Dominador Chipeco Jr

Erap tied with Villar in latest Pulse Asia poll

Erap tied with Villar in latest Pulse Asia poll
By Helen Flores
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – With elections less than two weeks away, the tandem of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada and running mate Jejomar Binay surged to the number two spot.

Results of Pulse Asia’s latest pre-election survey showed that Estrada and Nacionalista Party (NP) bet Sen. Manuel Villar are now tied at second place with 20 percent each.

Binay, showing strong improvement, also overtook NP bet Sen. Loren Legarda for second place (28 percent versus 20 percent).

Pulse Asia said Binay gained nine percentage points in electoral support while Legarda’s score dropped from 23 percent in March to 20 percent in a survey conducted from April 23 to 25.

Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III is still dominating the race with 39 percent or four in 10 Filipino voters showing preference for him. Aquino is leading by 19 points over Villar and Estrada.

Aquino was apparently buoyed by the results and attributed the increase in his numbers to the LP’s intensive campaign in different parts of the country.

“I’ve told you that once we move around (for the campaign sorties, my rating will increase),” he said.

Estrada, for his part, said the Pulse Asia survey is good news.

“This reflects that people are now seeing beyond the campaign propaganda of other camps and discerning who is truly opposition and who is truly pro-poor,” said Estrada’s spokeswoman Margaux Salcedo.

Administration bet Gilberto Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD came in a distant third with seven percent; followed by Bangon Pilipinas candidate Bro. Eddie Villanueva with three percent.

Villanueva, meanwhile, said he is not bothered by his rating and maintains that the public should expect an upset in the election turnout, confident that the entire ticket of the BPP will win.

Bagumbayan standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon ranks fifth with two percent; followed by disqualified presidential candidate Vetellano Acosta of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan with one percent.

The other presidential candidates received less than one percent of the respondents’ votes: independent candidate Nicanor Perlas (0.3 percent), Ang Kapatiran Party’s John Carlos de los Reyes (0.2 percent); and Sen. Jamby Madrigal (0.1 percent).

Nine percent of respondents were undecided about their presidential preference.

According to Pulse Asia, the other vice-presidential candidates register voter preferences of at most three percent. They were former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando of the Bagumbayan Party (three percent); Lakas-Kampi candidate actor Edu Manzano (three percent); Bangon Pilipinas’ Perfecto Yasay (one percent); KBL’s Jay Sonza (0.3 percent); and AKP bet Dominador Chipeco (0.05 percent).

In a reaction, Roxas said he is very grateful to the Filipinos for their continuing support.

“We pledge to pursue our commitment to reform our government so that our people can enjoy the fruits of good governance as this will result in true progress and development for all the peoples of this country,” he said.

Pulse Asia said among the major developments immediately prior to and during the conduct of interviews were defections from the Lakas-Kampi mostly to the NP and LP, and Sen. Francis Escudero’s endorsement of Aquino for president and Binay for vice-president.

The non-commissioned survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,800 representative adults. – With Evelyn Macairan, Marvin Sy, Aurea Calica, Cecille Suerte Felipe

Chipeco backs automated polls

Chipeco backs automated polls
By Perseus Echeminada
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Ang Kapatiran Party vice presidential candidate Dominador Chipeco Jr. said he believes in the full automation of the May 10 elections and any attempt to conduct a parallel manual count is a foolish and unrealistic idea.

“I believe in the automated polls and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is doing a historic job,” Chipeco said during an interview with The STAR editors and reporters yesterday.

He said he has not seen any alarming scenarios to merit a failure of election, contrary to what some sectors are trying to portray.

“We are just kidding ourselves if we continue pushing for such a parallel count. If there will be a manual count, then the process must be reverted back to the manual voting and wait for the proper time in the next 20 years for the automation,” he said.

Chipeco said the people must have full trust in the automated system and forget about the obsolete manual count.

“But the problem is the bad public relations of the Comelec. Negative news are now dominating and doomsayers are pushing panic bells,” he said, adding that the failure of the Comelec to fully educate the public on the automated election has triggered wild speculations.

“The Comelec has not been doing its job on information drive. The problem is they have very poor PR,” he said.

To count or not to count

But calls for a parallel manual count have been gathering steam.

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and several groups of public school teachers have joined the growing clamor for a parallel manual count of the May 2010 election results.

