Category: Politics

Should we trust surveys?

Sometime ago I was commissioned by a local politician to conduct a survey adding that I should make him appear winner in the results. I was taken aback and asked about the real purpose of the survey he wanted. Was it for campaign strategy development or for propaganda? He replied that he wants both. I … Continue reading Should we trust surveys?

2022 Elections: Will CamNorte’s Egay Tallado serve a ‘5th Term’ as governor?

Will the people of Camarines Norte give Egay Tallado a fresh gubernatorial mandate despite being considered a recidivist in dismissing provincial employees? Or will former Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla finally snatch the seat this coming 2022?

2019 Midterm Elections: A bane or boon for the Bicol Region? (Part 2)

Implications In general, the recently concluded elections provide us with two clear messages -- the reiteration that Bicolanos vote independently as show by the presence of Otso Diretso candidates in the Region’s Magic 12; and, the incoming consolidation of political power by the sitting President. Because of the latter, we can expect complications to occur … Continue reading 2019 Midterm Elections: A bane or boon for the Bicol Region? (Part 2)

2019 Midterm Elections: A bane or boon for the Bicol Region? (Part 1)

2019 Midterm Elections: A bane or boon for the Bicol Region? (Part 1)

A midterm election is generally considered as a litmus test of the administration in power. It sends signals of affirmation or negation to the programs and policies of the current administration, and provides indicators of acceptability and satisfaction to the holders of power depending on the electoral system one has. The recently concluded 2019 Philippine … Continue reading 2019 Midterm Elections: A bane or boon for the Bicol Region? (Part 1)

Why Bicol lacks love for the Marcoses

While Imee Marcos ranks eight in the national tally for the senatorial race, she is performing poorly in all the provinces in the Bicol Region. She ranks 18th in Masbate, 21st in Camarines Norte, 23rd in Catanduanes, 24th both on Camarines Sur and Sorsogon, and 25th in Albay. The fate of Imee is just the … Continue reading Why Bicol lacks love for the Marcoses