lest we forget (of frauds, hucksters, dreamers & plain old liars)

Culprit: Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center)

Article Citation: Ubac, Michael Lim, “Another survey gives Manny, Loren high hopes”, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 May 2010

“Another survey gives Manny, Loren high hopes

RUNNING THIRD IN THE SURveys of the two leading pollsters, the Nacionalista Party tandem of Senators Manny Villar and Loren Legarda are turning to a third survey outfit for hope on the eve of Monday’s elections.

Giving them a glimmer of hope is the Issues and Advocacy Center (Center), whose latest survey showed the NP running mates in a tight race with their Liberal Party rivals—fellow senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Mar Roxas II.

According to the Center, the nationwide voters’ preference, “Pulso ng Pilipino,” conducted from April 26 to May 2 involving 2,400 respondents showed Villar in a neck-and-neck race with Aquino, who leads by a “mere three percentage points.”

Aquino had 28 percent, Villar 25, Gilbert Teodoro of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD third at 20 percent and ousted President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino fourth at 18 percent.

In a press statement, NP spokesperson Gilbert Remulla said the figures are a “very good indication.”

“It just goes to show that Senator Villar is not as far behind as being projected by other polling firms. Given NP’s extensive machinery and highly organized ground troops, our opponents may just be in for a big surprise,” Remulla said.

The results of the Center surveys differ from those earlier released by both Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia, both of which showed that Villar had fallen to third place behind Aquino and ousted President Estrada and Legarda also dropping to third behind Roxas and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.

Remulla quoted reports circulating in the Internet and other media which alleged Aquino’s apparent influence on both firms—with stockholders and founders of SWS and Pulse Asia being close relatives of Aquino.

Remulla said that Villar’s nationwide grassroots organization would deliver the votes for their candidate and would assure them of victory come Election Day. It added that they have the command votes from their huge national and local network.

Tight VP race

In the vice presidential race, the Center had Roxas maintaining his lead over closest rival Legarda.

Roxas got 34 percent against Legarda’s 29 percent, or a difference of 5 points. As in its previous survey, Binay was in third place at 25 percent, the Center said.

Ed Malay, the Center’s director, explained at a press briefing in Quezon City that the vice presidential race remained “close” with only 5 percent separating Roxas and Legarda.

Malay said that the Center, after analyzing the results of the latest survey, viewed Legarda as “fast emerging as an alternative vice presidential candidate of political leaders nationwide who do not want to support Roxas, Edu Manzano or Binay.”

Malay said local political leaders would always look for a “winnable candidate” to support.

“And Legarda provides these political leaders with that opportunity, especially those who do not like Roxas,” said the pollster, noting that Legarda had topped the senatorial elections in 1998 and 2007.

Malay also said the race for the presidency has been reduced to four candidates—Aquino, Villar, Teodoro and Estrada.

“It’s statistically impossible for other presidential aspirants to even get close to the race leaders as the voters may have already decided on their choices,” said Malay, referring to other presidential candidates Richard Gordon, Jamby Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas, Eddie Villanueva and JC de los Reyes.

“Villar keeps Noynoy in sight with strong political support on the ground,” said Malay.

“(Villar) is in a good position to unleash the potential of his nationwide organization to generate the needed votes that will assure him of victory,” said Malay.

Malay also said that as far as “command votes” were concerned, Villar was leading considering the huge national and local network of NP, which Malay considered as the most organized party.

On the vice presidential race, Malay said that what this pre-poll survey of the Center “shows is that Legarda who lacks the resources available to Roxas was able to keep pace with the vice presidential race leader by launching a spirited campaign nationwide which saw her go on the campaign trail almost on a daily basis.””

Culprit: Prospero Pichay, Jr.

Article Citation: Casayuran, Michael S. “Pichay confident ‘Gibo’ will win, cites high-level strategy”, mb.com.ph, 15 April 2010

“Pichay confident ‘Gibo’ will win, cites high-level strategy

The pro-administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD is confident that its standard bearer, former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro would win because of his high-level political campaign focusing on his strategies to develop and improve the country.

Former Rep. Prospero Pichay, administration party vice president, told Senate reporters during a press briefing at the Senate that the party is hoping that the 15 percent undecided votes based on pre-poll surveys would go for Teodoro who is “running the most decent campaign, campaigning on a higher plane without resorting to gutter language.’’

That 15 percent is equivalent to seven million votes in relation to the country’s registered number of voters which is 52 million, he said.

Pichay based his assumption of a Teodoro victory on the alleged use of “acidic” language and personal attacks by the Liberal Party (LP) led by presidential bet, Sen. Benigno Simeon Aquino III, and the Nacionalista Party (NP) led its presidential bet, Sen. Manuel Villar.

Despite reports of high-profile defections of some of his partymates to the LP or the NP, Pichay said the party had expected a “10 percent fatality during this campaign but fortunately, there is only two percent but we don’t know what will happen in the next few days.’’

“But we are still the dominant party,’’ he said.

Pichay pointed out that the first and second rankings of the LP and NP presidential bets are expected to do down as the May 10 presidential election approaches and ‘’Teodoro’s ranking would go up.’’

‘’We have a chance to go up, especially with the top two (Aquino and Villar) engaged in mudslinging. I believe we can catch up. He (Teodoro) is zeroing on the economy, health agriculture, agrarian reform and education,’’ Pichay said.

Teodoro is fourth in the election surveys with former President Joseph Estrada ranked third.

The most high-profile defection made was that of Albay Gov. Joey Salceda who defected last Wednesday to the camp of Aquino who subsequently claimed there would be more defections from the administration party to the LP.

Adel Tamano, an NP senatorial candidate, said Salceda’s defection disproves propaganda by another political party that Villar is the secret candidate of President Arroyo. Text messages have given Villar a new name: Villarroyo.

He then urged that the attacks between the NP and the LP should stop “and we go back to issues.’’

As the election campaign comes to a close, Tamano said the candidates should stick to the issues because using gutter language is a disservice to the people.

The mudslinging reached its peak over the alleged fake psychiatric report on Aquino whose “existence’’ raised the question of whether or not Aquino is capable of handling sensitive national issues and problems.

While it stressed that the psychiatric report was false, the LP contested the claim of Villar that he was a poor boy and that Villar’s brother died because the Villar family was too poor to buy him medicines.

Pichay said the differences between Teodoro and Speaker Prospero Nograles on supposedly party matters are more personal than political party issues.”

Culprits: Dick Gordon, Chito Diaz (yung nag-debate kay Dr. Mangahas on ANC)

Article Citation: Aurelio, Julie M., “Gordon files damage suit vs 2 survey firms”, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 April 2010

“Gordon files damage suit vs 2 survey firms

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate and Senator Richard Gordon has filed a P650,000 damage suit against two survey firms for their allegedly false and misleading survey results which have not shown Gordon as among the top contenders.

In a 26-page civil complaint filed before the Quezon City regional trial court, Gordon also asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against Social Weather Stations Inc. and Pulse Asia Inc.

Gordon was represented by his lawyers Chito Diaz and Carlo Tagalda.

“While it is true that surveys are part of our freedom of expression, such freedom is not without limits especially where, as in this case, public interest during election periods warrants that these survey companies at least publish credible and correct survey results,” Diaz said.

He claimed that the poll firms have been using long discredited and obsolete methodologies.

Tagalda, for his part, said they were not after the awarding of damages and that they only wanted the public to cast their vote based on campaign platforms and not publicity.

“We want the public not to base their votes on the candidates’ winnability, but on their track records and platform,” Tagalda said.”

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