In a statement released yesterday, ECOP said the parallel manual count would assuage fears of election failure and enhance the integrity of the automated machines as well as elevate the comfort level of the electorate.

“We believe in the integrity of the automated elections and the sincerity of the Comelec officials to ensure clean and honest elections, but in any computerized system, redundancy of backups is important to protect the election’s reliability,” ECOP explained.

The group then called on the Comelec and concerned sectors to get together and initiate the necessary measures for the implementation of a manual counting system.

Public school teachers, on the other hand, raised the concern that teachers serving as board of election inspectors (BEIs) would be burdened if they were still tasked with the manual count.

Benjamin Basas, national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), said that expecting teacher-BEIs to do the automated scanning and tallying of the election returns and afterwards have them do a manual reading and tallying of the ballots was not “realistic.”

Basas said the Comelec should hire additional teachers to do the parallel manual count to make the process more “doable.”

“Parallel manual counting is alright as long as it would not mean additional burden to BEIs. Another set of poll workers should be assigned,” he said.

Basas said that the Comelec could have another BEI do the parallel manual count per precinct.

“In our analysis, they should hire at the most five more teachers for each clustered precinct,” he said, adding that there were about 80,000 election precincts, which would make the hiring of additional teachers very costly for the Comelec.

However, the poll body is still studying the proposal to conduct a parallel manual count and is expected to come out with a decision on the matter soon.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body is consulting with its officials in the field to determine whether a parallel manual count is still possible to implement. – Mayen Jaymalin, Elisa Osorio, Rainier Allan Ronda

The Vote 2010: Dominador 'Jun' Fuentecilla Chipeco Jr.

The Vote 2010: Dominador ‘Jun’ Fuentecilla Chipeco Jr.
The Philippine Star

Ang Kapatiran Party

Campaign Slogan: Para sa Diyos at Pagbabago

Born Feb. 14, 1943 in Pagsanjan, Laguna

Married to Editha Sayoc

Children: Tisha, 38; Maan, 29; Dominador Christopher, 25

Elementary: Jose Rizal Memorial School

High school: St. Francis de Sales San Jose Seminary

College: Liberal Arts, English, San Beda College; Bachelor of Laws, SBC

Father: Dominador Chipeco Sr., former governor of Laguna

Mother: Angelita Fuentecilla

State of Wealth: I belong to the middle class.

State of Health: Perfect

BP: 120/90

Smoker: Used to, but I quit 20 years ago.

Did you have any surgeries? Yes, when I was a teenager for hernia.

Medication/Vitamins: Norvasc, Vit. C, D, E, Calcium

Have you ever consulted a psychiatrist? : No

How do you see the role of the vice-president?

From a legal standpoint, the VP is supposed to perform the functions of the president if something happens to him.

In street parlance, a VP is like a spare tire. But now it has evolved, the VP’s qualifications are similar to the president and his power to influence is almost close to the president’s.

I intend to use the VP’s office to be a catalyst in bringing about needed reforms in the country and persuade the legislative department to enact those laws.

Will you be a high profile VP or will you stay in the shadows?

I intend to be a high-profile VP. Of course, that is assuming that our standard-bearer JC De Los Reyes will be the president.

Will you ask for a Cabinet post?

Yes. As a former human resources manager, I’d like to get the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) portfolio because labor is the most abused sector in the society. I will support and espouse the regularization of all employees.

Will you be a traveling VP? Which country or countries will be your priority destinations?

I see no need for a vice president to be traveling a lot. I think that there will only be a few occasions when the vice president will need to travel abroad.

If you were the VP in January 2001, would you have taken over from President Estrada?

Under those circumstances, it wasn’t a case of me choosing to take over. The circumstances forced themselves on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to become the president. It wasn’t a matter of choice.

If you were the VP in 2005 and the Hyatt 10 had asked you to take over from President Arroyo, would you have agreed?

I would have turned it down because we live under a democratic process. I’ve never believed in a presidency being pushed by the military. That’s a very dangerous precedent.

If you and the elected president come from different parties, what will your role be?

I’ll try to strike a working relationship with the president without, of course, compromising the principles that Ang Kapatiran stands for. To the extent that that can be achieved, I will try to do that. But in cases of contrary views and principles that are important to Ang Kapatiran, I would rather stay in the shadows.

