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Philippine Political Development
Weng Bava


AS OF MARCH 2-9, 1998

SECTION A.   News Events on Political Parties and Candidates

Roco Says Filipino Women are Crucial to His Victory

"Honorary Woman" Sen. Raul Roco said Filipino wmen would propel him to victory in the May 11 elections.  The Aksiyon Demokratiko presidential candidate has asked women, who he said  had been credited for being more faithful in the exercise of their electoral duties, to unite and manifest their vote as a sector.

Roco pointed out that while there were more male (51%) than female voters, 70% of the female voters actually voted.

Polls Show Erap Headed for Sweep

Vice President Joseph Estrada is headed for a sweep with the possible 33 percent of the vote in the May elections, according to opposition forces citing the latest public opinion surveys taken in the February.

At 33 percent in a field of 10, Estrada seems certain to win.  A number of sources, who cited the SWS survey, said Estrada was followed by Mayor Alfredo Lim with 17%: Speaker Jose de Venecia and Sen. Raul Roco, tied at 9%; former Gov. Emilio "Lito" Osmena, 8%; former defense secretary Renato de Villa, 4%; Sen. Miriam Defensor Santaiago, 5%; Rep. Imelda Marcos, 2%; Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, 1%; Manoling Morato, 01%.


Lay Off Cory, Fred Asks Critics, Media

Liberal Party presidential candidate Fred Lim  appealed to his opponent and the media to respect former President Corazon Aquino and not romantically link her to him.

Ms. Aquino has greatly boosted the Manila mayor's campaign because the vanuted "Cory" magic remains a crowd drawer.

Eraps Sees 10-2 Win for LAMMP in the Senate Derby

The Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino is aiming for a 10-2 sweep in the senate derby, standard-bearer VP Estrada said.  Sotto, Rep. John Osmena, PBA star Jaworski, Sen. Ople, Rep. Tessie Aquino and former Sen. Pimentel.

Joe's Makeover Just Won't Work

Weighed down on the hustings by his trapo image, Speaker Jose de Venecia has to shake off his propensity to impress the electorate with grandisoe promises when he talks about his vision for the country.

At the Lakas campaign rally in Guadalupe, makati City, the speaker tried - bit in vain to impress his audience with promises to make the Philippines another economic tiger if he is elected president.

In a separate news, De Venecia was quoted proming to GMA-7's Kuya Germs that he would resurrect the now defunct teen show That's Entertainment.




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