Escudero on latest SWS survey: No excuses; it only means more hard work


Reelectionist Sen. Francis Escudero offered no excuses for his slide in the latest survey by Social Weather Stations that saw him landing in fifth place this month, down from first place in August last year.

“We accept the survey. You won’t hear me making any excuses. This only means we need to work harder but I don’t want to make survey analysis and reveal our next moves,” Escudero said at a press conference in Puerto Princesa City on Monday.

He went solo stomping in Puerto Princesa assisted by a small staff of supporters, doing radio program guesting and calling a press conference.

“I believe in surveys. They tell us what we need to do and to correct our mistakes if any,” said Escudero, who is on the administration’s Team PNoy slate.

Precarious standing

In Marawi City, Grace Poe, also a Team PNoy senatorial candidate, said the SWS report should remind her and fellow candidates that all of them “have a very precarious standing” in these surveys save for those in the top spot.

“We all have to pray and work harder,” she said in a text message sent to reporters after attending a rally at the Lanao del Norte capitol gym on Monday.


Team PNoy senatorial candidate Jamby Madrigal observed that the current batch of senatorial candidates appeared to “have an obsession with survey results.”

In an impromptu news conference after the Marawi event, Madrigal dismissed the opinion polls as a “mind-conditioning” campaign mechanism, saying this was the reason she did not subscribe to such surveys.

Madrigal pointed out that while she did not fare well in the surveys before the 2004 national elections, she ranked No. 4 in the official tabulation of Senate election results at the time.

Risa Hontiveros, who is also a Team PNoy senatorial candidate, urged voters to continue waging the war against traditional politics.

Work harder

She acknowledged that the latest SWS report meant she needed “to work harder—to try mobilizing grassroots supporters to campaign for me and to ask them to help raise resources.”

Hontiveros noted that other candidates could rely on famous surnames and ready cash that pay for TV ads shown on prime time.

“We should be wary about candidates who do not wish to be scrutinized by the public and are hiding behind advertisements. They might think that they are exempted from accountability,” she said in an e-mailed statement.

Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, who is also on the Team PNoy senatorial ticket, took his rise in ranking as “a sign that our tireless campaign to explain our advocacy for quality education and jobs generation is gaining traction.”

Angara said he was more inspired to double his campaign efforts in order to sustain his improvement in ranking until the elections on May 13.

Black propaganda

Angara warned the public against black propaganda that would try to dislodge Team PNoy candidates from the winners’ circle.

“With 21 days remaining in the campaign, I urge everyone to stop engaging in black propaganda and to focus instead on the candidates’ platform and stand on the pressing issues of the country,” he said.

Stop mining in Palawan

In Puerto Princesa, Escudero reiterated his earlier support for the campaign to exclude Palawan from mining and promised to push for new measures that would provide alternative policies to mineral extraction.

“I was one of the first to sign the petition to stop mining in Palawan, along with Ms. Gina Lopez (of the ABS CBN Foundation),” he said.

The senator proposed that mining areas in the country be properly delineated and that certain areas, including Palawan, be excluded because of its rich biodiversity.

“Mining areas should not be a choice to be made by proponents. The government should tell mining companies where they should mine, and I believe Palawan should not be the place,” he said.

Securitize land

Escudero also vowed to introduce a measure that would allow the government to “securitize” mineral lands. Under the concept, the government could borrow against untapped minerals at cheap rates and pay the loan in the future so that there would be no need to open the areas for actual mining, the senator said.

“Especially for rare earth minerals, we should study how we can maximize our benefit from them by, for example, allowing mining only when the companies agree to put in value added to their operations,” he said.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    It’s all well and good that Chiz slipped in the surveys again. Not hat the surveys provide an accurate picture of the actual results of the May 2013 elections, but it’s always good to remind these candidates that things are still up in the air. There’s no absolute certainty that SWS and Pulse Asia winners will actually end up as senators come election day. What’s even more precarious for Chiz is the fact that he probably lost Heart and her trust fund already. Heart is worth a lot more than Chiz’s PDAF for two terms put together. But as fate would have it, Chiz will have to find another woman with as big a trust fund. And since the unsavory side of Chiz has been exposed, it will be harder for Chiz to pretend that it’s true love he’s looking for. We thank the Ongpaucos for telling us the truth. Let’s just hope that this golddigger Chiz will end up digging his own grave sooner rather than later.

    • txtman


    • marionics

      hahahahaha hohoho

      kawawa naman si pitiful trollman. sobrang babaw na ng pinagbagsakan ng mga comments niya kaya wala na talagang nagrerespond sa mga comments niya


      yaaaaan ang talagang



    • JuanTamadachi

      Good one..

