MANILA,  April 23, 2004
Reelectionist Sen. Robert Barbers expressed confidence that the administration Koalisyon ng Katapatan at Karanasan sa Kinabukasan (K-4) will still dominate the senatorial race come May 10.

"I believe that the voters are not just swayed by mere popularity but are also looking for platforms of governance and advocacies of a certain candidate who will craft bills that will address the genuine concerns of the nation," Barbers said Wednesday.

Barbers explained the latest survey result of pollster Pulse Asia taken from March 27 to April 4, which produced an outcome of an even 6-6 Senate slate from the K-4 and KNP political camps, could still change in the coming weeks prior to the May 10 elections.

Barbers placed 14th from the previous 11th spot with a 25.1 percent next to fellow K-4 candidate Rodolfo Biazon who is on 13th spot with a 25.4 percent rating in the voting poll.

Pulse Asia has said Barbers and Biazon are very much in contention and are still "within reach of a Senate seat."

"We can compare this current election campaign to the sport of boxing," Barbers said. "The 1st round started last January and we are now in the 9th round and the candidates who are made of the right stuff will prevail on the 12th round."

Barbers predicted an 8-4 outcome "with K-4 candidates dominating the Magic12."

Barbers, who is the principal author of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002, called on the people to select senatorial candidates well in order for the Senate to have a good balance of representations for the passage of national bills.

"Once again the people are given the opportunity to vote their leaders. It may be a cliché but we really have to vote wisely this coming election by studying the performances and characters of each and every candidate," he said.

Barbers warned against voting for candidates with no track record or those who "make empty promises with no assurance to back-up their claims."

"The country is once again placed in its finest hour to choose our next leaders come May 10, let us not put to waste our precious vote," Barbers said.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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