Noynoy, Mar ratings surge in latest poll

Noynoy, Mar ratings surge in latest poll
By Aurea Calica
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The trust ratings of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II have surged in the homestretch of the campaign for the May 10 polls, according to a recent survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia Inc.

Results of the survey conducted from March 21 to 28 among 3,000 respondents showed Aquino leading the pack of presidential candidates in terms of trust rating by voters, with 69 percent saying they have “big trust” in the LP presidential bet.

Aquino’s rating was up five points from 64 percent in the February survey.

Only nine percent said they have “small/no trust” in Aquino, a significant drop of five points from 14 percent last February.

Meanwhile, 74 percent said they had “big trust” in Roxas, or a four-point increase from 70 percent.

This makes Roxas still the most trusted public official and candidate in the upcoming elections, Pulse Asia said.

The Aquino-Roxas tandem has consistently led surveys on voter preference for the May 10 polls as early as September last year. In comparison, their rivals in the May 10 national elections had lower trust rating from Filipino voters.

Only 61 percent of voters have “big trust” in Nacionalista Party presidential bet Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., a clear indication that his camp failed to besmirch the positive campaign of Aquino, according to LP director general Chito Gascon.

Former President Joseph Estrada placed third with 48 percent, followed by former Defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. with 36 percent, Sen. Richard Gordon with 29 percent, evangelist Eddie Villanueva with 22 percent and Sen. Jamby Madrigal with 21 percent. Environmentalist Nicanor Perlas and Olongapo Councilor JC de los Reyes each got nine percent.

Among Roxas’ rivals in the vice-presidential race, Sen. Loren Legarda registered a trust rating of only 59 percent. Those who said they had “small/no trust” for Legarda was 12 percent.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay got 58 percent trust rating, while former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando had 24 percent; television host/actor Edu Manzano, 23 percent; broadcaster Jay Sonza, 13 percent; and former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Perfecto Yasay, 11 percent. Dominador Chipeco Jr. got nine percent.

Aquino said he is thankful for the people’s trust in him and that the latest survey shows that the public can distinguish between black propaganda being thrown at him from the real issues.

Ang Kapatiran accepts ABS-CBN's apology

Ang Kapatiran accepts ABS-CBN’s apology
By Perseus Echeminada
Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) has accepted the letter of apology from television network ABS-CBN for not including its vice presidential bet in the March 21 episode of “Harapan: Vice Presidential Debate” held at La Consolacion College in Manila.

In a letter to AKP president Eric Manalang, Maria Ressa, head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, said it was not their intention to overlook the AKP and they are planning to invite them to other episodes of Harapan as well as other venues for the party’s message to reach the people.

“We assure AKP of our commitment to provide political parties fair time and space during the election period,” Ressa said in her letter, according to the AKP media bureau.

AKP vice presidential bet Dominador Chipeco Jr. said he has accepted the apology of the television network, and stressed that “excellence and fairness are great virtues and forgiveness is no less.”

AKP presidential candidate JC de los Reyes, for his part, said that fairness is among the most essential virtues in society that their party is advocating.

“We fought to uphold it, ABS-CBN rectified their mistake, let’s all move forward to give everybody their due, especially the Filipino people,” he said.

With the letter of apology, the AKP is also set to withdraw its complaint against ABS-CBN before the Commission on Elections for alleged selective coverage, which they claimed is a violation of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Election Act.

ABS-CBN corporate communications chief Bong Osorio earlier assured the AKP that they will continue the Harapan debate and will include the party in its future episodes.

“Just because they were not included in the earlier episode doesn’t mean they won’t be included in future episodes,” Osorio said

Kapatiran files complaint vs ABS-CBN

Kapatiran files complaint vs ABS-CBN
By Sheila Crisostomo
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) yesterday sought to penalize the ABS-CBN broadcasting network for alleged discrimination in their coverage of candidates.

AKP president Eric Manalang filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) accusing ABS-CBN of violating the Fair Elections Act in discriminating against party vice presidential candidate Dominador Chipeco Jr.

Manalang filed the complaint before Comelec Law Department director Ferdinand Rafanan, pointing out that ABS-CBN deliberately excluded Chipeco from a vice presidential debate they had organized.

