Lorenzo Tanada III

LP believes support for Noynoy to remain solid

LP believes support for Noynoy to remain solid
By Aurea Calica and Sheila Crisostomo
The Philippine Star

ANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) is confident that support for its standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will remain solid until election day, despite black propaganda being employed against him in the last campaign stretch.

LP spokesperson Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the latest Social Weather Stations survey conducted by San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, an ally of Aquino’s rival, Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. would show that voter support for Aquino had solidified at 37 percent while Villar’s ratings kept fluctuating but would not catch up with Aquino’s.

“They don’t have really much to be happy about,” Pangilinan said.

“It confirms the widening lead of Noynoy Aquino over Villar in earlier polls released last month by the SWS and Pulse Asia and establishes that Noynoy has a very strong base of voter support at 37 percent,” he pointed out.

He said the widening lead of Aquino over Villar in the Zamora-funded poll appeared to have stepped up the black propaganda operations of the Nacionalista Party after the Holy Week break.

“Our opponents should realize that no amount of dirty tricks can stop the people’s desire for honesty in government and genuine change, as seen in the outpouring of support for the team of Aquino (and his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II) and the LP senatorial slate,” Pangilinan said.

He noted that despite the below-the-belt and non-stop black propaganda against Aquino, those who had made up their minds to vote for him would unlikely change their choices.

Aquino’s spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda said the NP’s claim that Villar cut Aquino’s lead from 12 points as seen in the Pulse Asia survey to eight points in the SWS polls was a twisted interpretation of survey figures.

“Pulse Asia and the SWS are two different organizations. You do not compare survey results from different organizations – different samples, different methods,” Lacierda said.

He added that “Villar had spent billions to mislead the public of his origin, character and intentions and his propagandists had spread lies over every medium possible, yet to no avail.

“The efforts and integrity of Noynoy Aquino’s allies, supporters, and volunteers have nullified Villar’s gargantuan campaign machine. The Filipino people are hungry for change.”

LP spokesman and Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III said Villar only gained one point based on the survey commissioned by Villar’s ally.

“Obviously the NP is desperately trying to look for ways to cover up the fact that the lead of Senator Aquino seems to be stable,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) belied LP’s accusation that it had been biased against the party.

In a press briefing, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said LP was “drawing unnecessary conclusion to the en banc.”