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Erap unfazed by surveys By Aytch S. de la Cruz 02/03/2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Erap unfazed by surveys

By Aytch S. de la Cruz


Former President Joseph Estrada, who is again seeking the presidency, with his run cleared by the Commission on Elections, following the body’s dismisal of all three disqualification cases against him, remained unfazed by the findings of various surveys which appeared to marginalize him as a strong bet.

He said the recent surveys were biased as they failed to take the voice of masses.

In a Dasmariñas, Cavite sortie yesterday, Estrada remained unfazed over the results of the latest SWS survey placing him in third place behind Sen. Noynoy Aquino and Sen. Manuel Villar, saying you have to balance survey results with the people’s reaction on the ground.

“If we were really hitting low numbers, how can you explain the crowds of over 20,000 people who come out to greet us? Just last week when we visited Koronadal in South Cotabato there were 27,000 in the track and field oval. You can ask the people there if you want confirmation,” Estrada pointed out. Speaking to reporters during his visit here and in the towns of Silang and Bacoor, Estrada said you cannot underestimate the value of going directly to the people, as he did in 1998. “My strategy has always been to go directly to the people. Now we are going around a minimum of six to seven towns a day.”.... MORE

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What Earth says HE SAYS Aldrin Cardon 02/03/2010

What Earth says

Aldrin Cardon


I’m not sure if it was really all right for Sir Paul McCartney, a quarter of the Beatles whose music rocked the world even before man set foot on the moon, when he sent his love to aliens when he congratulated the Nasa for sending out their song “Across the Universe,” in an effort to make contact with extraterrestrial beings in the region of Polaris, or the North Star.

The song was beamed in 2008, but it won’t be until the year 2439 when the Nasa message would reach its intended recipients, if there are any, or the effort and all the money spent for the endeavor would only prove futile.

While this rubbernecker would like to stir a controversy by questioning the Nasa’s choice of a song (and why not the Carpenters’ “Calling occupants of interplanetary craft?), he is fascinated with man’s continued fascination with alien life form when man, himself, has veered away from such interest, as he had once shown enthusiasm with Apollo 11 sent three astronauts, from one of whom his name was taken from, to the moon.... MORE

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Lacson confirms flight due to double murder raps By Angie M. Rosales 02/03/2010

Lacson confirms flight due to double murder raps

By Angie M. Rosales


Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who has been the subject of public speculation that he has flown the coop in fear of his being arrested by the government as an accused in a double murder charge, and owing to his absence in the Senate for about a month, yesterday confirmed, through a statement to the media that he has indeed left the country due to a probable arrest warrant that could be issued against him by the judge hearing the murder case.

Lacson, a prominent critic of Arroyo, admitted that he had fled the Philippines to escape an “evil conspiracy” as prosecutors prepared to charge him with murder.

Lacson yesterday admitted that he had already left the country, citing security and safety concerns, allegedly coming from the ranks of the administration out to nail him down as a political vendetta..... MORE

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Propaganda EDITORIAL 02/03/2010


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What’s to believe in these pre-poll presidential surveys, especially when the results are inexplicable?

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, with a respondent base of some 2,100 conducted between Jan. 21 and 24, showed Sen. Noynoy Aquino, while shedding two percentage points at 42 percent from his earlier 44 percent rating, still topped the race. Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar was given a rating of 35 percent, showing a sizable increase in his numbers vis-à-vis Aquino’s.
That was supposed to have been a nationwide survey..... MORE

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