Roxas, Escudero jump in survey

Roxas, Escudero jump in survey
Shows youth vote emerging

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I've said it before in this blog and am saying it now. 2010 will be a youthquake of an election. It will show the tremendous power of young people, of the Internet, of new media.

And for those running for senators in 2010 who still thumb their noses down at the young and the tech-savvy, mga kuya, magtanim na kayo ng kamote sa tabi-tabi.

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By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:04:00 03/31/2009

MANILA, Philippines--With a little over a year before the elections, solons said the horse race for the presidency has become too close to call with age and the youth sector emerging as key factors in the people’s choice.

Palawan Rep. Abraham Mitra said the surge of Senators Manuel Roxas II and Francis Escudero in the recent surveys showed that the youth vote has started to kick in.

"The gain of Mar and Chiz are substantial from previous surveys while almost all of the rest are going down,’’ said Mitra, a partymate of Escudero at the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the presidential race was "anybody’s call" at this point because there was no clear leader among the potential candidates.

Abaya said that the rise of Roxas, his fellow Liberal Party member, showed that there could still be surprises in the coming surveys with the public getting to know more of the candidates and separating the real opposition from the pseudo opposition.

“It's anybody’s call and given the hardships and realities of life, the people have not really decided on who they will vote for,” said Abaya.

In a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations, Escudero saw his share jump from 19 percent to 23 percent, while Roxas’ share surged from 10 percent to 15 percent.

The top three choices—Vice President Noli de Castro and Senators Manuel Villar and Loren Legarda—retained their standings but their shares were in decline. De Castro dropped to 27 percent from 31 percent, Villar 26 percent from 27 percent, and Legarda 25 percent from 28 percent.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson maintained his 14-percent share while former President Joseph Estrada inched up from 11 percent to 13 percent.

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo “Rodito” Albano III said the true test of the candidates would come at the start of the campaign period when they start "hurling mud at each other."

Albano said that when the dirty tricks start pouring in, voters must be more discerning on the real from the fabricated reports.

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