Kapatiran candidate assails election surveys

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MANILA, Philippines—Ang Kapatiran Party senatorial candidate John Carlos de los Reyes slammed the polling firms Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations on Thursday, accusing them of conditioning the minds of voters and promoting what he called “sabong mentality” (making rivalries out of innocent people) among Filipinos.

De los Reyes said in an interview that “Pulse Asia should be called False Asia instead.”

“Surveys are supposed to be systematic. They’re supposed to be a way of gauging the [chances of winning] of a candidate,” he said, adding, however, that he was “wary of outfits that publicize their survey results irresponsibly so as to make the same surveys a basis for mind conditioning and to communicate to the people the sabong mentality politics, which preaches ‘dito tayo sa malakas na kandidato dahil sayang lang ang boto natin doon sa mga mahihinang kandidato’(join the winning group and don’t waste your vote by choosing weak candidates).”

Both Pulse Asia and SWS are “wittingly or unwittingly conditioning the minds of the voters,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Surveys won’t influence me…. A high or low ranking in these surveys will not increase or decrease my resolve to introduce my mission to the Filipino people. I’m committed to contribute a responsible and accountable brand of politics through our Kapatiran Party,” he added.

Evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, the Bangon Pilipinas party’s lone senatorial bet, meanwhile, said he believed in the “integrity of both SWS and Pulse Asia” in spite of the “inside maneuverings made by some political operators in the 2004 and 2010 elections.”

“I won’t name names but the same political operators had confessed to me they really did something irregular during those two national elections,” he said.

But “generally, I believe in surveys,” the leader of the Jesus is Lord church said.

Both De los Reyes and Villanueva have yet to make it to surveys’ winning circle, which is dominated by the senatorial bets of the administration coalition, composed of the Liberal Party, Akbayan, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Nacionalista Party and PDP-Laban.

In Pulse Asia’s Feb. 24-28 survey, Villanueva and De los Reyes placed 20th and 24th, respectively, among 33 senatorial candidates. Another independent bet, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn fared better, placing 19th.

Both Villanueva and De los Reyes also failed to make it to the so-called “Magic 12″ in the latest SWS survey, topped by nine administration candidates and three from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

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  • buttones

    Grow up Reyes, this is PH politics, stop bleating- if you can’t stand the heat.. Etc. You wanted to sit at the table, you knew the rules of the game before you sat down didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU? What a Muppet!

    • MaySenseBa

      agreed, this actually turns me off, this seems to counter their non-traditional approach to politics as he is starting to sound very traditional.

      Diba dapat, “we will continue to provide a alternative to people who are hungry to see real change etc…The survey results underscore the importance of continuing to educate the voters, emphasizing to them that there are alternatives out there, there are options..”

    • BOYPDAF

      and you call election a game?and we elctorate playing games?because this is the rule of the game u are saying?ur are the muppet trapong botante!

      • buttones

        The comment was not supposed to have been taken literally, I was speaking metaphorically, that is, taking two things, in this case the election process, and a game. These two things are not the same but have things in common. That’s a metaphor.

        Let me expand on that. On one side we have a game, lets choose US football for example, and on the other we have the election process.

        Football [US] have two opposing teams- and in this case so do the political protagonists, UNA and LP- a commonality.

        Football teams have uniforms, so do political opponents

        Football supporters wear their team colors, so do political supporters.

        Football teams have cheerleaders and dancing girls and bands- so do political parties.

        If the rules of football are broken the team appeals, if the ’rules’ of election campaigning [ a vague area] the same thing happens.

        These are the commonalities. I said, basically, that if Reyes is not aware of the ’rules’ of political campaigning where almost anything goes, he should not even be at the ’table’ or in the case of the illustration above – ’on the field’.

