2010 national elections

The VP on Saturday

“Imagine he commanded the police force to take off all posted welcome streamers, and even warned market vendors not to mingle with me. He should have given me due respect as the second highest elected official of the country even if we are not in one party in politics.” This was Vice President Jejomar Binay’s protest against Roxas City’s Mayor, Allan Celino. VP Binay was in Capiz to discuss housing projects for both the government employees and the poor with the city mayor. The mayor refused to give Binay such opportunity.

Through all this, Binay vowed to return to the city to deliver his mission. “I have that responsibility. I was elected to serve the people. I have the support of the administration,” the Vice President added.

It should be remembered that Roxas City is the bailiwick of former Senator Manuel Roxas, who ran against Binay in the 2010 elections and lost. Roxas, known as the President’s bestfriend and closest ally is now the newly appointed Transportation Secretary.


The May 10 election should have been a neat proceeding if everyone has followed the rules. I have seen a number of elections but this one, I think is the worst. What can you say about BEI’s who wore ballers of their favorite candidate? Isn’t that the worst of its kind? And even some election organizations that are supposed to be role models for being non-partisan are even clad in yellows with vulgar prints!

I wonder where the real essence of non-partisan election has gone. It should’ve been more understandable if the doers are the people or the voters, but the BEI? It just isn’t forgivable. I’m just hoping that these people know what they are doing and what they did is irreparable in the eyes of the young voters and the voters in the future.

This display of arrogance should open our eyes of what kind of leaders we will vote for. But if, and even with this malicious display of disgrace, the yellow one still gets the lead, then this speaks of our values.

In a latest survey by Campaigns & Images Group (CIG), Gibo Teodoro tops the in April 19 to 23 Cebu surveys. Gibo ranked first across different age groups. Here is a summary of the survey I got from Phistar.com:

Ages 18-28 29-39 40-51 52 + VOTERS
25.0 % 15.8 % 6.1 % 4.1 % 51.0 %
Teodoro 33% 19% 18% 28% 26%
Aquino 21% 7% 19% 18% 16%
Villar 32% 15% 15% 30% 25%
All others 14% 59% 48% 24% 33%
100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Voters Voters Voters Voters Voters
Teodoro 8,250 3,002 1,098 1,148 13,498
Aquino 5,250 1,106 1,159 738 8,253
Villar 8,000 2,370 915 1,230 12,515
All others 3,500 9,322 2,928 984 16,734
25,000 15,800 6,100 4,100 51,000

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.

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?