Al gets Iglesia’s support after 28-point led against Lim

May 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The politically influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo has cast its lot with reelectionist mayor Al Fernandez when it asked its members in a church mass recently here not only to vote overwhelmingly for Fernandez but vote for congressional and vice mayoral bets Gina de Venecia and Belen Fernandez.

“Na announced na kahapon sa pag samba. GAB (acronym for Gina, Al, and Belen) ang napagpasyahan nila” in a text message sent to this paper by the mayor’s son Alvin.

Veteran broadcaster Joey Ballesteros, an INC member, said that his church customarily resorts first to a scientific survey before it pledges its support to a certain candidate.

“After the worship service, our members are given a list that looks like a sample ballot that show the names of candidates we are going to vote,” he explained.

The multi-million members INC has a reputation to resort into block voting nationally, a practice that send back chills among national and local elective officials who did not stop to ingratiate with its leaders during the campaign period.

“The Iglesia support jibes with the 28.04 lead in our latest survey against (mayoralty rival Benjie) Lim,” exclaimed by a Fernandez supporter who asked for anonymity.

On that pre-election poll, Fernandez garnered 61.02 percent against Lim’s 32.98 percent or a lead of 28.04 percent.

In that April 26-30, 2010 survey, the undecided voters however swelled to six percent or an almost a percent higher to the 5.06 percent April 10-14, 2010 survey that was commissioned by Mayor Fernandez.

The survey used a stratified random sampling of 1000 out of the more than 95,000 registered voters of this city. The survey has a margin of error of plus 4 and minus 4.

Stratified random is each member of the registered voters has an equal chance of being selected.

Another GAB source, who asked not to be named, said that the new lead of Fernandez was bolstered primarily by adversarial issues incessantly hurled by reelection Vice Mayor Fernandez against Lim in every campaign sortie and in her regular media interviews.

“Issues like the anomalies perpetrated by Lim in the multi-million of pesos Awai land deal, dredging machine, overpriced lampposts, questionable purchase of the P50 million and useless Macador Building, the P600 million loans he entered that burdened the city by P300 million as interest to the bank, and a lot of negative issues that take their toll to the stocks of the former mayor as the campaign comes into conclusion”.

He said the slogans of GAB through billboards and tarpaulins that punctuate the city that say “Huwag ibaon ang Dagupan sa utang,” have undermined Lim- a former two term mayor of this city.

In the March 22-23, 2010 and April 10-14, 2010 surveys commissioned by Bombo Radyo and Mayor Fernandez, the latter left Lim by 3.6 percent in Bombo, while Fernandez lead Lim by 14.10 percent on its April 10-14 pre-election poll.

Both of these polls have 1,200 respondents and with a margin of error of plus 3 and minus 3.

The source would not explain why they shifted to a plus 4 minus 4 confidence level on the latest poll.
The April 28-30, 2010 survey uses a facsimile of the official ballot for the voters to shade their preference.

In that survey Vice Mayor Fernandez led by 82 percent against his rival outgoing alderman Pacoy Torio, while congressional bet de Venecia has maintained her significant lead of roughly 90 percent against rival Celia Lim.

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