SWS: De Castro, Villar, Legarda lead Presidential Aspirants

Noli de Castro

Vice President Noli De Castro is still Filipino’s (according to surveys) favorite to succeed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2010.

According to the result of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2008, De Castro, Senate President Manuel Villar, and Sen. Loren Legarda are among the top favorites for 2010 presidential elections.

SWS asked this question to 1,500 adult Filipino respondents:

Under the present Constitution, the term of Pres. Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed Pres. Arroyo as President? You may give up to three names.

Of the 1,500 respondents, 29% mention Vice-President De Castro, 28% mention Senate President Villar, and 26% mention Sen. Legarda. Respondents of the SWS survey were randomly picked in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Panfilo Lacson  follows Legarda with 17%, then Francis Escudero 16%, and 13% mention both Joseph Estrada and Mar Roxas. See the complete list below:

Noli de Castro 29%
Manny Villar 28%
Loren Legarda 26%
Panfilo Lacson 17%
Francis Escudero 16%
Joseph Estrada 13%
Mar Roxas 13%
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 1%
Bayani Fernando 1%
Antonio Trillanes III 1%
Juan Ponce Enrile 1%
Francis Pangilinan 1%

(Source: Social Weather Stations)

Will this survey already define what the 2010 presidential elections be? Will this can be translated to votes? It is too early to tell.

Presidential aspirants are now beginnign to lubricate their political machineries to surely win in 2010. That is the only thing I am sure of.

What is interesting is respondents’ mention of Estrada and Arroyo which supposed not on the list of 2010 presidential aspirants in 2010. But people still love to recall their names. But recalling them while voting? I doubt.

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Gallup International: Filipinos are 5th hungriest worldwide

Gallup International ranked the Philippines fifth out of 55 countries in the recent global hunger survey called “Voice of the People”.

The Gallup survey noted that 40% of the Filipino respondents were found to have experienced an empty stomach in late 2007 to the present. This means that four out of 10 poor Filipinos experienced empty stomach in the last 12 months.

This may not be very surprising. But for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her administration, may find this as little insult to the “food for every Filipino” line that GMA keeps on bragging in her speeches. In fairness to President Arroyo, she is doing her part well as chief executive to fight hunger. The problem is just too big to handle on.

A related survey conducted from September 24 to 27, 2008 by Social Weather Station (SWS) found that 3.3 million Filipino families were suffering from hunger in the last three quarters.

The Philippine government aims to reduce poverty incidence to between 17 percent and 20 percent by 2010, thus lessen the the number of hungry Filipinos.

According to National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), there are 27.6 million Filipinos in 2006 or 32.9 percent of the population.

Too many, indeed!

But hunger is not specific to the Philippines. Many countries in the world have the same fate – with many of its poor citizens have nothing to eat.

Source: The Manila Times