Monday, February 25, 2013

Villar leaps again in No. 4 poll

DAGUPAN CITY – Senatorial bet Cynthia Villar regained lost grounds in the past survey when she eclipsed other senatorial hopefuls in a poll by the Social Weather Station that was released recently by broadsheet Business World. According to the pollster the survey last February 15 to 17 this year conducted after the candidates were proclaimed on February 12, made Villar bounced backed to her former No. 4 saddle in December last year from the No. 8-9 notched in the SWS poll last January. The top three spots, meanwhile, continued to be held by reelectionist senators Loren B. Legarda of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), Francis Joseph "Chiz" G. Escudero (independent) and Alan Peter C. Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party-PNoy. Ms. Legarda and Mr. Escudero, as well as former censors board Chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares. Ms. Llamanzares, who was the surprise gainer in the last survey, improved to 5th-6th from 10th-11th. Tied with Ms. Poe for 5th-6th was Senator Aquilino Martin "Koko" D. Pimentel III (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan-PNoy), who was the only candidate in the "Magic 12," aside from the top three, who kept his ranking from last month. Seventh place, as earlier mentioned, went to Ms. Binay, who was followed by reelectionist Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV (NP-PNoy) who rose to 8th place from 10th-11th last month. In joint 9th-10th were San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito (UNA), son of former president Joseph E. Estrada, and Mr. Aquino (LP-PNoy). The February result is the lowest rank so far for Mr. Ejercito, who was 4th in January, and the highest for Mr. Aquino, who was 15th last month and 17th in two earlier surveys. Sharing 11th-12th places, meanwhile, were Mr. Angara of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino-PNoy and former senator Juan Miguel "Migz" F. Zubiri (UNA). Mr. Angara, who was 5th-7th in August 2012, was 13th in the January 2013 survey where Mr. Zubiri placed 7th. Villar was one of the most aggressive candidates in terms of using the television, radio, newspaper, and social media like Face Book to deliver their respective advocacies before the start of the February 12 to May 11, 2013 campaign period for senatorial candidates where they were not yet limited by the Commission on Election to convey their political advertisement. In the vote rich Pangasinan province alone, she has been barnstorming the province with utmost regularity with Villar commuting in a helicopter to hop from one of the 48 cities and towns strong Pangasinan to another. In his January 2013 husting in Pangasinan and before the January 19- 2013 SWS poll where he declined significantly, an unfazed Enrile commented on his fall from No. 4to No. 8-9 in the SWS in December last year. In her recent interview with ABS-CBN reporter Karen Avilla, Villar said her stocks in the survey have been very close to her rivals. “We were close to each other from 4 to 9 (notches), one percent, half percent. The race is too tight within the 12 candidates,” she stressed. She explained that the key in winning in the senatorial derby is how to deliver the right message to the people likejobs, livelihood and President Benigno Aquino III’s straight path. In her last visit at a fiesta in Binmaley, Pangasinan, Villar said her 20 year old Villar Foundation has been training and providing livelihood for the indigents in the towns of Santa Barbara, Malasiqui, Calasiao, and San Fabian to make water lily stalks into basket and furniture. She gives sacks of organic fertilizer too to farmers in Pangasinan. “ Santa Barbara, Malasiqui, and Calasiao have common river with water lilies. We will train them to make water lilies into basket, furniture, to remove the water lily in the river because it could be the source of the flooding there,” Villar, who was the crowning guest in a coronation night of the fiesta queen in capital town Lingayen told me (By Mortz C. Ortigoza).

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