A SURVEY conducted in Mandaue City two weeks ago showed Rep. Luis Gabriel Quisumbing ahead of City Councilor Emmarie Ouano-Dizon in the mayoral race.
Other Liberal Party (LP) candidates in that city were also ahead of their opponents, except for Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale. Thirty-one percent of the survey respondents chose her, but 43 percent went for Dr. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, whose family is one of the city’s oldest clans.
The Social Weather Stations (SWS) confirmed it conducted the survey last March 10 to 12, commissioned by lawyer Victor Rodriguez of Pasig City. They had 300 respondents and an error margin of plus-minus six percent. Although the survey results were marked confidential, an SWS post said that its release was “sponsor-authorized.”
One of the questions was: If the elections were held today, whom would you most probably vote for as mayor of Mandaue City?
Forty-nine percent chose Quisumbing, while 40 percent picked Ouano-Dizon.
In an interview, Ouano-Dizon recalled that Quisumbing’s camp also held a press conference a week before the 2007 congressional elections, saying he would win.
But it was Soon-Ruiz who won, she pointed out.
“So for us, Mr. Rodriguez is entitled to his own entertainment,” read Ouano-Dizon’s statement emailed to media outlets.
“No politician will admit that he lost in his own survey, so we take this PR stunt with a grain of salt,” the councilor added.
Lawyer Gonzalo Malig-on, counsel and campaign adviser of Ouano-Dizon, pointed to another survey, reportedly with 1,200 voters, that showed her and other One Cebu candidates getting double-digit leads against their opponents.
In a press conference during the Liberal Party (LP) caravan yesterday, Magpale said she will be more visible in Mandaue City and will spend more time there to explain her programs.
“From the start, I really expected a tough fight in Mandaue,” Magpale told reporters.
Her running mate, Gov. Hilario Davide III, said he remained confident that they have a strong slate in Mandaue City.
The same SWS survey showed Davide ahead in Mandaue, with 34 percent of the respondents, compared with 23 percent for lawyer Winston Garcia of One Cebu.
For congressman, the survey placed incumbent Mayor Jonas Cortes ahead, with 61 percent, over 15 percent for Paulus Cañete of One Cebu.