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MANILA STANDARD
24 March 1998 - Tuesday
Filed by Ralph Remigio

Erap lead, Joe ties Lim
SWS Survey

Presidential Survey

%

Vice-Presidential Survey

%

Estrada

28

Arroyo

47

Lim             

14

Osmena

18

De Venecia

14

Angara

12

Roco    

11

Orbos

6

Santiago

7

Tatad

4

De Villa

5

Sueno

2

Enrile

2

Santiago

1

Marcos

2

Sabio

0.5

Morato

0.9

Pacheco

0.2

Dumlao

0.4

Other Listed

2

Undecided

7

Undedided

9

Ballot Box Approach … "The SWS survey of March 16-21 was based on a representative national sample of 1,500 registered voters drawn from 300 different spots (electoral precincts/barangays), or the same size as the previous January and February SWS surveys. The more the number of spots or clusters, the higher the quality of a survey."

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Osmena warns the electorate during a campaign sortie in Pampanga in voting for candidates with "cosmetic-type" popularity. He was referring to Lim and De Venecia who were banking on the "magic" of their endorsers.

Enrile has called for the scrapping of the antiquated libel laws and the exemption of media practitioners exposing graft and corruption from prosecution. "Public officials ought to be subjected to total scrutiny through the media, so that their acts would be exposed to the public view," Enrile said.

Pimentel on Abu Sayyaf - He said the government should conduct peace talks with ideologically inclined Abu Sayyaf members who wish to return to the folds of the law but must continue its iron-fist approach toward members of the group who are plain bandits or terrorists. He assailed the President’s wholesale policy of rejecting peace negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf , saying this is a myopic approach that could only exacerbate the peace and order problem in the Sulu-Basilan-Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga areas where the extremist group is operating.

Torres for building more water reservoirs - He said unless the gov’t construct more dams, the country…will continue to suffer from an undending severe water shortage. He also pointed out that, possessed with the necessary technology and expertise, Filipino workers have built dams in Indonesia and other countires and there is no reason why the gov’t cannot construct as many dams as necessary to complement the overworked La Mesa and Angat dams.

Legarda: Rural air system a must - She said 44 million Filipinos or 68% of the entire population have no access to the regular domestic service of PAL and other local carriers. The gov’t must come up with a deliberate plan to upgrade some of the country’s 219 rural airports… into viable national airports.

Abadia says SEZ to spur growth - He is confident that the economic meltdown in the Asia-Pacific region will not stop the expected economic surge in Southern Philippines. One of the main reasons is the peace and order in the region, which is one of the major accomplishments of the administration. The formation of four new special economic zones (SEZ’s) in Mindanao once operational will trigger the influx of fresh foreign investments in the region.

"Over my dead body" - De Villa

De Villa announced that it is already impossible at this point for a united third force to be formed as each presidentiable has no intention of sliding down from the presidency, including De Villa. His reasons:

"If I compare myself and my organization and my support groups with those of the others, I thinkd I’m very much better off."

"I deny that (sliding down) and I would like to say that (it) is an exercise in deception. It’s very unfortunate when you expect honorable men to be on the level to be honest with you and then see an attempt at decption… The others are thinking about it quite genuinely."

 

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