“We had noticed that ABS-CBN, during the course of its coverage of our party’s campaign activities for public information, is being selective and at times outright discriminating against the Ang Kapatiran and its candidates,” Manalang said.

Manalang said the AKP was forced to file the complaint following the incident which, he said, resulted in many of their members, candidates and supporters being “disturbed” by the events.

“We take legal action against this continuing unfairness. Some had even lost interest to continue supporting us,” Manalang said.

Manalang submitted a letter addressed to Maria Ressa, managing director of ABS-CBN News Channel, requesting her action on the exclusion of Chipeco in the forum last March 21.

“Our demand for rectification, public correction and a formal reply was ignored. Again we felt discriminated against,” he said.

ABS-CBN corporate communications chief Bong Osorio, on the other hand, said they cannot issue a statement since they have yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

“We have not received a copy of the complaint so we cannot issue any reaction. Rest assured that ABS-CBN will continue the ‘Harapan’ series of debates. Just because they were not included doesn’t mean they won’t be included in the future,” Osorio said.

Earlier, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) vice presidential candidate Jay Sonza filed a complaint before the Comelec accusing ABS-CBN of violating the Fair Elections Act (Republic Act 9006) by excluding him from the same debate.

Sonza said he decided to file the complaint because of the refusal of the organizers to include him in the Harapan debate.

He said his exclusion from the debate constitutes a clear violation of the Fair Elections Act. – With Perseus Echeminada

Noynoy, Mar top latest Pulse Asia survey

Noynoy, Mar top latest Pulse Asia survey
By Helen Flores
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – More than a month before the May 10 elections, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III continued to dominate the presidential race, leading by 12 percentage points over his closest rival, Nacionalista Party (NP) bet Sen. Manny Villar, according to the latest survey by Pulse Asia.

Aquino’s vice presidential candidate, Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, also remained the top choice of a majority of Filipino voters, the same pre-election survey showed.

Aquino and Roxas said the result of Pulse Asia’s March 2010 Ulat ng Bayan survey is proof of the unwavering clamor for change by Filipinos.

Aquino obtained 37 percent voter preference compared to Villar’s 25 percent, while Roxas got 43 percent voter preference as opposed to the 23 percent and 19 percent obtained by NP vice presidential bet Sen. Loren Legarda and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino candidate Jejomar Binay, respectively.

Aquino’s rating went up by one point from 36 percent in Pulse Asia’s February 2010 survey. Villar’s score, on the other hand, dropped by four points from 29 percent in the previous survey, Pulse Asia said.

Former President Joseph Estrada of the PMP stayed in third place with 18 percent, followed by Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidate Gilberto Teodoro with seven percent.

Bagumbayan standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon and Bangon Pilipinas candidate Bro. Eddie Villanueva obtained two percent each.

The other presidential contenders received less than one percent of the respondents’ votes. They were environmentalist Nicanor Perlas, 0.3 percent; Ang Kapatiran bet John Carlos de los Reyes, 0.2 percent; Sen. Jamby Madrigal, 0.1 percent; and disqualified candidate Vetellano Acosta of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, 0.08 percent.

Nine percent of the survey respondents refused or remained undecided as to their presidential preference.

Statistically tied

In the vice presidential race, Legarda and Binay are now “statistically tied” at second place, Pulse Asia said.

Legarda obtained 23 percent, down by four points from 27 percent last February.

Binay, on the other hand, received 19 percent.

Applying the margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points, Legarda’s rating may be the same as Binay’s, said Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes.

The other contenders received support of three percent or less. They were Bagumbayan candidate Bayani Fernando, three percent; Lakas-Kampi bet Edu Manzano, two percent; and Bangon Pilipinas candidate Perfecto Yasay, one percent.

KBL candidate broadcaster Jay Sonza received 0.5 percent while Dominador Chipeco Jr. of the Ang Kapatiran got 0.1 percent.

Nine percent of voters refused or did not indicate a preference for vice president.

Mostly on top

The Pulse Asia survey used face-to-face interviews of 3,000 adult respondents, higher than the 1,800 respondents used in the previous pre-election surveys done by the survey firm.

Pulse Asia said Aquino topped in almost all areas and socio-economic classes, ranging from a low of seven percent in the balance of Luzon (Aquino, 33 percent; Villar 26 percent) to a high of 32 percent for the upper socio-economic class ABC (Aquino, 49 percent; Villar, 17 percent).

