DESPERATE times call for desperate measures.
Having this in mind, Leni Robredo’s camp has set its sights on fabricating survey results to condition the minds of the Filipinos that she is picking up momentum barely four weeks before the elections, according to Uniteam senatorial candidate Larry Gadon.
“They have tried every tricks in the book but nothing is happening, So now they made up a fake survey firm and came up with fake survey results in a desperate effort to muddle the issue and confuse the voters. Mga bobo,” Gadon said.
Just recently, an obscure, bizarre and unfamiliar survey firm allegedly being run by independent university academics and calling itself Truth Watch Philippines Inc. (TruthWatch) came up with its own fictitious result using the recent March 17 to 21 Pulse Asia result as a backdrop for delineating the truth and claimed that Robredo is now “the preferred presidential candidate by 30 percent of respondents.”
TruthWatch, according to a certain Dr. Dante Velasco who claimed to be its president, has been allegedly organized by a group of veteran survey specialists, research and communication professors, former public officials, and social development advocates.
“We needed to have a more updated score in presidential and vice-presidential preferences coupled with key indicators that are not found in other surveys, such as differences in rural and urban respondents’ preferences, key issues relevant to voters, and family dynamics in voting decisions,” Velasco said in a press release.
But Gadon is not buying any of it.
“Anong klaseng mga tao ito? Dati hindi sila naniniwala sa survey. Nung tumaas ng konti si Lugaw aba’y pinangangalandakan na umaarangkada na daw sila at biglang naniniwala na. Pero nung nagsalita na halos lahat ng mga survey firms na milagro na lang talaga kung makakahabol sila aba eh biglang kambyo at ngayon nagtayo nang sariling survey firm,” said the feisty KBL stalwart.
The bogus survey firm said that Marcos was stuck in first place with 52% voters preference from 60%, while Robredo is gaining momentum with her 30% preferability and “the presidential race is now shaping up to be a two-way tie.”
“Anong two-way tie? Mga bobo talaga! Paanong magkakaroon ng two way-tie kung milya ang layo ni BBM? Payag ako three-way tie sila, naghahabulan para sa second place,” Gadon said, adding that this kind of washed up propaganda will not sell even among grade schoolers.
The fraudulent survey firm said they used a sample size of 2,505 and employed random sampling with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.
However, the spurious result coming from a fictitious company did not gain any leverage among those who received the news and is now becoming the laughing stock in social media.
“Akala yata ng mga ito makitid ang utak ng mga Filipino na gaya nila. Hindi na ninyo maloloko ang taumbayan. Ano ang susunod? Magwo-walkout ang NAMFREL at PPCRV sa araw ng halalan at sisigaw ng dayaan gaya nung ginawa nyo noong 1986? Bumenta na ‘yan! Hindi na kikita yan,” Gadon said.
The latest Publicus poll survey result showed little if not insignificant movements in the numbers of all the candidates, with frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. still enjoying what looks like an insurmountable lead barely four weeks left in the presidential race.
Robredo’s numbers, on the other hand, has been consistently low since October and from the looks of it is not getting anywhere, according Aureli Sinsuat, Publicus executive director.
“Ayoko naman magsalita ng tapos pero kailangan siguro ng miracle para makahabol yung sumusunod sa frontrunner ng presidential at vice presidential race. Hindi ko yun sinasabi dahil yun ang tingin ko kundi dahil yun ang sinasabi ng datos, hindi lang ng datos namin kundi yung datos ng lahat ng survey firms dito sa election na ito at sa historical data ng 2010 at 2016 elections,” Sinsuat said.
In the end, Gadon warned the Filipino people to be vigilant and be on the look out for unscrupulous people, particularly politicians, who will try to desecrate the sanctity of the elections.
“Huwag nating hayaan na agawin ng mga elitistang naghaharing uri ang ating mga boses at adhikain. Magbantay tayo sa halalan, bantayan natin ang ating mga boto sapagkat nakasalalay dito ang ating kinabukasan at kinabukasan ng ating bayan,” he said