Winnability icon of 1998 meets winnability icon of 2010. In an Erap state of mind, Erap is the tough candidate, Villar is the tougher candidate, and Noynoy Aquino is his toughest opponent. What am I supposed to say? It figures? Populism’s poster boys – Erap, Noynoy, and Villar in perfect harmony – and we have the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey where
Aquino of the Liberal Party (LP) and Villar of the Nacionalista Party (NP) were neck and neck. Aquino’s running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, however, continued to lead the vice presidential race by a wide margin.
Of the 2,100 registered voters SWS polled from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, Aquino got 36 percent, while Villar stayed close with 34 percent.
The gap falls within the margin of error of 2.2 percentage points used in the survey.
With the margin of error, support for Aquino ranged from a low of 33.8 percent to a high of 38.2 percent, while support for Villar ranged from 31.8 percent to 36.2 percent. The respondents were given “ballots” that they had to mark in private and deposit in a container brought by the interviewer, according to BusinessWorld.
Trailing the front-runners were deposed President Joseph Estrada (15 percent, up 2 points), former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro (6 percent, also up 2 points), Bro. Eddie Villanueva (3 percent, up 1 point), Sen. Richard Gordon (2 percent, no change), Vetellano Acosta (0.4 percent), Nicanor Perlas (0.2 percent), Olongapo Councilor JC de los Reyes (0.1 percent) and Sen. Jamby Madrigal (0.1 percent).
The So-What Factor
I would hazard a guess that the choice of Erap, Villar, and Aquino are driven by the lower-level impulses – winnability, pedigree, mabaet – the usual derivations from personality-driven transactional politics – I buy you merienda, you vote for me. Ika nga choose your own poison.
When the personality-oriented criteria for choosing these three candidates are taken as a whole – 85%, the implications are that this country is still a long way off from voting for people with integrity and proven ability, never mind that these criteria have not brought any change – and by the looks of it – this election isn’t gonna be any much to expect from – lokohin nila ang lelong nilang panot.
Government of idiots, for idiots, by idiots – that’s the Philippines AND Filipinos for you.