Survey showing Agabas winning over Esperon assailed

January 14, 2010 at 7:52 am Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – A pollster and an adviser of thesis writers called as “dubious and irresponsible” a survey done by Philippine Research and Information Service Publishing, Inc. (PHILRIS) that showed Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias-Agabas ahead of former AFP chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon.

The survey showed that Agabas was ahead by 399 votes or 93 percent against the 28 or 7 percent out of the 427 respondents for Esperon in a one-on-one race if election was held from October 12 to November 8, 2009.

“How could you believe the validity of that survey if the samples in Rosales were 54 respondents, while the samples in Umingan were 46 respondents? That was spurious because if you base the latest number of registered voters at the provincial Comelec (Commission on Election), Rosales has only got 31,899 voters while Umingan has 41,184,” said by pollster who asked anonymity.

He explained further that the sample of the towns of Natividad, and San Manuel did not represent their respective populations.

In the PHILRIS Survey headed by Professor Demetrio S. Tadeo, Natividad got 43 percent, while San Manuel got 37 percent. He stressed that this would be a height of irresponsibility because San Manuel has a bigger population of 24, 426, than of Natividad that has 13,666 only as based on the latest number of registered voters at the provincial election office.

The incredible lopsided outcome of the survey made newsmen Edwin Bautista and Gabby Yana search for the registered address of ARO at Libis St, Science City of Munoz in Nueva Ecija.

“Upon our arrival at Barangay Poblacion West we searched for Libis St. , the postal address claimed by PHILRIS. Nobody residing along the Libis St. is aware of the existence of PHILRIS and Prof. Demetri S. Tadeo,” Mr. Bautista wrote Northern Watch Newspaper after it published the paid advertisement of PHILRIS at page 9 of its December 14 – 20, 2009 issue.

The Agabas- Esperon brouhaha rose to a higher note after the vice governor called the former Secretary as “Johnny-come-lately” in the 6th Congressional District.

Agabas told reporters after she filed her Certificate of Candidacy, that the people of the district could judge that she has been doing for nine years while Esperon just sneaked from nowhere.

The former four-star general countered that she did not hear Agabas espoused flagship projects he interceded for like the multi-billion- peso,. 43- km Tarlac-Pangasinan Expressway to expedite travel time of commuters, and the P11.5 billion re-regulating pond and its irrigation facilities that would irrigate tens of thousands of hectares in the province of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac.

“She even wants to close the San Roque Dam. These are issues people should know,” Esperon declared in a press conference he called in this city after he filled his CoC recently.

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