Gordon tops Ateneo poll


Former senator Richard “Dick” Gordon: No. 1 pick for Ateneans. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—He may not be among the Top 12 senatorial bets in the latest ranking of a mainstream survey firm but for Atenean voters, returning candidate and former senator Richard “Dick” Gordon is their No. 1 pick.

The survey, conducted by the Ateneo Statistics Circle from Feb. 6 to 15 among 200 Ateneans of voting age, showed that 71 percent of the respondents would pick Gordon for senator.

According to the elite school’s official paper The Guidon, former congresswoman Risa Hontiveros ranks second, garnering 69 percent of the votes.

In third and fourth place are Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, a nephew of President Aquino, and incumbent Sen. Francis Escudero, with 65 percent and 63 percent of the votes, respectively.

Gordon, Hontiveros and Aquino obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Ateneo while Escudero graduated from the University of the Philippines.

Gordon is a candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance while Hontiveros and Aquino are with the Liberal Party-led coalition of the administration. Escudero is a common candidate of both parties.

Gordon, a former mayor of Olongapo City, became chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority during the administration of President Fidel Ramos, and secretary of tourism under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  In 2004, he was elected as senator under the ticket of Ms. Arroyo. He later ran for president in the 2010 elections, but lost. He is currently chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross.

Hontiveros is a former Akbayan representative, while Escudero is a reelectionist senator. Bam Aquino used to be with the National Youth Commission and had co-founded a social enterprise company.

The Ateneo survey also showed that only one-fourth of the respondents had picked a complete lineup of 12 senators. 50 percent voted for at least eight senators, while 3 percent did not list anyone at all.

The survey respondents were also asked to rate the desirable qualities they value in government officials, using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the “most desirable.”

For the respondents, honesty, commitment, and knowledge of the work were the most desirable traits. As to the issues they think the government must pay attention to, they picked education, corruption, and poverty as the most important.

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  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Kandidato ng mga burgis!

    • http://inquirer.net/ binaygulay

      or rather, kandidato ng mga nag-iisip

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Vote Gordon for president!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Even how much hype this news bring it doesn’t make sense for one to vote for Gordon as he associated himself to an ex-con-ex-pres who dipped and burn his hands on illegal game jueteng for his personal gains. 
    It is just lamenting to see a supposed to be a better leader demoting himself to a lower level.This is the real facts about politics and every player would use anyone and stoop as low as they can to achieve their goals. I am hoping it would be good for the people and not only good for personal gains for this politician.

    • batukan

      we cannot fault gordon because the administrationabandoned him as one of its candidate, as a politician one would rather join a party with a machinery for proper campaigning than going it alone ad be left behind.  Fact is, he is the only deserving of the people’s vote on all of UNA including the common candidate.

      • jurbinsky77

        Gordon the opportunist.

        His policy is 3-monkey politics. During the marcos’ martial law,  Gordon saw no evil, heard no evil and said no evil.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

         But then so did a lot of politicians during the time. Not to be compared to those who actively fought against Marcos, but those politicians who did are no better statesmen than Gordon is.

        Simply, they were fighting Marcos, but that doesn’t make them good statesmen after Marcos was deposed.

        As @yahoo-JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM:disqus said, he may not be perfect, but so far his record as a statesman and implementer of laws outweighs other’s.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       J, you put too much importance on political parties here in the Philippines. They are about as important as the vehicle the politician rode towards a political rally.  After all, pp’s here in the philippines are just VESSEL which politicians use muster resources to draw people in. They may not share ideologies, or traits that could be compared to the US’s political parties ( i.e. Democrats and Republicans) where common traits and ideologies prevail.  Such is their beliefs in conservatism, liberalism, gun control and other factors which differs one party against the other.

      I do not put too much into political parties, having said that, I will vote from UNA and LP based on the platform pushed by INDIVIDUAL politicians.   I may vote for other not associated with the 2 mentioned previously.

  • oidkcin

    I liken the candidates of both parties & all the politicians past and present led by the abnoydski pwesident, to the ayatollahs & ruhollahs. They are the paragons of virtues, good-mannered, can never do wrong, pure as white, smooth as silk Sons And Daughters Of B…..Talagang walang kabigin, puro itulak, lahat panapon ‘ika nga.Impeach Aquino….& her brother.


      A new jingle in town PWESIDENT. What a great word inventor Donk …. yeheyyyy ….. I will adopt that … nya… hahaha……

      • oidkcin

        das copyright infringement, ya know. a violation of one of my inalienable rights na kasama nating ipinaglaban sa EDSA 1, ‘yan e. MAKIBAKA!
        Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

      • ARIKUTIK

        MAKIBAKA, say NO to Pwesident and her cousin Bam Aquino. Bring back sanity in PH.

