Press Release
January 22, 2010


Liberal Party President Senator Mar Roxas today said that LP standard-bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III still is the candidate to beat in 2010.

Citing new information revealed in a survey commissioned by a Villar ally done by the Social Weather Stations in December 27-28 last year, he said that Noynoy leads by a formidable 4 to 5 million votes in all scenarios explored.

"Bali-baligtarin man nila ang mga numero, iba-ibahin man ang mga scenario, nananaig pa rin ang puwersa para sa tunay na pagbabago na kinakatawan ni Noynoy (The forces of reform as represented by Noynoy consistently prevail in whatever scenario they try to cook up)," he said.

"Ang gusto ng taumbayan, bagong sinaing at hindi 'yung bahaw kahapon. Ang gusto nila, tunay na pagbabago, hindi ang dating kalakaran (The people want newly cooked rice, not yesterday's leftover rice. They want real change, not more of the same)," he stressed.

In a commissioned survey by the Social Weather Stations, Aquino retains his lead with a 44% rating, leading his next competitor by 11 percentage points. This is the main scenario, where all 8 presidential candidates are listed.

Aquino also maintains a strong lead in these scenarios (see attached):

  • If former President Joseph Estrada is not listed, a lead of 11 points.

  • If administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro is not listed, 10 points.

  • In all three-way battle scenarios (with Senator Manuel Villar and either Estrada or Teodoro), 10 points.

  • In a one-on-one battle with Villar, 8 points.

"Iisang scenario lang ang makatotoo, at iyon ay ang pananaig ni Noynoy sa pito pang kandidato (Only one scenario is closer to the truth, and this is where Noynoy leads the seven other candidates)," he stressed.

"Ang tanging pangontra ng mga katunggali ni Noynoy sa kanyang plataporma para sa tapat at tuwid na gobyerno ay paggastos sa mga patalastas at mga paninirang walang basehan. Nilulunod nila ang radyo at telebisyon, sa puntong halos purgang-purga na ang publiko sa mga ito (The only means the competition has to counter Noynoy's platform for clean and honest governance is to splurge in advertising and in black operations. They are bombarding the airwaves to the point of saturation)," he said.

"Pero ang pinakamahalaga: 50% man si Noynoy, 20% o kahit pa 1%, pursigido siya sa laban para sa tapat at tuwid na pamumuno (What's most important is whether Noynoy's rating is 50%, 20% or even 1%, he is committed to the fight for clean and honest government)," he stressed.

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