        You may have heard [ or you may not have] an expression, which is in fact part of a song “The game of life is hard to play…’ it really doesn’t mean that life is a game. Get it? Got it? Good…

      • BOYPDAF

        Im not that idiot to be lectured by your methaporical idea,i know that what im trying to say is because thats the rule of the game that you are saying,people should accept the fact that things cannot be change in politics cause its the ” Practice”..Football is a physical game and u have to play dirty in order to win???is that what ur trying to imply?that accept the traditional way of politicking in the country?ur TRAPO BOTANTE is what i have to say

      • buttones

        I did not, and never would accuse you of being an idiot, you took my original comment as being literal, so I just reminded you of it’s metaphorical content, I’m sure you know what a metaphor is-

        On this issue of tradpo’s, you have the wrong idea about where I stand on this issue. I find tradpos loathsome, I find dynastical families even more so, I find the people who vote for these people also utterly pathetic. Why do I hold this view? Well it’s quite simple, and I hope you might agree also- over the last 67 years the affairs of this country have been conducted by ’tradpos’ and the dynastical crowd which have resulted in a more than a 100% rise in poverty [ a concern of tradpos, it’s on all of their manifestos] It has also resulted in the fact that half a million kids go to school malnourished, leaving behind their younger siblings so let’s round that off to a bare million kids. 30% of this nation do not even have a toilet, 95% of our village roads lie unpaved, the environment has been destroyed for pennies to line the purses of these tradpols.

        Let’s be realistic here, the last 67 years have been an utter, complete failure, credit for that goes to ALL the tradpos and dynastical mob. That is where I stand on the matter, not only that I am very wary about new boys on the block as well, they might just be swallowed by the whole corrupt system.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    To Kapatiran, wait for the next survey results. The latest results were from surveys conducted betwen Feb 24 to 28. Wala pang napapatay sa Sabah nun. It was in March that the death toll started. Public sentiment was and remains overwhelmingly against PNoy on that matter. Let’s see if the SWS and Pulse Asia can still be so blatant in coming up with fabricated survey results. PNoy will hurt his Team PNoy in the next survey.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      wait for next survey de los reyes will be on magic 12 he he he bilib talaga ako sa iyo bro kapal ng apog mo,,baka next survey masama sa magic 12 or maging magic flakes

  • nes911

    Kung si delos reyes ay lumabas na no.1 sa survey, aangal ba siya? Perennial loser kasi kaya nagpapapansin. Mag quit na lng siya para hindi na mahirapan ang sarili niya.

  • sigbinko

    Villanueva and De los Reyes are top number 1 and 2, from the bottom list  :):):)

    kahit anong gawin nyong ingay, di kayo mananalo!

    alam ko may ibubuga kayo ngunit magsimula naman kayo sa munisipalidad..Gusto nyo naman sumikat agad at maging senador…naku naman!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      tumakbo pa nga ng pagka presidente..buti pa si bro eddie kahit papano naniniwala sa survey,,he he he bat sabong sabungero ka rin ba..kahit mag tutuwad ka pa diyan kahit anong survey,,lagi kang di tataas sa ika 21 pwesto kung gusto mo naman para malaman mo kung totoo ang nirereklamo mo sumama ka pag nag sosurveyo gawin mo mag pa survey ang CBCP baka masama ka sa magic 22 

    • BOYPDAF

      NAging Councilor na po si JC FOI

    • jerwax

       tugma yan kay bam aquino. ni brgy captain yata wala, pero aquino eh. anong magagawa namin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ROSVDL5VZCY7B5BCC7JCVI7PEU Otilcar

    Malabo ang mata at isip natin kabayan, hindi natin makita ang mga taong marangal ang puso at hangarin na maglingkod sa bayan. Ang dami diyan baguhan pero nakapasok sila dahil sa maling takbo ng ating pag iisip. Bandang huli ang bayan ang apektado. Sino ang dapat sishin? ang mga katulad natin (natin) na sarado ang mata at isip para sa bayan.Bakit di natin buksan ang isip natin?

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      bukas na bukas at 20/20 pang mata ko

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