April 2010

One Cebu Party, the ruling party in Cebu promised Gibo Teodoro a mil of its 1.8 M voters during his two-day sortie. Suffice it to say that the leaders of the region have called their home Gibo County. It is already confirmed by the Governor of Cebu, Gwendolyn Garcia and the Secretary-General of the group, Rep Pablo John Garcia. Once again, One Cebu have proven that they deserve the tag ‘One’ for they are truly one not only in words but in decisions like this.

Bogo Mayoralty candidate Mariquita Salimbangon-Yeung also ended the speculations regarding her loyalty. In her city alone, Teodoro was greeted by about 15,000 supporters which were organized by Yeung and her party. The powerful Duranos have also officially indorsed Teodoro and his running-mate Edu Manzano. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Arturo Radaza did the same, announcing Mactan as Gibo Island.

The Party also gave Teodoro a shirt with print: Hindi Ako Tinanong Sa Survey, which gives justice to his too little-too late SWS survey result.

To further boost the confidence of their chosen party and president- to be, One Cebu Party has also organized a survey between Aprils 9 and 12. This is to be out next week and they are confident that Gibo will lead, thus proving their promise.


All the surveys for the upcoming national elections in the Philippines are beginning to haunt me. It seems that different survey firms have different results but the presidential top. The Social Weather Stations latest survey conducted between April 16 and 19 this same year showed Benigno Aquino III still at the top with 38%, while Manuel Villar Jr. gets 26%, Joseph Estrada with 17%, Gilberto Teodoro Jr. with only 9%, Eduardo Villanueva ties with Richard Gordon with 2%, Jamby Madrigal with 0.3%, Jesus Nicanor Perlas with 0.2%, and John Carlos De Los Reyes with 0.2%. In the survey, there are 6% still undecided.

Now, an informal survey is also ongoing at 7-11. In the past four American presidential elections, 7-11 cup surveys had been very accurate. Now, it’s in the Philippines. In the survey held at its 450 convenience stores nationwide, Aquino tops with 87,959 votes from cold beverage drinkers. He is followed by former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro with 37,226 votes. Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. follows with 32,727 votes, Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon with 26,010 votes, and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada with 14,968 votes. 14,944 voters did not find the survey useful.

7-11’s president for Philippine operations is known to be a very avid supporter of Aquino.

Some surveys have also limited their questionings to Aquino and Villar, making all the others ‘ghost presidential bidders’. It is another reason for me to believe that surveys are a trending game.

There are still so many kinds of surveys held here and there, which I find amusing. Releasing surveys this close to the election proper will actually influenced the voting public. I personally talked to some people, mostly taxi drivers who rely on these surveys. A few said they want Gibo or Gordon but either is winnable so they might go for Aquino, a sure winner according to surveys.

Personally, I liked surveys but the way it goes here in the Philippines? I might as well do more important things that involve myself into some other people’s number game.

Iron Man 2 stars walked the red carpet of El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles today after bringing in a blockbuster performance. The sequel is expected to rake in more than the first time in 2008 and will try to shake the box office for a slot. Like in the first Iron Man, the movie is starred by Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jon Favreau among others. Veteran and Oscar winner Samuel Jackson is also included in this movie. Another new is screenplay writer Justin Theroux. The story is still based on Stan Lee’s Marvel comic book.

Here is IDMB’s summary of the film:

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, must forge new alliances — and confront powerful enemies.

Iron Man 2008 by screenplay writers Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway

Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile he’s captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armored suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armored suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

The playboy wolf and genius Tony Stark is the successful CIO of the Stark Industries, a weapon company founded by his father. His second in command is Obadiah Stane, who worked with his father, and his loyal and professional secretary is Pepper Potts, who has a crush on Tony. While in Afghanistan to demonstrate the ultimate Jericho missile developed by his company, his military convoy is attacked and Tony is seriously wounded on his chest and kidnapped by a group of rebels that wants him to assemble a missile for their use. Tony stays with his abductors for three months and develops a powerful metallic armor to escape from the cave where he is arrested. He decides to stop manufacturing weapons in his company under the protest of Obadiah, and dedicates his time to improve the armor, manufacturing it with gold and titanium and installing a propulsion system to fly. However, Pepper discovers that Tony was betrayed by Obadiah, who is using Tony’s data to build prototype armor for him, transforming it in the ultimate weapon.

Presidential bidder Dick Gordon sued the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia for their inaccurate and biased surveys. In his claim, Gordon said that pollsters of these two giants in the survey industry are limiting their surveys only to Aquino, Villar, and Estrada. They are not also being transparent who is or are behind these surveys. He asks the court to stop publishing these surveys this close in the election period and asks for Php 650,000. He says this money will go to Red Cross.

I have the reason to believe that Senator Dick Gordon has good intentions on this. The truth is, surveys are influencing the voting public. Besides, it is too near the Election Day to be releasing surveys as to who’s who the ‘people’ wants. I remembered the early surveys where they also divulged Manny Villar commissioning them. Why the sudden secrecy? Who commissions who or which and who gets favored with what?

If elections are won by the numbers of ad posters pinned on trees and posts, Gibo Teodoro will not win. Among the top five candidates as based on the surveys, Gibo has the smallest number of posters and stickers to be seen in the metro. What more on the back country streets and the less traveled roads?

To cite, I traveled by bus today and have seen only a couple of Gibo-Edu poster from Daraga to Naga. It was the same when we visited Bohol last February. The island is supposed to be part of One-Cebu Party, how come there is very little support we can see? Maybe, it was too early but then isn’t it better to be early than cram when the time comes?

This will maybe explain the reasons why some of the presidential bidders are not as popular as the others. True, this is not a popularity contest but who have won this bid by not first becoming popular?