Gibo tops Manila Bulletin, Facebook's online polls

December 27, 2009 11:59 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 27 –Lakas-Kampi CMD standard-bearer Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. has emerged as the “thinking crowd’s” favorite in an ongoing online poll by the Manila Bulletin, the country’s oldest running newspaper.

Teodoro has also become a solid front-runner in Facebook, according to the latest results of the Facebook application "Election 2010," which described itself as "a simulation for the Philippine 2010 Presidential Election."

As of noon Sunday, the latest data from the ongoing online poll in the Manila Bulletin website (http://www.mb.com.ph/home) showed the 1989 Bar topnotcher and Harvard-trained Teodoro kept a steady lead with 45 percent (25,814) of the 57,578 "votes" cast by those who took part in the poll.

The poll asked visitors to its site the question: "Which presidential candidate for the May 2010 elections is most capable of handling the duties as the Philippines' next leader?"

Teodoro was trailed by Sen. Noynoy Aquino with 39 percent (22,191 votes), Sen. Manny Villar with 10 percent (5,821 votes), Brod. Eddie Villanueva with three percent (1,869 votes) and former President Joseph Estrada, also with three percent (1,635 votes).

Former Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.garnerede insignificant votes of 248.

The Manila Bulletin’s online survey focused primarily on the perceived ability of the presidential candidates to run the country if successful in the May 2010 elections.

Sarangani Governor and Lakas-Kampi CMD national president Miguel Rene Dominguez, commenting on Teodoro’s huge lead in the Manila Bulletin online survey, said many people were beginning to see in Teodoro the kind of decisive leadership and intelligence they believed the next Philippine president should possess in the face of great challenges.

Dominguez cited Teodoro’s decisiveness in expelling from the ruling party the Ampatuans, the alleged masterminds in the Nov. 23 massacre in Maguindanao of 57 people; his efficient handling of relief and rescue efforts during the “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” calamities; and his academic accomplishments that included topping the Bar, passing the New York Bar in 1997 and training at the prestigious Harvard University and becoming a licensed commercial pilot.

The latest Facebook survey results as of Sunday noon showed Teodoro firming up his lead over Sen. Richard Gordon and Sen. Aquino. “Round#7” of the Election 2010 (http://apps.facebook.com/election_twenty_ten/ballot.php?_fb_q=1).

The Facebook survey results show Teodoro garnering the first place with 47.44 percent, followed by Gordon at 22.01 percent and Aquino at 16.18 percent.

Evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva took fourth, with 8.84 percent; Sen. Manny Villar, fifth with 4.12 percent; Nicanor Perlas, sixth with 1.01 percent; and former President Joseph Estrada, seventh with 0.40 percent.

Teodoro has been dominating the simulated online poll since its “Round#3.”  Aquino dominated the first two rounds of the online poll.

“We are not surprised by the outcome of this poll, because we have always known that the youth who are looking for change in this election can spot those who can be the agents of change,” Dominguez said.

“We have known all along that only our candidate Gibo has the brilliance, the clean track record and the vision to bring progress to this country. We are happy that the young, smart and computer savvy netizens see in  Gibo the leader that the country desperately needs,” the Lakas-Kampi-CMD official said.

Zambales 1st Dist. Rep. Milagros Magsaysay, a campaign spokesperson for Teodoro, said the latest results of the Facebook’s simulated election only showed that majority of youth voters, who flocked to the social networking site, picked the Lakas-Kampi standard bearer over his strong rivals Aquino and Villar.

“We already see the beginnings of a trend in the Facebook survey—Teodoro is the top choice for president of a good majority of youth voters who see him leading the nation with a platform of government that represents real change,” said Magsaysay.

Magsaysay said Teodoro’s candidacy has a strong appeal especially among new voters who were looking for strong leadership and intelligence as among the top qualities of the country’s next president.

“We are looking at a non-traditional way of reaching voters through the Internet. The young voters represent a thinking, analytical class of voters who will not be swayed by TV informercials and will scrutinize each candidate’s platform of government,” Magsaysay said.

Internet users in the Philippines reached around 15 to 20 million, accounting for 28 percent of some 35 million of the urban population, and about 70 percent of them are between the ages of 10 to 29 year old.

Most (71 percent) of users access the Internet from Internet cafes, more than half or 51 percent have visited a social networking site such as Facebook.  About one in three Filipino Internet users have a blog while about 63 percent of the Yahoo e-mail contacts in the Philippines are living abroad.

Teodoro earlier topped the mock-polls at the University of the Philippines (UP) held Dec. 8-11 with 1,669 votes of the 6,604 students who took part in the balloting.

Aquino received 1,481 votes for second place, and Villar got 577 votes for third. It was the second leg of the Alpha Sigma fraternity’s Boto ng Mga Iskolar ng Bayan, which held the first mock polls in September.(PNA)

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