Ignore surveys, Gordon urges media

Ignore surveys, Gordon urges media
By Edson C. Tandoc Jr., DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Four days after suing survey firms for damages, presidential candidate Richard Gordon Monday said the media should just disregard election survey results.

Sought for comment on a new survey showing rival Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III leading the race by a wide margin, consistent fifth-placer Gordon said: “The media should ignore these survey results.”

Last week, Gordon sued survey groups Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia for their “misleading surveys” and asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for a temporary restraining order.

Gordon said the publication of survey results had jeopardized his presidential campaign.

“People are telling me: ‘We want to vote for you, but the surveys say you’re not gonna win,” he said.

Gordon said the publication of surveys was not part of “public service” as election surveys were “not valid and have no basis.”

He said he wished the media would be smarter than that (publishing survey results).

Good chance

Gordon barnstormed Cavite Monday. In earlier speeches, he said that if people believed survey results, then elections should no longer be held and the country should just believe the survey results to save money.

Another presidential candidate, who is doing poorly in survey, also has long stopped looking at the numbers. Nicanor Perlas said he’d rather look at faces.

Perlas believes he stands a good chance of winning the race despite trailing in most preferential surveys.

“My feeling is still the same. I have an 80 percent chance” of winning, Perlas told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone Monday, as he toured Naga City to woo voters.

The candidate placed last in the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations survey, conducted from April 16 to 19, which gave him 0.2 percent of the vote, along with Ang Kapatiran Party’s John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes.

But Perlas remains suspicious of such surveys, saying he would rather rely on what he could see on the ground. “I don’t believe these numbers. What’s more important are the people I meet in our sorties,” he said.

He cited the “overwhelming” response of crowds in the provinces he had visited, including even the home turf of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Lubao, Pampanga, three days ago.

Asked what he thought he needed to win, Perlas said, “I just have to keep on doing what I’ve been doing—to meet as many voters as I can and try to win them over.”

Perlas will go around Metro Manila in the next two days, and, for the last stage of the campaign, is planning what he called a “Lakbay-Maharlika march” from Quezon province to Metro Manila starting May 2.

Karen Ang

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