Future scientists bat for 'Gibo'

March 16, 2010 10:34 pm 

MANILA, March 16 — The best and brightest scholars from the country’s premier science high school — the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Agham Road, Quezon City — are convinced that Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. is the best choice for their future, a survey conducted by students bared.

"They may not yet be voters, but like all other Filipinos they are stakeholders in next May’s elections. These PSHS students are keenly aware and capable of separating the chaff from the grain when it comes to a candidate’s qualifications," said Teodoro campaign spokesman Atty. Mike Toledo.

The PSHS main campus admits only about two percent of an average of 18,000 applicants from the country’s Top 10 students based on a student’s academic performance and potential.

Toledo pointed out that, "like others supporting Gibo, the students are aware of the implications on their future of a wrong choice in the elections by those who are old enough to vote."

Teodoro emerged as the runaway choice by students in a mock election participated in by about 300 students. More than half (54 percent) of the votes cast were garnered by Teodoro followed by Sen. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III at 19 percent; and Sen. Richard Gordon at 12 percent.

The mock poll was conducted during a whole-day student program in PSHS advocating responsible voting.

Called "Tugon", the whole-day program was aimed at inculcating a conscious sense of responsibility in the PSHS students for the coming elections.

Tugon was undertaken by Aksis, the official science club of PSHS.

During the program, students were exposed in activities about the coming elections including forums where students talked about responsible voting with teachers and personalities. A talk was also held involving stories shared by martial law victims.

It is not the first time that Gibo was chosen by students in surveys. He also topped the Ateneo de Manila University’s mock election last December, outpolling the favored Ateneo alumnus Noynoy.

The Ateneo poll confirmed Teodoro’s surge in college and university campuses nationwide, firming up a trend in which he is the presidential candidate most favored by students to lead the country in the next six years, Toledo noted.

Teodoro received 598 votes to Aquino’s 589 in the poll of 1,721 voters out of the Ateneo’s roster of 7,758 students.

Teodoro, the youngest among the frontrunners in the May polls at 45, has been consolidating his lead in the younger crowd, which has made him the winner in mock elections in colleges and universities.

Established in 1963 and run by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the PSHS school system is envisioned to raise the country’s FUTURE crop of scientists. Graduates of the PSHS are bound by law to major in the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, or engineering upon entering college.

The school holds the highest percentage of entrance test passers in premiere colleges in the Philippines and international schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Califormia and Los Angeles, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, United States Naval Academy, and the United States Military Academy. (PNA)

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