Archive for March, 2009

roxas and escudero surge in SWS feb 2009 presidentiables survey, but roxas should not celebrate too much

March 30, 2009 4 comments

the story in this latest survey is not who is on top of the survey but who among the non-leaders surged up.  it is intentional that we use the word “surge” – escudero moved up one slot in rank and is now 4th with a +4 pts to 23% now. 

roxas who used to be 7th in ranking jumped to 5th place when he took a 5 pt surge to now 15%. that is an impressive increase.

it is not unusual for the leaders in this poll to stay where they are – de castro, villar and legarda are the top three. movements at that level are not expected until a few months or weeks near election time.

while there is some reason for roxas to celebrate, he needs to not over-do it. there are some concerns on his performance. we will be issuing a memo to roxas on the next post here in 2010 presidentiables.  


pope benedict – out of touch, out of science

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

it’s hard to tell which is the bigger problem for pope benedict – is he so out of touch from the reality of the spread of AIDS/HIV in the world or is he so out of touch of science and medicine where studies have shown condoms do prevent the spread of AIDS/HIV.

i won’t dwell on the science of it, but to me it’s very simple logic – the condom is barrier. it prevents something outside from going inside and that includes the AIDS/HIV virus. it should work.

many of the criticism and in fact the reason why many catholics have stopped going to church and moved out of catholic church is the lack of relevance. the church has been complaining for years that church attendance is steadily going down and fewer and fewer males go into priesthood. most of the reason why that has happened is they feel the church is way out of touch from real life, so much so that it no longer provides anything relevant in their lives.

this is one good example of that.


Facebook users wage condom campaign against Pope

By Faith Karimi
 (CNN)— Critics took to the social networking site Facebook to voice their fury over Pope Benedict’s remark that condoms do not prevent HIV.

Thousands have pledged to send the pontiff millions of condoms to protest the controversial comment he made to journalists as he flew to Cameroon last week.

“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.”

Pope Benedict XVI has made it clear he intends to uphold the traditional Catholic teaching on artificial contraception. The Vatican has long opposed the use of condoms and other forms of birth control and encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

About a dozen Facebook groups have sprang up, mostly from European countries, criticizing the pontiff.

“The clergy aren’t supposed to have sex at all, but they are free to tell people how to conduct themselves? That’s like a girl who wears no make-up as the CEO of CoverGirl,” one member posted on the page, “Condoms for Pope Benedict XVI.”

“It frightens me that a man who has devoted his life to moral guidance … and is undeniably a learned, intelligent man can be at the same time so narrow-minded, bigoted and irresponsible,” posted another person on a different page.

The online campaign added another voice to a deluge of criticism, which includes the governments of France, Germany and Belgium. Aid agencies and other health organizations have also chimed in.

The Lancet, a British medical journal, urged the pope Saturday to issue a retraction for the “outrageous and wildly inaccurate” statement to journalists aboard his plane.

“When any influential person, be it a religious or political leader, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record,” The Lancet said in an editorial.

“Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.”

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senator ping lacson’s “patas na laban para sa lahat” campaign

March 24, 2009 Leave a comment

this is next in 2010 presidentiables.

is governor ed panlilio the way out of the cross for the philippines?

March 22, 2009 1 comment

ed panlilio was the unlikely winner in the governatorial race in pampanga. he had no money. he had no political machinery. and he ran against someone who had all that and one or two very powerful high governement officials as backers. but Fr Ed Panlilio, The Unlikely won just the same.

and did we mention ed panlilio is a catholic priest?

so now, he has declared he wants to be president. is this unlikely winner and an unlikely candidate poised to win the presidential election in 2010?   is he the country’s salvation from the cross?

Earth Hour : March 28, 2009, 8:30pm to 9:30pm

March 18, 2009 Leave a comment

feb 2009 presidential performance and trust ratings – arroyo continued to be mired in mud

March 15, 2009 Leave a comment



 view bigger chart here:

 class ABC’s trust rating drop of -9 pts in our opinion is significant. the ABC class is the thinking class and is the group that is best connected to the political and economic issues. they may not be the first group to be affected by the economic downturn, but they have a sharper understanding of the issues.

a high 62% in the NCR gave arroyo a disapproval rating on her presidential performance. that is significant again because the NCR is the political and economic center of the country.

the other interesting results on the presidential performance rating chart is that the lower class – more of the D and E classes gave arroyo disapproval ratings. these are the groups of people who were supposed to benefit from the dole outs arroyo have been announcing in the past months. the dole outs are not having a positive effect among the poor?

 if this was a marketing product sold in the market, with performance and trust ratings like these, Brand Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would have been pulled out of the market a long time ago. cut losses as soon as possible!



gasp! february 2009 pulse asia presidentiable survey results

March 15, 2009 Leave a comment

looking at the numbers:

  • de castro on top is not surprising
  • escudero at 2nd is surprising. no advertising for senator escudero, just plain media exposure on his reactions to the political scandals the senate has been handling.  same fear he might run out of air with his monotone delivery but elegant and understandable tagalog.
  • estrada at 3rd is surprising. what is this man doing? it’s hard to believe all this is still the hang-over from post edsa dos. but he is there.
  • villar at 4th is comfortable. advertising works! that is what you say on villar.
  • why is roxas that low? he has advertising but it is not doing anything for him unlike what it is doing for villar. we will be sending a memo to roxas in the next post.
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