    • jgl414567

       You are out of your mind the president has no brother! This only shows your lack of information, go back to school ok!

      • oidkcin

        hindi ok. wakanga ikaw hindi arunong intindi.
        Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        Sir, we’re dealing with a very smart guy. pagbigyan mo na lang. haha

      • oidkcin

        salamat sa compliment.
        Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

      her brother? 

      You belong to the rare breed of Filipinos….yung pang wow mali!

      • oidkcin

        yes, her brother.
        on the contrary, my man or woman, you do.
        Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        ok ok ok, i got you. Kunyari siraulo ako. Nagkakaintindihan tayo. 

      • oidkcin

        ‘wag na kunyari, ‘kaw naman, totohanin na nato.
        Impeach Aquino…..& her brother.


    The country needs experienced and proven competent administrator. VOTE GORDON for effecient govt. Creatures like Bum Aquino and Hontiveros are nothing but street walkers, unqualified brain that can never pass corporate job interview. NO to STREET BUMS.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

      I disagree with you how you call Bam a streetwalker and unqualified. 12000 sari sari stores were products of his genius, awarded globally and a consistent principled individual.

      No senator has the clean record like that of Bam. Nagmamarunong ka to say he cant pass a corporate job interview.

      You cant even spell efficient correctly.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Spilleng Bee contest is now a theng of the past. Even the dumbest of them all can spell 101% correct through artificial brain of keyboard with red colored word. High speed mispelling is now the mark of intelligence. Correct spelling is for the dumbs hiding behind computer correction. Bam Aquino is genious through sari sari store idea ! Ow come on, give me a break, even the cigarrete peddling Takatak boys in the streets can be considered as sari sari store. Bam Aquino is genious as Takatak boys. A real Bum of the streets who can not find job other than to be in PH politics through name qualification. A real jobless Bum.   

      • droccu

        “High speed misspelling is now the mark of intelligence”- WOW first time I heard of this…I guess it’s about time I dumb down my written work to ensure that I get a good corporate job! In a way Arikutik may be right- you don’t need correct spelling to be a paid hack in the column commentaries- or intelligence for that matter….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        hahahah! Isnt this fun? hahaha Arikutik might have regrets going online

      • jgl414567

        A very convenient yet very shallow alibi arikutik and nobody buys that!

      • ARIKUTIK

        What are you talking about, the spilleng mechandise ? I’ll buy it to save time polishing a blogg only. Time is gold but spelling is dumbs gold. Wacky thoughs is savory in misspelled words. But if your implying about Bam Aquino ingenuity of sari sari store. Then Bam’s brain is ingeniuty of street peddling Takatak boy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        Jobless Bam Aquino? You’re one misleaded, arr ogant and ignorant piece of arikutik. I respect takatak boys, they work hard to earn. I prefer them than people who cant spell correctly. “Thing” is spelled with an “i”. A first grader knows that.
        Bam started jobs nationwide. He’s a jobstarter, an entrepreneur. 

        Get your thesaurus, brush up your spelling and grammar then go back for the debate. If not, go and vote for Lito Lapid.

      • jgl414567

        I totally agree with you this Arikutik just like his username needs to have his head examined. He can’t even spell words correctly and now he criticizes below the belt candidates that have integrity!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    Gordon is a good leader, not perfect but a good people mover.

    Ateneo’s choice reflected the educated’s choice of senators. No Enriles, no Binays, no Estradas. They understand who are the traditional, corrupt and lying candidates.

    Gordon and Bam Aquino have my vote.


      Gordon and Bam belongs to opposite direction of political parties. They can not be likened with each other. Gordon is competently intelligent. Bam is nothing but a jobless bum in the street splashing around a NAME ONLY with brain of gene cousin Boy AB. Do we need another cocoNut head in our government ? No ! one Abnoy is enough.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTLSJUKB7UD6OHFVJGSVF3NZRE Bogs

        I though Bam graduated suma cumlaude, bakit no brain?

      • ARIKUTIK

        No Brain because Bam Aquino is gene cousin of a Pwesident.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        So if you are a cousin of Arikutik, that make’s you dum b also? Take your medicine dude.

        Better yet, make sure you pass the exams on Friday. Or keep it shut, Lito Lapid!

      • ARIKUTIK

        Hey walang personalan. Lito Lapid represents the thirst of poor Filipinos. I may not vote for him but I have sympathy to those who voted for Lapid. It is a vote of desperation. As for personal matters that you brought up. Is it ones fault if an offspring pass the exam to graduate as valedictorian and when landed on a job was sent to USA for training ? I have nothing to do about it ! weeeee….. Unblievable truth is dump as lies, especially if aided by the another offspring who was granted scholarship by foriegn govt. to pursue graduate studies in Australia….. byeeeeeee ……. >>>>>>  

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        Lito Lapid represents the dum b Filipinos who vote for actors they see on TV. 