  • kenzhinn

    I hope Angara and hontiveros will rise up pa.. mas gugustuhin ko sya tumaas kaysa naman sa iba jan sa top 3 na hindi naman deserving..

    • txtman


    • marionics


      kawawa naman si pitiful trollman. sobrang babaw na ng pinagbagsakan ng mga comments niya kaya wala na talagang nagrerespond sa mga comments niya


      yaaaaan ang talagang



    • JuanTamadachi

      Me too. I hope those two + Jun Magsaysay make it.

  • Erick Labandia


  • regie

    i wish there is a law against this mind conditioning survey. isn’t this electioneering????maybe somebody should file a case to determine if this survey is not really an electioneering….

  • rolando mendoza

    naniniwala ako na mananalo si chiz escudero bilang senador maski ayaw ko sa kanya. maski maging pang no. 12 lang na mananalo ay pare pareho pa din ang sweldop nila. sa senado maliban sa mga komite nma lang magkakatalo.

  • calixto909

    Admirable response not unlike the UNA with so many reasons if they aren’t included or rating is slipping. Vote straight Team Pnoy so s to preserve and uphold our ballooning economy

  • WebUserToday

    More and more people dislike Escudero – that’s why.

  • nakawan

    get rid of that ridiculous “rebel” Honasan, and the two spoiled spawns of demons Binay and Enrile

    • Guest

      Yes, but if Honasan (and Trillanes for the same reason) doesn’t get re-elected he might resort to rebellion again causing more damage to the economy than his poor performance as an elected Senator.

      • nakawan

        I know right? His favorite pastime. That’s probably the only thing that guy is ever good at. That and running away.

  • penoy2012

    Are surveys credible and accurate? If they are, then let’s not hold elections anymore. If they are not, then let’s stop to all these surveys.

  • john lapiz

    After the ousting of Estrada in 2001, Allan Cayetano aligned himself with the Arroyos. Kaya batang Arroyo talaga itong si Alan Peter.

  • hashmoni

    Dahil bibo itong si Alan Peter, natuwa sa kanya si First Gentleman Mike Arroyo at binigyan pa ng pera si Pia ran for a senate seat in 2004.

    • girlie santiez

      Kaya nga malaki ang utang na loob ng Cayetano siblings sa mga Arroyo, tapos itinatanggi nila ‘yan at binibira pa ang mga Arroyo. Ipokrito’t ipokrita sila.

  • $8705409

    Hiwalawayan mo si heart at balikan ang dating asawa. Tataas uli ang survey mo.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Sometimes when you hear Aquino bets talk about working harder to win votes it just means that they will increase the attacks on Gloria and her Administration and up the blaming everything on them.

  • rlo

    So does this mean to say, Escudero believes in the surveys. Good. About time someone acknowledges it.

  • disqusted0fu

    Dating Heart to get more publicity has definitely backfired on Chiz when Heart’s mom spilled the beans on him. Now he has to work twice as much, which is probably the explanation why Chiz is one of the candidates who has the most exposure out of everyone.

    Meanwhile, Jamby is knocking on surveys because she’s never been a part of it even when it can allegedly be manipulated.

    Don’t worry team pnoy candidates, you still have the faulty PCOS machines that could work its magic for you.

  • altair22

    Like I said before, ang SWS at Pulse Asia surveys ay mga pakana lamang ng mga may salapi. Putris na mga kumpanyang yan, mga walang prinsipyo. Pera pera lang.

  • Concur_Dissent

    survey showed that only 50% of the voters completed a full slate of 12 senators. Given that the majority surveyed preferred Team Pinoy candidates, it appears that a significant number of pro-admin voters only voted for their top TP candidates and left out the “not to impressive” candidates including magsaysay, madrigal and hontiveros…

    If on election day and these voters chose not to complete a full slate of TP candidates, rest assured that Enrile and Honasan will be number 11 and number 12…. gusto nyo ba yun?

    Solution: to ensure ENRILE and HONASAN do not make it to the magic circle, COMPLETE YOUR BALLOT WITH A FULL SLATE OF TP CANDIDATES!!!

  • Guest

    Escudero cannot manage his own personal affairs, that’s enough proof he cannot manage the affairs of a country. This extremely biased newspaper – Inquirer – is influencing the public once again by giving undesirables Escudero, Honasan, Trillanes “free” publicity that will guarantee their re-election.

  • mewo_meow

    Escudero will definitely make it to the top 12. Marami siyang inakdang mga batas na nakabuti para sa lahat.

  • Janch

    Ang papangit ng campaign ads niya sa TV.

  • klepto

    hard work my a s s !!!!! b l o w j o b and f u c k maybe but not hard work.

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