Gordon, Roxas, Santiago top UP mock polls

Gordon, Roxas, Santiago top UP mock polls
By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Richard Gordon would be president if students of the University of the Philippines system had their way, a mock online poll conducted among the UP system’s 11 units has shown.

In a press conference Thursday, BotongIsko2010, an alliance of student groups, said Gordon won with 1,236 votes from 3,958 students who participated in the poll.

He was followed by administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro who got 923 votes and Manuel Villar who got 698. Benigno Aquino III came in fourth with 591 votes.

For vice president, Mar Roxas won with 1,383 votes. Gordon’s running mate Bayani Fernando came in second with 943 votes, Loren Legarda was third with 579 votes and Jejomar Binay came in fourth with 563 votes.

JP Bernardo, head of the BotongIsko2010 technical committee, said the 3,958 voters were from the UP system’s units in Diliman, Manila, Los Baños, Baguio, Mindanao, Cebu, Tacloban, Iloilo, Miagao, San Fernando and the Open University. The entire student population is 48,860.

“We used an open source voting system in which the students were asked to log onto a website using their student number and last name,” he explained.

BotongIsko2010 conceded that not much publicity was given to the online poll, hence participation was low. Coupled with that was the fact that it coincided with finals week on March 18-23.

In the senatorial poll, Miriam Defensor-Santiago won with 2,302 votes. The other senatorial candidates who rounded out the top 12 were Pia Cayetano, Satur Ocampo, Franklin Drilon, Liza Maza, Gilbert Remulla, Risa Hontiveros, Ralph Recto, Adel Tamano, Juan Ponce Enrile, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sergio Osmeña III.

Kabataan won the party-list race with 1,322 votes, followed by Bayan Muna which got 241.

Earlier, the Alpha Sigma Fraternity at UP conducted the last of a three-part poll, this one showing Villar as the choice for president of 2,866 students of a total 8,468 that participated from 25 colleges.

In second place was Aquino with 1,787 votes, followed by Gordon with 1,317.

Teodoro, who topped the second part of the mock poll, came in fourth this time with 646 votes.

Karen Ang

A plebeian who is trying to make small changes in this world.