Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon yesterday slammed political surveys for inaccurately preconditioning the minds of voters, while Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada charged opponents of the United Nationalist Alliance with waging a demolition job against UNA bets who have made it to the Magic 12.
Gordon, Ejercito-Estrada, Mitos Magsaysay, Nancy Binay, Jack Enrile, and Ernesto Maceda were among the UNA bets campaigning in Negros Occidental yesterday.
Gordon, who has not appeared in the Magic 12 of the senatorial bet surveys, said he leaves his winning the race for a Senate seat to the people, adding that the surveys have been wrong in the past.
In 2010, Gordon filed a civil complaint for damages before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court against survey firms Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, claiming methods they were using were flawed and inaccurate.
The surveys predicted that Fernando Poe Jr. would lose miserably to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the race for the presidency in 2004, and it ended up with Arroyo winning only in Parañaque, Gordon said.
In 2010, the surveys showed Jejomar Binay at the tail end of the race for the vice presidency and yet he won, Gordon added.
Gordon said he does not have faith in people who do the surveys as a business. “They ask me to pay a certain amount of money and if I don't, I go down…When the surveys come out, they don't look at your service records, they look at the money you paid them.”
Calling the publication of surveys a rotten system, Gordon warned of the danger that “they manage our minds.”
“We have a colonial hang over in this country where Filipinos are always told what to do…surveys shackle minds,” he added.
Gordon said surveys are irrelevant, service is what counts, noting that he has been a mayor, a senator and a member of the Cabinet committee, who has been dedicated to serving the country.
He said the people should ensure that those voted into the Senate are not those who will just sit down and do nothing for the country.
Find out if those topping the surveys stood up for the country and the kind of legislations they have authored, he said.
Both Gordon and Ejercito-Estrada said the UNA senatorial bets remain united in their campaign, but some of them were covering special areas they feel they should go to.
Ejercito-Estrada lamented the demolition jobs against him and Enrile, who have made it to the Magic 12 in the surveys, by their opponents in the administration in their attempt to get a 12-0 win.
He said about four negative issues are thrown against him a week, citing among them the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism allegation that he owns an offshore corporation, and that he snubbed the daughter of Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
It's an obvious demolition job to bring me down, he said.
However, he does not believe it will affect his chances of winning a senate seat, since his record as a public servant has been unblemished.
The demolition job is being focused on the UNA frontrunners by the opposition in attempt to win a 12-0 senate slate, he said.
Ejercito-Estrada said he does not depend on the survey results, he is working very hard to win despite the demolition job on him, and so many disadvantages.
Their opponents have government resources and machinery, Ejercito-Estrada said.
Our biggest problem at UNA is funding, he said, pointing that he has had to hold off his television advertisements last week because of this.
“The fuel is not low, it is on reserve,” he said of their campaign resources.
Gordon and Ejercito-Estrada held press conferences in Bacolod City, while Magsaysay, Binay and Enrile went on handshaking sorties in southern Negros yesterday.
Maceda paid a courtesy call on Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Capitol in Bacolod City.*CPG