Monday, March 26, 2007

Anakpawis lawmakers score administration proposal to regulate surveys, say government is sour-graping

Monday March 26, 2007

Anakpawis lawmakers score administration proposal to regulate surveys, say government is sour-graping

Anakpawis Representatives Crispin Beltran and Rafael Mariano today said that there was a comprehensive administration public campaign to cast doubt on pre-election surveys. They said that that the campaign was meant to convince the voting populace that surveys we are just paid political propaganda and are essentially useless.

The Anakpawis lawmakers said that the campaign codenamed Oplan Havana is primarily a campaign launched via via mass media to expose the supposed inconsistencies of recent survey results carried out by SWS and Pulse Asia. Anakpawis was given a copy of the guidelines of Oplan Havana by an ally.

"Oplan Havana is a plot hatched by certain candidates in Team Unity who are trailing badly in the surveys. It aims to discredit the electoral surveys because obviously, these surveys indicate that the Team Unity candidates are at the losing end against the candidates of the Genuine Opposition. The administration cannot deny that the electoral surveys have the effect of further setting a trend in the preferences of the voting public," they said. "The administration is just sour graping because they are not benefitting any from these independent surveys."

Beltran said that accrording to sources, Oplan Havana aims to create a scenario wherein Filipinos will mistrust surveys and make them believe that thse surveys are lacking in credibility and are just empty political propaganda. The administration and Team Unity candidates intent to infuse millions of pesos in a separate media bliztkreig to discredit the surveys.

"Already staunch Malacañang defender Davao Rep. Prospero Nograles is calling for the regulation of electoral surveys. This is without doubt because of the continued failure of the Arroyo administration's Team Unity candidates to rate high in the surveys. If the surveys were showing opposite results and the Team Unity candidates were rating high, it's doubtful that the administration and its allies like Rep. Nograles will find it a necessity to have the surveys regulated," Beltran said.

Mariano, in the meantime, said that having the surveys subjected to guidelines and regulations based on Malacanang's standards was tantamount to censorship. "This is state control at its worse – the Arroyo administration wants to control the functions and the mandate of the survey groups to conduct random but efficient surveys that reflect current public sentiment. This is also an insult against the survey groups the SWS and Pulse Asia," he said.

The Anakpawis lawmakers said that Malacanang and Team Unity's fear of the surveys was well-founded because the administration candidates were sorely trailing in the survey results. "But why take it out on the survey groups? They're just the messengers. Team Unity candidates are trailing in the surveys because they are associated with Pres. Gloria Arroyo whose own approval ratings are negative."


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