Presidential-aspirant Miriam Defensor-Santiago recently released a statement that she has learned that some surveys conducted do not include her name which forces respondents to vote for other candidates.
“No one believes surveys anymore because, in the first place, it’s all over social media that my name has been removed from some of the forms used in these surveys so that respondents would be forced to vote for other candidates.”
Posted on Santiago’s official website, several individuals claimed they responded to pre-election surveys and didn’t see the name of Senator among the candidates. The respondents claimed that they had to write her name or pick undecided instead.
Santiago also warnEd the voting public to be on guard against “mind-conditioning” done by “well-funded” presidential candidates and their wealthy supporters.
Wala nang naniniwala sa mga survey ngayon kasi, unang-una, nagkalat sa social media na inalis daw ang pangalan ko sa…
Santiago is more inclined to believe the polls led by student publications or campus publications where she usually takes the lead, which include:
- Universilty of the Philippines (U.P.) Los Baños, 86 percent;
- U.P. Baguio, 78.2 percent;
- Philippine Normal University, 76 percent;
- De La Salle University Manila, 75 percent;
- University of Santo Tomas, 66 percent;
- Adamson University, 64 percent;
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 64 percent;
- U.P. Manila, 59.5 percent;
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 58.5 percent;
- a U.P. cross-campus survey (Diliman, Los Baños, and Baguio), 56.5 percent.
- Malayan Colleges Laguna, 54.7 percent;
- West Visayas State University, 47 percent;
- University of Asia and the Pacific, 43.2 percent;
- U.P. Diliman, 41.6 percent;
- Holy Angel University, 40 percent;
- Ateneo de Naga University, 37.4 percent;
- Ateneo De Manila University, 36.6 percent; and
- University of Northern Philippines, 35.85 percent.
There are no formal complaint press against polling organizations and they are yet to make any counter-argument against the information presented in the Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s official website.