go consulting Jamby’s swami? Would he try to ask the mambunong how he reads anything out of pig bile, or would he just stick it out with his realtor-friend, come hell or high water? It’s a dilemma, surely not at all a moral one.

Via Lito Banayo

Two of our few good men and women
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

Cory utilized the meeting to seek my help in selecting Jimmy Ferrer’s replacement. Many desired the powerful position but as we went through the possible suitable candidates — both Cory and your Chair Wrecker realized that we had very few good men and women to choose from.

I could never forget the expression on Cory’s face when she said: “You see Billy, how few good people we have.” Her expression reflected the hardship of an earnest reformer who felt that she did not have the talent pool of trustworthy candidates for public office that’s required in order to accomplish her mission.

Via William Esposo

Venom, bile, and Vista Land

First, they had the pedigreed take to the gutter to peddle the fallacy of double appropriations where there were none.

Where the electorate is easily awed by class and titled names followed by alphabet soup, many realized too late that there were two different roads — one, an elevated toll way, another, a critical ground-level freeway.

Click Dean dela Paz

For better or worse
To Take A Stand — By Rafael M. Alunan III

Six days from now we will troop to the precincts in the most important election yet in the history of our country. Around 50 million Filipino voters will decide who their next national and local leaders will be for the next three to six years. For the first time in history, an automated election system (AES) will be used nationwide. Will it be ready to produce swift and accurate election results unlike previous manualized elections?

Click Rafael Alunan III

Daily Tribune editorial: ‘Crazy’

Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, asked by reporters if the leaders of the Catholic church would call for, or support, another people power revolt — following calls from Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, that should he be cheated out of his presidential victory, he would mount street protests that would be worse than the undeclared civil war in Thailand — called this position taken by Noynoy “crazy. Crazy. Crazy,” adding that issuing out calls like these is irresponsible.

Via Daily Tribune

Questioning surveys
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

It’s amazing how, this late in the survey game, the firms that conduct these surveys admit that surveys are not predictive of the results of the presidential elections — nor for that matter, the senatorial polls, which incidentally, they hardly get right, as far as the last four to six bets’ rankings and getting into the Magic 12, go.

It’s just as amazing that there is today an admission that, even a week in campaign politics can change the standings of the surveyed candidates.

CLick Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Erap overtakes Villar, Binay edges Loren – poll

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada has overtaken Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, Jr. to take second place in the presidential race, according to the latest Manila Standard Today (MST) pre-election survey.

The survey, which interviewed 2,500 registered voters nationwide from April 25-27, showed Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the lead with 38%, which is 16 percentage points above Estrada’s rating of 22%. Villar was in 3rd place with 20%.

According to MST resident pollster Pedro Laylo, the negative attacks on Villar have taken a toll on his survey performance.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

THE survey results: Estrada overtakes Villar; negative attacks take toll

Binay pulls away form Legarda, has Roxas in sight


Erap willing to join People Power revolt if elections are rigged

Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada, who was ousted through a mass public uprising in 2001, expressed his willingness to join another People Power revolt if May polls results are discovered to be rigged.

Estrada, who was convicted of plunder, said he will join hands “join hands” in another mass uprising with Liberal Party presidential bet Senator Benigno Aquino III should massive cheating attempt to manipulate the results of the coming elections.

“If there will be cheating, I’ll be joining hands with him [Aquino] to protect the sovereign will of the people… We can have this People Power again if there is glaring cheating or manipulation of the election,” the former president said in a press briefing on Monday.

Via GMANews.TV

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Villar desperate for using own mom, says Erap

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Former president Joseph Estrada on Tuesday branded as an “act of desperation” Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manny Villars move to use his own mother to defend himself from allegations that he is corrupt.Estrada, who is running for re-election under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino banner, said he purposely shielded his mother, Doña Mary Ejercito, from all negative reports about him during his impeachment trial in December 2000.”It happened  to me also during the impeachment. In fact, ang ginawa ko at ng mga kapatid ko,wag pakita sa mama ko yung tv. Kakaunti na lang panahon niya? Bakit ko sasaktan kalooban ng nanay ko? Bakit bibigyan ng sama ng loob,” he said in a ANC “Headstart” interview.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Villar denies knowing about mom’s press conference

MANILA, Philippines—Hours after his 86-year-old mother made a tearful public appeal, embattled presidential bet Manuel Villar said he had no idea his family had decided to face the media in his defense.

“’Di ko nga alam na in-interview ang mother ko eh. Ininterview ba ang mother ko? (I didn’t know that my mother was interviewed. Was she interviewed?)” Villar asked reporters on the sidelines of a presidential forum Monday night.

Wheelchair-bound Curita Villar faced the media in her Las Piñas City home on Monday morning with daughters Lourdes, Cecille, Gloria V. Benedicto and Vicky V. Divinagracia by her side.

via Inquirer.net


Villar should blame self for falling ratings: Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Tuesday said his rival, Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manny Villar, has no one to blame but himself for his falling ratings in pre-election surveys.

