MANILA - Choosing to join or skip televised debates may have an effect on how voters will decide on their candidates, a Pulse Asia official said. Speaking on ANC's "Beyond Politics," Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda said voters may sense something from how some candidates seem to be uncomfortable with the idea of joining debates. "Given that the candidates of the administration are apparently not as comfortable appearing on debates, I'm sure some of our voters will be sensing something from that, and will be making decisions on the basis of that," she said, referring to candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte formally endorses 11 senatorial bets Ex-DILG chief Alunan completes Duterte’s Senate lineup Of Duterte's 12-man slate, only former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino has attended "Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate." Transport dept under Abaya liable for MRT woes: Tolentino 'Balimbing ka ba?' Senatorial … [Read more...] about Can joining debates help candidates win?
MANILA—A senatorial candidate trailing in surveys on Monday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stop two major survey firms from publishing pre-election results, claiming they are “bogus” and part of a “mind-conditioning scheme.” Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon said he still would have filed the petition against Pulse Asia Inc. and the Social Weather Stations (SWS) assuming he fared well in the two surveys. Gadon, who was behind the impeachment complaint against former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, ranked from 26th to 36th places in Pulse Asia’s December survey. Poe leads, Imee and 'Bato' with 'statistical chance' of Senate win: Pulse Asia “Dapat nasa Top 12 ako!” he told reporters, raising questions over the credibility of the Pulse Asia and SWS results. NEFARIOUS In his petition, the lawyer said “there is now an urgent need” for the Comelec “to step in and stop this nefarious scheme of the respondents.” … [Read more...] about Survey laggard goes after Pulse Asia, SWS
MANILA - Senatorial candidates in the May polls cannot rely solely on endorsements from popular figures like President Rodrigo Duterte, a pollster said Friday. Only 2 of 15 candidates with a "statistical chance" of winning are newcomers, while the rest are either seeking reelection or a Senate comeback or are supported by the President, according to a Dec. 14-21 Pulse Asia poll. Previous surveys showed that voters also look at the "achievements and potentials" of senatorial candidates, said Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda. "If the connection is there, and the popularity of the endorser is there, it could be a lot," she told ANC's Early Edition. Behind in surveys, opposition bets told to revise anti-Duterte strategy Senatorial hopefuls cannot simply count on an "endorsement by itself," and they still need "something that is of his own, achievements, potentials," she said. "Not all our voters are voting one way. There will be voters who will say, you are close to the … [Read more...] about President’s backing alone not enough for Senate win: pollster
MANILA - The "aggressive campaign" of former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and the acquittal of former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. from graft charges helped improve their rankings in the recent survey, a Pulse Asia official said Friday. Revilla, known for being an actor and lawmaker, settled in the 8th to 15th slot, while Go, who never held an elected position, landed on the 14th to 16th spot in a Pulse Asia survey conducted between December 14 and 21. Bong the action star Revilla, who allegedly diverted public funds to his personal accounts, was acquitted from graft charges a week before the survey was conducted. "It seems that the fact the he was acquitted helped him because prior to this [acquittal], Bong Revilla was not in top 12," Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda told ANC's Early Edition. "Now they are giving him the benefit of the doubt, it seems," she said. The Sandiganbayan's favorable decision for the former lawmaker will not be enough to sustain … [Read more...] about Bong Go’s ‘aggressive campaign’, Revilla acquittal bolster survey rankings: Pulse Asia
The first conviction on the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist. And a new law could change the way we work. Here are the stories ANC will be covering today: Money laundering Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito was found guilty of money laundering in connection with the $81-million Bangladesh Bank cyber heist. It is the first conviction in the case. Will there be more? Bangladesh Ambassador in the Philippines Asad Alam Siam urged Manila to speed up the cases against the other accused. Working from home President Duterte signed a law that would allow employees to work from home. Will this affect productivity in the workplace and the economy in general? One of the aims of the law is to address traffic. Will we see a reduction of losses in the economy due to traffic with the new law? Missile envy The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said new satellite imagery revealed Chinese fishing vessels in the Spratlys which the Philippines is claiming. Beijing also boasted about deploying … [Read more...] about The ANC Brief: Conviction on money laundering