GMA ON SWS POLL: VOTERS ARE MATURING
MANILA, March 5, 2004 (STAR) President Arroyo believes the opinions of respondents in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey where she gained a 1.3 percent lead over rival Fernando Poe Jr. will reflect the general sentiment of Filipino voters on May 10.
"The survey results are a clear signal that the people are primed to vote on the basis of a credible, concrete capacity to lead and govern," she said in a statement from Malacañang.
"The maturing electorate is showing a strong and growing solidarity behind the changes in the economy and the political system that we are fighting for," the President said.
Mrs. Arroyo said she does not give much importance to surveys, and that she uses them as a guide to feel the people’s pulse.
"The survey results are a call for leadership with the clout and expertise to turn the economy around, bring in investments to create jobs and build modern infrastructure," she said.
"The people want to know more about what and how we can deliver in terms of more jobs, health care, more housing and stable prices," the Chief Executive said.
Mrs. Arroyo said despite her improved rating, she would not stop working to promote her bid to be elected for a full six-year term.
"We must forge on with a principled and informative campaign that banners clean government, clean elections and clean water," she said.
Mrs. Arroyo resumed her campaign in Metro Manila yesterday along with her vice-presidential running mate Sen. Noli de Castro and the senatorial candidates of the Koalisyon ng Katapatan at Karanasan para sa Kinabukasan (K-4). Mrs. Arroyo fared badly in Metro Manila in the SWS survey. — Marichu Villanueva
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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