Gordon: Don’t be fooled by surveys, ads
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon on Friday took a swipe at 2 of his presidential opponents who have been topping election surveys, urging 50 million Filipino voters to discern deeply their choices for next Philippine president.
“Ang survey na iyan ay ingatan natin… Dapat mag-isip ang tao. (We should be careful with these surveys… People should think),” Gordon said in an interview on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, when asked about his consistently low voter preference in presidential surveys.
Gordon, standard-bearer of Bagong Bayan party, criticized the surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations for conditioning the minds of the voters.
He said these surveys sway people from making careful choices, and rob them of their votes.
“Itong eleksyon, mahalaga iyan eh. Kapag pinabayaan mo na hindi ka mag-isip, ninakaw na ang boto mo (Elections is a very important political event. Your vote is already robbed if you stop thinking and depend on surveys),” the senator said.
He also said that he is against the publication of election survey results. He added that surveys should only be used internally by candidates to guide their campaign.
Gordon said that in 2004, he was No. 29 in the senatorial surveys, but he ended up fifth in the actual senatorial race.
He added that instead of focusing on survey results, people should look at the issues being raised by presidential candidates.
He said voters should not immediately believe candidates’ promises. They should also not rely on political ads as the basis for choosing who they should vote for in the elections.
“It’s not the survey, but what this [candidate] can do. We should ask somebody like Erap (former president Joseph Estrada), how are you going to lift me from poverty?” Gordon said.
What’s wrong with Villar and Aquino
He also said people should look at the positive and negative qualities of candidates, citing as examples, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar and Liberal Party’s Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“Ang isa [Villar], ayaw magpaliwanag sa Senado. Ang isa naman [Aquino], nakasandal sa nanay at tatay (There is one candidate who avoids explaining at the Senate. The other one is dependent on his mother and father),” Gordon said.
Villar has been accused by fellow senators of using his position so that his companies will benefit from the C-5 road project. Aquino, on the other hand, is banking on the good reputation of his late parents, Corazon Aquino and Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
Both candidates have been topping presidential surveys.
Gordon, meanwhile, said that he will not back out of the presidential race despite his poor showings in presidential surveys.