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Poll 2013 exec: Libarios camp wanted survey results withheld By PAT SAMONTE of Mindanao Daily News
BUTUAN City––A director of the Policy Center of Father Saturnino Urios University here through which a survey of voter-preferences for the 2013 local election was conducted said that the camp of lawyer Roan Libarios had sought the results to be withheld. During a press conference on Monday, lawyer Josefe Sorrera-Ty said that Libarios’ campaign manager whose name she did not reveal, requested in a letter to hold back the results of the January 23-30, 2013 sur-
vey done by the FSUU Research Office. Sorrera-Ty proceeded with announcing the results stressing that they of Opinion Poll 2013 were “ indep endent and would not be cowed by any political influence.” It was gathered that FORTUN lawyer Froi Montero, a candidate for city councilor here, was Libarios’ campaign manager.
Survey results showed that Libarios’ rival Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun got 36.97 percent preferential rating and led more than twice Libarios’ 15.70 percent rating. Fortun’s spokesman, Eldie David said that prior to the announcement, Libarios’ radio commentators had claimed that the former Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president was leading in the Opinion Poll 2013 survey. Political observers noted that the Libarios camp appeared to be “in desperation” owing to his dismal showing in surveys including a study he reportedly commissioned. CAGAYAN de Oro city administrator Atty. Leon Gan raises the hand of former President Joseph Estrada as they campaign for the United Nationalist Alliance senatorial candidates and Padayon Pilipino candidates for Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental on Sunday evening at the Pelaez Rotunda. Thousands of supporters showed up for the 4-hour affair where the candidates delivered speeches. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit
Amante, Fortun beat rivals in independent local survey By PAT SAMONTE of Mindanao Daily News
BUTUAN City––Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun led their rivals in a recent independent survey conducted by Father Saturnino Urios University Policy Center here. In a press conference at the FSUU audio-visual room Monday, the Center announced that re-electionist Mayor Amante got 33.13 percent most preferred rating as against the 26.13 percent received by Rep. Jose Aquino II. Fortun, who is running for representative of Agusan del Norte’s First Congressional District, was preferred by 36.97 percent of respondents or more than twice the 15.70 percent received by his rival, lawyer Roan Libarios. For the city vice-mayoral contest, incumbent Councilor Josephine MarticionSalise took the lead over her city council colleagues, Angelo Calo (15.31 percent) and Randolph Plaza (15.14 percent). Dubbed Opinion Poll 2013, the survey was the second of a series conducted by the FSUU Policy Center which started in 2010. The Center is a non-stock, nonprofit think tank that provides scholarly perspectives on national and local policies that impact the communities of Caraga. It is an independent, non-partisan research and education organization that is based in, and integral part of FSUU, but is autonomous in its operations. Conducted last January 23-30, 2013, the opinion poll was the first of a four-series survey to be done every month and to culminate a week before the May 13, 2013 election. Covering 27 urban and 59 rural barangays, the study involved 1,796 voterrespondents using face-to-face interviews and pre-tested questions about issues and concerns like employment, livelihood, transportation, communication, garbage, flooding, and awareness in the conduct of the elections. For the city council seats, the survey showed incumbent Councilor Ramon Carampatana topping the list with 13 percent, followed by Erwin Dano, 12.52 percent, Ryan Anthony Culima, 8.40 percent, Jaime Cembrano, Jr., 7.92 percent, Audie Bernabe, 6.42 percent, Salvador Calo, 5.94 percent, Virgilio Nery, 5.40 percent, Samuel Allan Amante, 4.92 percent, Derrick Plaza, 4.76 percent, Dino Claudio Sanchez, 3.42 percent.