Only 17 percent of GMA townmates want her to run–Ibon

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, senior reporter, The Pamalakaya Times

Manila, Philippines- Independent think tank Ibon Foundation on Thursday said only 17 percent of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s townmates in Pampanga are in favor of her plans to run for the second district of the province.

Results of the latest IBON nationwide survey revealed that while 77 percent of respondents were very much aware and convinced that President Arroyo will seek a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010, 44.6 percent of those surveyed rebuked GMA’s plan to run for Congress next year.

Rose Bella Guzman, IBON’s executive director said nationwide, 61% of the total 1,496 respondents said they are aware Pres. Arroyo will run for Congress. Of this number, 85.8% said they were not in favor for the president to stay in government as a Pampanga representative.

“The October 2009 nationwide survey was conducted on October 2-8 using multi-stage probability sampling scheme. The latest survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent,” she said in a press release issued by the survey group, a copy of which was obtained by The Pamalakaya Times through Facebook social networking.

Earlier, Pamalakaya urged the six mayors of Pampanga who endorsed the plan of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to seek a seat in Congress in 2010 elections to rethink their position warning them of the phenomenal kiss of death attached to the Chief Executive.

“We ask the mayors of Pampanga to reconsider their support to Arroyo’s plan to run for a congressional seat in 2010 in sinister try to perpetuate herself to power and enjoy immunity from suit for the next three to nine years. Remember the kiss of death that is attached and irremovable from her and that could affect their respective political futures,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap warned.

The Pamalakaya official reminded the six mayors of the second district– Dennis Pineda (Lubao), Eduardo Guerrero (Floridablanca), Ricardo Rivera (Guagua), Rogelio Santos (Porac), Leonardo Velasco (Sasmuan) and Yolanda Pineda (Sta. Rita) that President Arroyo is detested by the majority of the Filipino people, and even her townmates are not inclined to give her a seat in Congress despite her series of “visitorial escapades” in Lubao since last year.

“The people of Pampanga are decent people and they are proud of their revolutionary past against colonizers and traitors. They will not subscribe to GMA or to any kind of patronage politics. They want politics of change, not politics of accommodation and self-serving interest. In fact, Mrs. Arroyo appears like a dead man walking waiting for the death of her incorrigible career as a politician in 2010. So why stick to an ultimate loser and detested politician like Arroyo?” added Hicap.

Last week, Floridablanca Mayor Guerrero said he told Ms Arroyo about a petition urging her to run for Congress but did not get a categorical answer about her political plans. But the President just smiled at him in response to his proposal for her run as congresswoman in the province second district.

Political analysts agreed that Ms Arroyo’s frequent visits to the province this year—almost weekly, with some visits stretching for three days and most of them to towns in the second district—have led to speculation that she would seek the position now held by her son, Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo.

The President inspects and inaugurates government projects like school buildings, roads and water systems during her visits here. She also distributes relief goods, land titles, scholarship certificates and health cards to residents.

According to Lubao Mayor Pineda he will support Ms Arroyo 100 percent if she runs in the second district of Pampanga because she could serve the district well. Another supporter Porac mayor Santos said majority of the people in the province want her to run for congressional seat in 2010.


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