Gordon won’t play ratings game even if he’s No. 1

Gordon won’t play ratings game even if he’s No. 1
By Charlene Cayabyab, Inquirer Central Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—Bagumbayan standard-bearer Richard Gordon is not quite done with his beef against preelection surveys.

Even if he tops such a survey, said Gordon who scored 2 percent in the latest Pulse Asia exercise, he would not publish its results.

“I don’t want to use [surveys as tools for] propaganda,” the senator told the Inquirer by telephone on Thursday.

He said keeping survey results from the public eye would stop his fellow contenders for the presidency from placing more political ads to advance their candidacies, especially if they were as wealthy as the front-runners.

Gordon, a lawyer, said a survey was “okay” in itself but that political surveys should be banned, “like in Italy and France,” as these “serve no public benefit.”

“If it’s a political survey, they should say who paid for it. [Survey firms are] violating the law because they do not publish their methodology,” he said.

Earlier, Gordon sued Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, another survey firm, for purportedly using “flawed and inaccurate methods.”

He asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to hold these firms liable for their “misleading surveys.”

“I don’t care about surveys. The court should compel these firms to disclose who paid for the surveys,” he said in a local radio interview, noting that a political survey costs P3 million.

5 who failed

Gordon, a native of Olongapo City, said all five Philippine presidents from Central Luzon had failed to uplift the lives of people in the region.

“[The] last 65 years of our country have shown that we have not [experienced] an effective leader. Can you imagine, in Central Luzon we had [Manuel] Quezon, [Ramon] Magsaysay, Diosdado Macapagal, Cory Aquino. And now, we have Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. We had five presidents from Central Luzon; how come Central Luzon is lagging behind Southern Luzon?” he said.

Gordon said that despite the existence of an airport in Clark (Pampanga) and a seaport in Subic (Zambales), “there is no focus on development and there is no focus on improving the country.”

He said he would be an “effective leader” should he be elected president.

‘Do-nothing guy’

But should Aquino win, the country would be “in trouble,” Gordon said during a campaign sortie in San Fernando on Wednesday night.

“He’s a do-nothing guy,” Gordon said of the Liberal Party’s standard-bearer and consistent first-placer in the surveys, citing the latter’s record as a senator and representative of Tarlac.

Gordon also trained his guns on Villar, saying the Nacionalista Party’s presidential candidate had done nothing to stop poverty.

He said the records of Aquino and Villar would pale in comparison to his own record, which includes stints as Olongapo mayor, chair of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and chair of the Philippine National Red Cross.

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