In Mindanao and the lowest socio-economic class E, Aquino’s preferences (37 percent and 34 percent) are statistically close to the preferences of Estrada (in Mindanao at 29 percent) and Villar (for Class E at 28 percent).

Compared to the February pre-election survey, Pulse Asia said the voter preferences for all the candidates are unchanged given the survey margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

The non-commissioned survey, conducted from March 21 to 28, has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Significantly higher

Pulse Asia said Roxas’ vote preferences are significantly higher than Legarda in the balance of Luzon (39 percent versus 25 percent); Visayas (51 percent versus 21 percent); Mindanao (45 percent versus 24 percent); Class ABC (54 percent versus 12 percent); and, Class D (43 percent versus 21 percent).

Registering a 40 percent voter preference, Roxas marginally leads Binay in the NCR as well as Legarda among the poorest socio-economic class E.

Roxas’ voter preference is unchanged from the February 2010 survey, while that of Legarda slightly declined, from 27 percent in February 2010 to 23 percent at present.

Binay’s support slightly increased from 15 percent in February 2010 to 19 percent in the latest survey.

Ecstatic

Aquino again expressed his gratitude to their allies, volunteers and supporters, who he said are the reason why they remain on top of the game despite heavy spending by their rivals.

He earlier “thanked” the spin masters of Villar for further boosting his campaign by attacking him with illogical and ridiculous accusations.

Aquino said the charges, which range from his interest in a security agency to his having ties with the Arroyo administration, showed how his closest rival’s propagandists are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Aquino laughed off claims that he profited from running a private security agency that operated during the administration of his late mother, President Corazon Aquino.

The LP bet said he was merely an employee of the firm, and even divested his shares in 1989 even if he was not a public official and therefore not required to do so, since he did not want the late president to be the subject of intrigues.

As for the presence of several relatives in the Arroyo administration, Aquino said they were already with the administration long before he declared his intention to run for the presidency.

He said that former Sen. Tessie Aquino-Oreta ran in the administration’s Team Unity ticket in 2007 while his uncle, former congressman Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, ran against Arroyo’s brother, Arthur, for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

The LP said the continued erosion of support for Villar had virtually negated the billions he spent in radio and television advertisements since the last quarter of 2009 which boosted his ratings.

Villar’s current ratings are almost back to where he was in the December survey of Pulse Asia where he scored 23 percent as against Aquino’s 45 percent, the LP said.

Edwin Lacierda, spokesman of Aquino’s presidential campaign, said this was proof that the people were fed up with Villar’s propaganda of lies and transactional politics and that “Aquino is the only candidate capable of uniting the country under clean and honest governance.”

“The bandwagon of support has begun because the volunteers have dared to come out in numbers. Our message —there will be no poor if there are no corrupt —has been resonating. It is the only way to wake our country up from its coma,” Lacierda said.

“The people have realized that the Villarroyo tandem is no fabrication. Villar is the administration’s secret candidate,” Lacierda added. “The connections are becoming clearer everyday.”

Loser, gainer

Roxas’ camp said the drop in Legarda’s survey ratings came following her poor performance during ABS-CBN’s March 21 “Harapan: The Vice Presidential Debate,” where live audience, television viewers and online users said she was the least believable among the vice presidential candidates in the May 10 elections.

In the same debate, viewers rated Roxas as the most believable candidate.

Binay, meantime, said he is the biggest gainer among all the vice presidential candidates, with his voter support increasing from 15 percent in February to 19 percent in March.

He said it reinforces the results of the SWS-BusinessWorld survey conducted last March 19-22 that showed his ratings going up to 21 percent from 17 percent in February.

“People are realizing that only good and effective governance and not political promises can solve the worsening poverty in our country,” Binay said. – With Aurea Calica, Jose Rodel Clapano

Roxas rules veep race; Binay surges—SWS

Roxas rules veep race; Binay surges—SWS
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II lost 3 percentage points in voter preference since February, but still dominated the vice presidential race, according to the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Conducted from March 19 to 22, the survey showed that Roxas, running mate of Benigno Aquino III, led with 42 percent.