        It’s not personal, i just find you a little bit off center with your tirades. Maybe this will teach you a little bit of a lesson, before you hit another key in your computer, think first. Ask yourself, is this a smart thing to do or am I making a joker out of myself?

        Lito Lapid, Ramon Revilla, Erap, Sotto: They dont represent the thirst of poor Filipinos but our gullibility.

        Education will make those poor Filipinos have a good chance in life. 

        Good luck with your final exams!

      • ARIKUTIK

        You said it right. Filipinos voted on what they see on TV. Now do tell > What education did they learn from our present media ? The corrupt judiciary and media had PakDaf the Filipino brain.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Last last post for the tickling subject of Gullibility > the fashion crazed young voters are the most gullible of all. Proof IS Penoy who was just sleeping on the chair when a new fashion blow in town. The mother died, present the son as president while TV is struck with emotions. The fashion gullible young ones danced to the tune which landed a clueless creature into Malacanang. PH governance was flung into brainless emotions. BRING BACK SANITY…. NO to Team Penoy ! yeheyyyyyy….. byeeeeee…… nice daydreams…… >>>>>>>  

      • http://twitter.com/VillaflorArchie Archie Villaflor

        Jobless bum??? do your research first before you say that. baka wala ka pa sa kalingkingan ng galing ni Bam.

  • marionics

    patok sa ateneo yung kandidato ni Night a he he

  • Guest

    Gordon needs more media exposure. His presence in Aktiv radio program (TV5) is not enough. Most voters between 18-37 years old, which accounts for 52.5% of the voting population as extrapolated from NSCB’s 2010 census results, don’t remember what Gordon did when the 1990 North Luzon Earthquake struck. His name does not resonate with the younger voters because most of his achievements were from an earlier time. What he’s done in Red Cross is not well highlighted. Good luck to you Mr. Gordon.

  • Pok2

    Utang ng kuryente sa Olongapo ay 4 billion. Sino ang maysala? Nobody is responsible and people just take the sufferrings. Tutoong bobo si Juan de la Cruz in general. Poor philippines

  • jgl414567

    The fact that Gordon joined UNA makes him a politician who will sacrifice principle for expediency and that doesn’t speak well of his character so i will not vote for him. 


      The fact that Gordon joined UNA proves, “Team Penoy” is cocoNUTS team.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGVP3UL7WAF3VAZII55S74TMQQ yahoo-EGVP3UL7WAF3VAZII55S74TMQQ

    Eeeks, and I thought you Ateneans were intelligent people.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

      we stopped claiming intelligence when that idyotic mo ronic re tarded president BS Aquino became president. mostly, we hung our head in embarrassment and shame for three years now.

  • NinjaMan

    who the fcku is bam aquino???

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      He is another senator favorite of the burgis crowd of Loyola.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

      Where the fcuk is your google or yahoo search? 

      • NinjaMan

        it’s a sarcastic remark, moron. where the fcuk is your brain?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        It’s common sense, mo ron. And common sense is not common to you.

        Who the fcuk is Gardo Verdoza? Hiding in a name?

        No one can convince a prejudiced guy like you. No way.

      • NinjaMan

        obviously, idiots like you are a dime a dozen. because really, who the fcuk is bam aquino? what the hell did that idiot do? his only capital is his name. and that’s an insult to ninoy and cory. so fcuk you, Franzeline Perdubal, you stupid moron. LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        Thank you man. You have shown your level of intelligence with name calling.

        Now take your blood pressure meds. l0ser

      • NinjaMan

        this idiot is putting other idiots to shame. i called her by her name, and she calls it name calling.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        How’s the Blood Pressure going, dude?

        If I’m an i diot, so be it. That means you’re a better guy. Kudos to you.

        Did you win the argument?

      • NinjaMan

         pa awa epek ka pa. LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        No, i just enjoy talking to hot headed, short tempered geniuses.

        They lose reason when the BP shoots up.

      • NinjaMan

        well you better crank up your meds, because your bp’s shooting up, LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/VillaflorArchie Archie Villaflor

    Bam is NOT the nephew of PNoy. He’s the cousin of the President

  • ilovenews123456

    The full results are here. Haay Ateneans! http://www.theguidon.com/2013/02/gordon-tops-senatorial-race-survey-in-ateneo/ 

  • kilabot

    ateneo is now a bastion of perverts. 
    the only good thing coming out of there nowadays is their champion basketball team; 
    and their improved women volleyball team; 
    besides those, ateneo suc ks.


    No doubt, Bam Aquino will win.

  • bryanbrian

    A big NO for gordon, a loyal tuta of arroyo.

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