“Wala siyang dapat sisihin kundi sarili niya,” Aquino told reporters who asked about the NP bet’s continuous slide in the ratings.

A Social Weather Stations survey, conducted on April 16-19 and published on Monday, showed that support for Villar dropped by 2 points to 26%.

via ABS-CBN News

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Editorial: Not the pulse of the electorate (Daily Tribune)

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


Pre-election surveys — whether Pulse Asia or the Social Weather Stations surveys — as conducted in this country, pose some kind of danger to the well-being of the nation, especially when these survey results are taken as gospel truth by the so-called survey front-runners.

Too much store is being placed on these surveys by some candidates, especially the Liberal Party presidential and vice presidential bets, who already see themselves in Malacañang — on the basis of the surveys.

The danger to the nation here is that what these surveys reflect may not necessarily be the same results of the presidential elections, given certain factors, such as party machinery and organization of a candidate or his rivals, not to mention that some shocking report may just crop up that could kill the chances of victory of even a frontrunner.

via The Daily Tribune.


The perils of a presidential race
FRONTLINE by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Manny Villar and his Nacionalista Party candidates are perhaps, by now, fairly rattled at the continuous slide in his ratings, as he, along with Liberal Party bets Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas have been placing their faith in these dubious surveys.

And they are pretty dubious because the survey numbers certainly don’t jibe with the tens of thousands of supporters who come to the rallies of Erap Estrada, for SWS to pull him down some more with 2 percent in its latest survey. But then again, the SWS and the elite don’t want him to win.

Just going by the lean crowd that comes to the rallies of say, Noynoy or Villar — when his Rockatropa and Wowawee groups aren’t around, and compare their crowd to the crowds that pop up in Estrada’s rallies, which are getting bigger and bigger, one wonders just how the survey numbers are being manufactured.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Gordon tells voters, media: Just ignore surveys

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — Four days after suing survey firms for damages, presidential candidate Richard Gordon said the media should just “ignore” election survey results.

Sought for comment on Monday on a new survey showing rival Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III leading the race by a wide margin, consistent fifth-placer Gordon said: “The media should ignore these survey results.”

Last week, Gordon sued survey firms Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia for their “misleading surveys” and asked the Quezon City regional trial court for a temporary restraining order.

Via Inquirer.net


Malacañang cool to Gordon anti-survey case

MALACAÑANG HAS declined to support Partido Bagumbayan presidential bet Senator Richard “Dick” J. Gordon’s position to stop the release of pre-election survey results but backed his call for voters to look beyond surveys in choosing the next leaders in the coming elections.

“We understand Senator Gordon’s concerns as to why he wants to stop the release of survey results. But we are not in the same position in this issue because for us, what is much more important is the freedom of speech and expression,” Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary B. Olivar told Palace reporters yesterday.

“We are one with the senator in his calls for voters not to sacrifice their freedom to choose [the next leaders] just because the surveys tells them to vote for particular candidates. Let us not allow ourselves to be led blindly by the surveys.”

via BusinessWorld Online.

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Double-digit lead for Aquino; Roxas still leads VP race-SWS

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Double-digit lead for Aquino

With the race to Malacañang nearing the homestretch, presidential bet Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III has gained a double-digit lead over his colleague and main rival, Sen. Manuel “Manny” B. Villar, Jr., in the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey.

The April 16 to 19 nationwide poll, conducted three weeks before the May 10 elections, saw Mr. Aquino — the Liberal Party bet — gaining a point to 38% compared to a two-point drop to 26% for the Nacionalista Party’s Mr. Villar.

The lead between the two opened up to 12 points from nine previously in the BW-SWS survey of March 19-22.

Six percent of the respondents were classed as “undecided/others” — these included votes for disqualified bet Vetellano “Dodong” S. Acosta of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan and responses that could not be properly read.

via BusinessWorld Online: Double-digit lead for Aquino.


Binay overtakes Legarda, Roxas still on top in VP race

Makati Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” C. Binay of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) has caught up with Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) bet Sen. Loren B. Legarda in the race for the vice-presidency but Liberal Party candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas continues to enjoy a large, albeit narrower, lead.

The latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey, conducted last April 16 to 19, saw Mr. Binay gaining four points to 25%, just edging out Ms. Legarda who lost a point to 24%.
Mr. Roxas’s score, meanwhile, fell to below 40% for the first time: he was down three points to 39% with three weeks to go before the May 10 elections.

Mr. Roxas’s score has been dropping since the start of the year, as has Ms. Legarda’s although not to the same extent. Mr. Binay, meanwhile, has been gaining from last December’s 10%.

via BusinessWorld


Eleven out of Magic 12 slots all but in the bag?

Established politicians, most of them incumbent and former senators, appear to have cemented their hold on slots in the so-called Magic 12 Senate race, the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey showed.

The top two were described as “well ahead” and nine said to have “always been in the winning circle” since December, leaving just one seat being fought over by three newcomers.

Five other senatorial candidates, however, are not far behind, according to the results of the April 16- to-19 survey, conducted three weeks before the May 10 national elections.

via BusinessWorld

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