Jamby leads in UP mock elections

>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yey! Our good senator is gaining ground among our country's intellectuals. No less than students of the University of the Philippines gave her a thumbs up as a top choice for President.

Jamby’ takes fourth lead in UP mock elections

Opposition Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero has emerged the top choice for the presidency of University of the Philippines students, according to the results of a campus-wide mock election.

The mock election was initiated by the Alpha Sigma Fraternity, which tallied the votes of 3,156 undergraduate students in 18 different colleges of UP-Diliman, which make up around 10 percent of the campus’ more than 22,000 under­gradu;ate students. Voting was conducted from September 8 to 15.

Escudero, a UP alumnus and member of the Alpha Phi Beta fraternity, garnered 690 votes, constituting 21 percent of participating students. He was followed by Sen. Manny Villar, another UP alumnus, with 365 votes, or 11.6 percent, and Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd, with 278 votes, or 8.8 percent.

Meanwhile, 267 students, or 8.5 percent of the participants chose to abstain.

Simoun Salinas, spokesperson for Alpha Sigma, said the mock election aimed to inspire awareness among UP students regarding the looming national elections. The event also highlighted the 47th anniversary celebration of the fraternity.

Logistics head Marc Aquimatang said the results of the mock election more or less reflected the disposition of UP students, considering that most college students fall within the voting age of 18.

At the bottom rung of the mock election results were Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro with 51 votes (1.6 percent), former President Joseph Estrada with 35 votes (1.1 percent) and Sen. Panfilo Lacson with three votes (0.09 percent).


Davao City supports Jamby Madrigal for President

>> Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has thrown his support behind Senator Jamby Madrigal after she paid him a short visit over the long weekend.

Duterte hasn't formally announced his support but the word is that this will be done at a proper time.

POLITICIANS coveting the presidential seat on 2010 will be given nothing but support, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday.

In his program, “Gikan sa Masa para sa Masa,” Duterte said presidential wannabes who came here since the Kadayawan to see the mayor were all friendly visits.

The latest of them was Senator Jamby Madrigal who came to see the mayor last Saturday. “She did not make final plans yet,” he said in the vernacular. “So I simply listened and she didn’t make herself clear on whether she is asking for help,” he said.

Duterte recalled Senators Mar Roxas, Chiz Escudero and Bong Revilla came during the Kadayawan and talked about their interest in running for the presidential seat.
Senator Noynoy Aquino also met with Duterte in a closed-door discussion at the Marco Polo Hotel on Thursday. He said Aquino has not yet decided if he would really run. But he advised Aquino there is a strong need to organize his camp if he is eyeing for a national campaign.“There was no commitment for him to run and no commitment from me to support,” he said.
“The most I could really offer is the support. Just that. No politics,” the mayor said.


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