Some senatorial aspirants to petition against election surveys

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2019   •   3330

(L-R) Atty. Larry Gadon and Antonio ‘Butch’ Valdez

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial hopefuls Atty. Larry Gadon and Antonio ‘Butch’ Valdez on Monday (January 21) will file a petition at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against election surveys being conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Gadon argued that surveys prevent voters from choosing wisely as some are swayed to favor candidates based on survey ranking than on
track record and qualifications.

“Ang sinasabi ko dito sa petition, huwag na nilang i-publish dahil ang nangyayari nagiging instrument ito ng mind conditioning, na instead na makapagbigay ng tamang impormasyon sa botante ay parang ginagamit ito para ikondisyon ang isip nila na ito ang iboto niyo,” Gadon said.

The two also questioned the process of the surveys as they are tapping only a small percentage of the entire Philippine population.

They claim that surveys are not valid information but mere propaganda.

However, Jose Ramon Albert, a senior research fellow in the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) belied such claim saying surveys actually reflect the preference of the public.

Albert added that there are many factors that may influence a person’s preference such as the social media.

“The Supreme Court already had a view about this a long time ago about this being a right to information. Surveys are largely a snapshot of what people think. Whether others get influenced by a bandwagon is ultimately an issue of choices of people given information. Even traditional and social media are carriers of information and can influence people, should that mean media should be banned as well?” Albert said.

Valdez, for his part, urges the public to be wise in choosing a candidate and not to depend on surveys.

“We should get out people involved. Lahat po ng mga mamamayan, whatever your party affiliations are, you must get involved to get back the country into the hands of Filipinos,” he said.

The UNTV News and Rescue team sought the Comelec for comments but to no avail.

The poll body previously noted, however, that the public should not depend on surveys when it comes to voting or electing a public official.

“Halimbawa, kung ikaw naniniwala ka sa karapatan ng mga kababaihan, bakit ka pipili ng kandidato na ang mga kilos at mga gawa ay hindi nakatuon sa kababaihan o hindi pumo-protekta sa kababaihan?”
said Comelec spokesperson, James Jimenez .

“Pipili ka ng sumasang- ayon sa iyong paniniwala and I think iyon ang pinakamahalagang standard na ginagamit natin,” he added — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aileen Cerrudo)

House OK on Barangay, SK polls deferment ‘no surprise,’ says Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it is not surprised by the move of the House of Representatives to approve the bill seeking to defer the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 5, 2022.

“This does not come as a surprise,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a message to reporters. “The COMELEC had, in fact, slowed down preparations for the Barangay Elections of 2020 in anticipation of this legislation.”

Jimenez said that with the impending approval of Congress on the measure, the poll body is now looking to focus on preparing for the next national and local elections.

“With the approval of the House and the looming decision of the Senate on the same matter, the COMELEC is looking forward to focusing on the process of re-starting the continuing registration and, in the longer term, preparing for the 2022 National and Local Elections,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Lower House gave its nod to a proposal seeking to reschedule the local polls to allow more time for incumbent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to implement and complete their respective projects.

After the 2022 elections, subsequent barangay and SK elections will be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.

The amended version of the House bill is similar to the one that Senate passed on September 30.

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his fourth State of the Nation Address in July, called on Congress to postpone the village elections.

BuCor controversy seen as reason for decrease in Duterte’s trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   October 8, 2019

The latest Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey showed a 7-point decrease in President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval rating.

According to Pulse Asia, the reasons offered by the respondents in giving an approval or disapproval rating to a certain government official vary, and that the decrease in the President’s trust rating doesn’t necessarily mean that the public distrust on him has increased.

“Ang tumaas iyong indecision. Hindi sila makapagsabi kung sila ay nagtitiwala o hindi nagtitiwala,” said Ana Marie Tabunda, Pulse Asia’s Research Director.

“Maaaring iba iba iyong kanilang dahilan pero siguro malaki iyong kanilang epekto nitong mga balita tungkol sa nangyari sa Bureau of Corrections,” she added.

This is not the first time that a significant drop in the Filipinos’ trust rating on the President happened.

According to Pulse Asia, the Chief Executive experienced a drop in his performance rating in September 2018 when the country was facing inflation problems and inadequate rice supply.

The President, nevertheless, was able to recover from the slump and restored the public’s confidence in him in the succeeding months.

Tabunda also stressed that, compared to previous administrations, the president was able to sustain his high approval and trust ratings for a long time.

“Iyong kay President Estrada noong simula mataas din. Iyong kay President Aquino noong simula mataas din pero ano eh syempre pag dumadaan ang issues lahat nilalagay sa paanan ng Malacañang. Sa pintuan ng Malacañang so bumababa yan. Pero si Presidente Duterte ang pinakamatagal na ganito kataas,” Tabunda said.

Pulse Asia considers this result as an indication that the President is still enjoying a honeymoon period with the public even though he is already in the middle of his term.

“Hanggang ngayon honeymoon, kung sakali, in the sense na hanggang ngayon hindi pa siya bumababa. Ang lowest na trust niya 70. Line of 7. Ang lowest approval niya 75. Mataas iyan,” Tabunda added.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also had a 5-point decrease in her trust rating.

Pulse Asia, however, clarified that such was not a significant drop.

Other high-ranking government officials, such as Senate President Tito Sotto, House Speaker Alan Cayetano, and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, have maintained a high trust rating. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Duterte still most trusted PH official despite dip in trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist while delivering his speech upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 6, 2019 following his successful official visit to the Russian Federation. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is still the most trusted official in the Philippine government despite a dip in his approval and trust ratings in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia on Monday (Oct. 7).

The survey revealed Duterte received a 78 percent approval rating in September, down by seven percent from his June 2019 rating.

His trust rating also declined to 74 percent from 85 percent in June.

Malacañang, however, said the drop in Duterte’s ratings is not a cause for concern, noting that it usually fluctuates depending on issues and time when it was taken.

“The ratings still high, more than 70%. The survey fluctuates depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo’s ratings also declined, receiving a 50 percent approval rating and 46 percent trust rating in the recent Pulse Asia survey.

Robredo’s ratings dropped by five and six percentage points, respectively compared to her ratings in June.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III got 72 percent approval and 66 percent trust rating while House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano got 64 percent approval and 62 percent trust rating.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, meanwhile, got a 42 percent approval rating and 34 percent trust rating.

Pulse Asia said the poll was conducted from Sept. 16 to 22 with 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above when issues hounding the National Bilibid Prison, Bureau of Corrections, including the good conduct time allowance mess, and the Philippine National Police dominated news headlines.

It has a ± 2.8% error margin at the 95% confidence level. 

Those interested in further technical details may refer to Pulse Asia’s website (www.pulseasia.ph)RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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