MANILA, APRIL 15, 2013 (MANILA STANDARD) By Joyce Pangco Panares - President Benigno Aquino III is not giving up on his aspiration for a 12-0 sweep for the Team PNoy senatorial slate in the May 13 polls but an ally, Senator Sergio Osmena II says that goal is unrealistic.

The President said he will campaign hard for all senatorial candidates of the administration to win. “That is what we are working on, to make it happen,” he said.

“We are appealing to our bosses, to our fellowmen, to the Filipino people, that if they are starting to see for themselves the reforms we have instituted now, we are calling on them to vote for our 12 senatorial bets to hasten the changes happening in our country,” the President said.

In recent surveys, Team PNoy bets have dominated the Magic 12 with nine of them making it to the winning circle.

Of the three remaining administration bets, former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. was the biggest gainer in the recent Social Weather Survey.

From 17th in past SWS surveys, Magsaysay shot up to the 13th place, tied with Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile of the United Nationalist Alliance at 37 percent.

Earlier, Senator Sergio Osmeña III said a 12-0 sweep is not realistic.

“Is it achievable? Is it realistic? No. Not realistic because there are also very strong candidates on the UNA side,” the senator said.

He said the 12-0 win was just a “propaganda claim” that all political coalitions mouth during the campaign period.

“I have yet to see 12-0 in my entire life,” Osmeña said, adding that even at the height of cheating in the 1967 elections during the Marcos years, a sweep in the senatorial race never happened.

In another development, former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar of the Aquino-led Team PNoy on Tuesday welcomed the endorsement of the White Vote Movement led by Mike Velarde of the El Shaddai.

Villar confirmed that she was among the senatorial bets whom Velarde’s White Vote Movement will support.

“This is not only about the support of El Shaddai, it’s the support of the parishes of the Catholic Church,” Villar told reporters at the Mambusao multipurpose hall in Capiz where the administration coalition held a campaign rally Wednesday. Capiz is the bailiwick of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Velarde earlier said he was confident he could deliver at least six million votes in about 3,000 Catholic communities across the country for the candidates to be supported by his group, which counts 7 million voters.

Two other administration bets who got the White Vote’s nod were senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes.

On the other hand, the three candidates from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance were Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay, San Juan City Rep. Jose Victor Ejercito, and re-electionist Senator Gregorio Honasan.

These candidates all voted against the passage of the reproductive health bill which is now a law.

Villar said she is also working for the endorsement of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo and other Christian denominations like the Kingdom of Jesus Christ of Apollo Quiboloy.

Velarde said his group and dozens of other lay organizations had formed the “White Vote Movement” to campaign for pro-Church candidates in the May 13 elections. With Maricel Cruz


Team PNoy leads 9-4 in latest senatorial survey By Ellalyn B. De Vera Published: April 10, 2013

[The March 16-20 Pulse Asia survey among senatorial preferences showed six Team PNoy candidates, led by Sen. Loren Legarda, in the top six and three others in the next six slots. Only three from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance made it to the magic circle of 12. Aside from Legarda, also making it to the latest Pulse Asia poll were reelectionist Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, former Movie Review Board chair Grace Poe, re-electionist Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III and former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar.]

MANILA, Philippines --- Nine administration senatorial bets and four opposition candidates were neck and neck as they were named as probable winners in the May 2013 elections, based on the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) survey results.

The nationwide survey conducted last March 14-22 used face-to-face interviews 1,200 respondents.

Team PNoy bets, who occupied the top four slots, were: Senator Loren Legarda (57.3 percent), Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (52.56 percent), Senator Francis Escudero (50.7 percent), and former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar (47.32 percent).

Legarda occupied the top spot, while Cayetano and Escudero were tied in the second and third places.

Villar shared the fourth to seventh places with United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidates Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (46.96 percent), San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (46.53 percent), and UNA deputy secretary-general Nancy Binay (45.54 percent).

Sharing the eighth-ninth places were Team PNoy bets former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares (43.39 percent), and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (43.29 percent).

At 10th and 11th spots are Sen. Gregorio Honasan with 41.99 percent (UNA) and National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Paolo Benigno Aquino IV with 38.92 percent (Team PNoy).

Sharing 12th-13th places were Team PNoy candidates Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (37.50 percent), and former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (37.19 percent).

The Center noted that Cayetano has dislodged Escudero in second place, as they ranked third and second places, respectively in its January survey.

Villar and Pimentel shared fifth-sixth places, while Ejercito was at ninth place last January.

Binay has significantly improved her ranking from 10th last January to fourth-seventh at present. Likewise, Poe (from 11th-12th to eighth-ninth), Trillanes (from 11th-12th to eighth-ninth), Aquino (from 15th to 11th) and Angara (from 13th-14th to 12th-13th) saw gains in their rankings in the latest survey.