Sen. Loren Legarda, whose rating also dropped 3 points, remained a distant second with 25 percent. Legarda is the running mate of Manuel Villar.

In third place was Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, who got 21 percent, up 4 points from 17 percent in February.

Scores for the remaining vice presidential candidates did not move substantially.

Bayani Fernando remained at 3 percent, tying with Edu Manzano, who gained a point since February.

Perfecto Yasay got 1 percent, up from 0.4 percent. Dominador Chipeco remained at 0.4 percent, and Jay Sonza fell to 0.3 percent from 1 percent.

Five percent of the respondents voted for others or were undecided, according to SWS.

The survey covered 2,100 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.2 percentage points. Inquirer Research

Noynoy, STAR top print coverage

Noynoy, STAR top print coverage
By Dino Balabo
The Philippine Star

MALOLOS CITY, Philippines – Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III is the most covered presidential candidate in the top three newspapers during the first three weeks of the presidential campaign, according to a media watchdog.

The STAR has provided the most extensive coverage of the election campaign as monitored by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), which has been monitoring election reportage since 1992.

The CMFR said coverage of the three major daily newspapers has focused on the presidential campaign and neglected the campaign of candidates for senator and party-list representatives.

Based on the CMFR report, almost half of the front-page articles in the three newspapers were about the presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, party-list campaign and general issues about upcoming elections (200 out of a total of 478 articles/items or 41.84 percent) from Feb. 10 to 27.

The report said Aquino has been the subject of 76 published stories with more than one subject.

Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. was covered in 69 stories; pro-administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr., 38; former President Joseph Estrada, 33; Sen. Dick Gordon, 19; Bro. Eddie Villanueva, 18; Sen. Jamby Madrigal, 17; JC delos Reyes, 11; Nicanor Perlas, 10; and Vetellano Acosta was covered in four stories.

Aquino also led the pack with 34 stories published with him as the source of information; Villar got 27; Teodoro, 15; Estrada, 10; Gordon and Villanueva, nine each; Madrigal and Perlas, eight each; Delos Reyes, six; and Acosta, two articles.

The CMFR report Aquino is also the most photographed presidential candidate with 17 photographs published in The STAR, Manila  Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

He is followed by his cousin, Teodoro with 12, followed by Gordon and Villar, eight apiece; Estrada, seven; Madrigal, six; Delos Reyes with five, Villanueva with 4 and Acosta with two photographs.

For the vice presidential candidates, Aquino’s running mate Manuel Roxas II was the most covered with 27 stories followed by NP vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda, 22; Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, 15;  Edu Manzano of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, 10;  Bayani Fernando of Bagumbayan Party, eight; Perfecto Yasay of Bangon Pilipinas, six; Jay Sonza of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, 4; and Dominador Chipeco of Ang Kapatiran party with three photographs.

In the senatorial race, the most covered were re-electionist Juan Ponce Enrile with 14 stories, followed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,11; re-electionist  Ramon Revilla Jr., 10; Neric Acosta, re-electionists Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Pia Cayetano, and former senator Franklin Drilon  with nine stories each.

Risa Hontiveros and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim got eight apiece; while Ralph Recto got seven and Joey de Venecia six photographs.

Among party-list candidates, the most covered were Ang Galing Pinoy with 19 stories; followed by Gabriela women’s party, five; 1-Utak, 4; Bayan Muna, 3; Buhay and Anakpawis with two stories each.

The CMFR showed that The STAR has so far provided the most extensive coverage among the top three newspapers, publishing a total of 314 stories on the presidential, vice presidential, senatorial and party-list candidates compared to Inquirer’s 265, and the Bulletin’s 111 stories published on the first three weeks of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Villar led the pack of moneyed candidates with the most number of advertisements and airtime exposure on the top three television networks in the first three weeks of the campaign, according to CMFR.

Based on the CMFR’s election coverage and political advertisement monitoring report for Feb. 9 to 27, vice presidential candidates lagged behind in TV coverage and advertising, while party-list candidates placed no advertisements on ABS-CBN Channel 2, NBN-Channel 4, and GMA 7.

Based on the CMFR’s monitoring report on the three TV networks, a total of 854 advertisements amounting to airtime of six hours 40 minutes and 45 seconds were aired over primetime blocks of the three networks monitored.

