Teodoro unfazed by low Pulse Asia ratings

November 18, 2009 1:53 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Nov. 17 — Prospective presidential candidate Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party remained unfazed over the recent Pulse Asia ratings showing him lagging behind his cousin — front runner Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III — as the most favored presidential candidate to win in the May 2010 elections.

Teodoro, in an interview with media on Tuesday, said he is confident that his poll rating will improve in the coming days.

"Hindi ako apektado na mababa ako sa survey. Nag-uumpisa pa lang tayo at palagay ko, inaasahan natin na magi-improve yan (I'm not affected by the low survey result. It's just starting and I'm confident this will improve)," he said.

Teodoro said he is not discouraged by the low survey results, citing his stint as Defense Secretary where he was able to deal with various disasters that hit the country including Tropical Storm "Ondoy" and Typhoon "Pepeng."

"Ako, madi-discourage? Hindi (I won’t get discouraged with the survey result)," he said.

In the latest Pulse Asia survey for the most preferred presidential bet, Aquino topped the list with 44 percent, followed by Senator Manuel Villar Jr. (19 percent), Senator Francis Escudero (13 percent), and former president Joseph Estrada (11 percent).

Those who ranked below 10 percent were: Vice President Noli de Castro (4 percent), Teodoro (2 percent), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando and religious leader Eddie Villanueva who both got one percent.

The survey was conducted October 22-30 among 1,800 adults and had a margin of error of two.

Teodoro said survey result is just one way for people to choose whom to vote in the election. But this does not guarantee that this is the opinion of the entire Filipino.

"Ang survey ay batayan ng tao sa pagpili ng kandidato ngunit hindi ito 100 percent na opinyon ng ating mga kababayan (The survey is just a way people can choose who to vote, but this does not guarantee 100 percent that this is the opinion of the entire nation)," he said.

Meanwhile, former Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., vice president for membership and recruitment of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, said that what Teodoro needs is just exposure to improve his rating in the survey.

"I think ang kulang lang kay Gibo ay exposure. The best strategy is actually to bring him around the country," he said.

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD is set to hold a national convention on Thursday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), wherein it is expected to formally announce the party's presidential and vice presidential bets in next year's polls. (PNA)

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