Meanwhile, Honasan and Zubiri’s ratings declined from seventh and eighth spots, respectively.


9-12 in survey: Team PNoy happy by Natashya Gutierrez Posted on 02/26/2013 12:52 PM | Updated 02/26/2013 12:52 PM

RIGHT TRACK, FOR NOW. A file photo of the administration's senatorial slate

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Philippines - Spirits are high among Team PNoy as the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed that 9 of the candidates in the Magic 12 are members of the coalition.

Presidential cousin and social entrepreneur Bam Aquino, the biggest winner in the surveys rising 8 survey points from number 15 to number 9-10, said his volunteers were cheering and jumping upon hearing the news. He expressed his gratefulness for the improvement and thanked his volunteers for their hard work on Tuesday, February 25 in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental where Team PNoy was hosting a sortie. (Read: What can a 6th Aquino bring to the Senate)

"When I heard the news, I kept quiet, prayed, and said thank you to volunteers," he said in Filipino.

Aquino said he feels that there has been shift among voters, who now focus on the track record of candidates rather than just their last names or their looks -- marked by the start of the campaign period. While he did not deny his sharing a last name with the President helped, he said he is confident people believe in his platform and advocacies.

He added voters are probably tired of the mudslinging, and are now looking at the accomplishments and message of bets.

Aquino said he had accepted most invites to speak and estimates having been to 30 provinces out of the top 50 since he declared plans to run. The newcomer has been present in all of Team PNoy sorties except the one in Bacolod because of a previous engagement.

"It shows our strategy works. We'll work hard and stick to our message," he said. "We will continue to push for reforms."

Re-electionist senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, and Alan Peter Cayetano - all from Team PNoy - remain the survey leaders although their ratings did not improve. They are followed by Cynthia Villar (Team PNoy), Grace Poe (Team PNoy), Koko Pimentel (Team PNoy), Nancy Binay (UNA), Sonny Trillanes (Team PNoy), JV Ejercito (UNA), Bam Aquino (Team PNoy), Sonny Angara (Team PNoy), and Miguel Zubiri (UNA).

The United Nationalist Alliance earlier junked its adopted candidates: survey leaders Legarda, Escudero, and Poe.

Not discouraged

While Aquino cracked the Magic 12 for the first time, 3 other members of Team PNoy remained outside the winning circle. Former senators Jamby Madrigal and Jun Magsaysay were at 14 and 16 respectively, while former Akbayan Rep Risa Hontiveros is at 18.

Consistently top-ranked candidate Loren Legarda said she would help lift the other coalition members, and was thankful for the continued support given her by the people.

But she said she is not yet content because ranking alone is not enough.

"It's very inspiring that I'm number one… but I'm far from perfect. My campaign is far from perfect. There is more to be done," she said.

She also asked that her top ranking not be attributed to her beauty or glamour, but her achievements.

"Let's not trivialize accomplishments. Kapag babae number one, kailangan glamor?" she said.

Legarda attributed her popularity to her hard work, joking she often has sleepless nights from the work she does, and the fact that she has no love life.

Meanwhile, both Magsaysay and Hontiveros expressed little concern on their steady rankings and failure to rise in the latest surveys. Magsaysay said he is not discouraged, and is instead encouraged by his consistent rank.

Both bets admitted they need to reach out to more groups, with Magsaysay saying he needs more exposure with the youth.

Too early to tell

The rankings may be encouraging for the coalition butTeam PNoy spokesperson Erin Tanada refused to be complacent.

"Elections are still 76 days away. Anything can still happen but it is a possibility to get all 12 candidates of Team PNoy in the winning circle," he said.

At the sortie, residents of the province came to the coalition's gathering, some of whom were wearing Bam Aquino t-shirts, which they told Rappler were distributed to them in their hometowns. The name on the shirts captured their curiosity, which convinced them to come to the sortie to see what Aquino -- the new candidate they had not yet heard of -- had to say.

Also on Twitter, the support of voters for those successful in the surveys were palpable. Netizens tweeted their enthusiasm for Aquino and Legarda, vowing their continued backing for the bets.

Twitter user @micashan enthusiastically tweeted to Rappler, "I will vote for Bam!," while @JamesMagsino2 posted, "Masipag si mam Loren! I'll support and vote for her!"

The news of the latest surveys was welcomed on the day the coalition visited Misamis Oriental and CDO, where former President Joseph Estrada and vice president Jejomar Binay garnered more votes than President Benigno Aquino III and his vice presidential bet Mar Roxas.

Both Estrada and Binay head the opposition UNA.

The bets hope the survey is a sign of a changing trend in the province. -

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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