Included in the monitoring were political advertisements placed by candidates running for president, 336; vice-president, 120; senator, 356; party-list, 0; and about elections in general, 42.

For presidential candidates, Villar had a total of 114 advertisements aired over ABS-CBN 2 and GMA 7 during the monitoring period; followed by Estrada, 98; Aquino, 66; and Gordon, 58.

NBN-4 did not air political advertisement of the above presidential candidates during the monitoring period.

The CMFR’s report said Villar’s total advertising airtime amounted to 57 minutes; Estrada, 49 minutes; Aquino, 33 minutes; and Gordon with 29 minutes in the first three weeks of the campaign.

The CMFR reminded candidates that political advertisements have to adhere to Comelec rules limiting their frequency to 120 minutes per station throughout the remaining days of the campaign.

For the vice presidential candidates, Legarda accumulated a total of 41 advertisements aired over ABS-CBN 2 and GMA 7; followed by Roxas, 36; Binay with 23; and Fernando with 19.

Fernando is the only vice presidential candidate who had aired his campaign advertisement over state-owned NBN-4.

For senatorial candidates, Enrile led the pack with most number of advertisements aired on prime time with 77; followed by Marcos, 36; Drilon, 28; Binalonan, Pangasinan Mayor Ramon Guico, 21, of which one was aired over on GMA 7 and 20 on NBN-4; De Venecia and Recto each with 19; Teofisto Guingona III, 18; Cayetano, 17; Hontiveros, 16;  Santiago 15; Gilbert Remulla and Rodolfo Plaza both with 14.

Plaza’s advertisements were all aired over NBN-4.

Broadcaster Rey Langit had 12; Silvestre Bello III, 11 and Liza Maza had 10.

Estrada got most TV news coverage among candidates

Estrada got most TV news coverage among candidates
By Dino Balabo
The Philippine Star

MALOLOS CITY, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada had the most television news coverage among presidential candidates during the first week of the presidential campaign, a local media watchdog reported.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), in a report released last Monday, said Estrada got the most airtime in news coverage in NBN-4’s Teledyaryo, GMA 7’s 24 Oras, and ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol during the Feb. 9-27 monitoring period.

Estrada, of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), logged a total of 36.29 minutes airtime, followed by Nacionalista Party’s (NP) Sen. Manuel Villar with 34.51 minutes and administration bet Gilbert Teodoro with 34.36 minutes.

Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III had 29.34 minutes; Bagumbayan Party’s Sen. Richard Gordon had 17.33 minutes; JC de los Reyes of the Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) had 14.36 minutes.

Religious leader and Bangon Pilipinas Party standard-bearer Eddie Villanueva got 13.43 minutes; independent candidate Sen. Jamby Madrigal 12.11 minutes; disqualified Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) standard-bearer Vetellano Acosta 7.36 minutes, and environmentalist Nicanor Perlas, 6.16 minutes.

“As expected, election news coverage was focused on the presidential candidates, with all three news shows devoting most of their election airtime to the activities of the major contenders. GMA’s 24 Oras allotted 17 percent of its total airtime to the presidential race, while TV Patrol had 13 percent and Teledyaryo allotted six percent of its total airtime,” the CMFR said in its report.

Aside from the coverage of sorties, Estrada was also the subject of special news reports such as GMA’s 24 Oras story on Feb. 16 titled “Erap, tinanggap ang pagso-sorry ni Yasay,” and ABS- CBN’s TV Patrol’s Feb.23 episode “Erap, pinapaatras.”

Villar, on the other hand, was the most-covered presidential candidate of the news program 24 Oras, while Teodoro was almost exclusively covered by NBN-4’s Teledyaryo.

For the vice-presidential race, Sen. Loren Legarda of NP topped television coverage from the same stations with 7.14 minutes of airtime, followed by LP’s vice-presidential candidate Sen. Mar Roxas with 6.12 minutes and Lakas-Kampi-CMD’s Eduardo Manzano with 4.04 minutes.

Bagumbayan’s Bayani Fernando got 4.01 minutes; Bangon Pilipinas’s Perfecto Yasay 3.47 minutes; Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) Jejomar Binay 3.21 minutes, KBL’s Jay Sonza 1.31 minutes, and AKP’s Dominador Chipeco, 1.03 minutes.

The CMFR has been monitoring media coverage of Philippine elections since 1992.