Guv Wants Continuity in Government

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr., wants “continuity in the government,” that is why he is supporting former Interior Sec. Mar Roxas for President.

Bacolod City volunteers conducted clean-up operations at Mambulok Creek in Barangay 10 and other coastal areas in the city in observance of the 30th International Coastal Clean-up Day last Saturday, September 19, 2015.* (CMO-PIO photo)

THADDY’S BIRTHDAY. Birthday celebrator former Vice Mayor Thaddy Sayson (center) is flanked by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (5th from right) and (from left) mediaman John Elmer Ubaldo, Councilor Alex Paglumotan, former councilor Homer Bais, Barangay Estefania Brgy. Captain Jerry Tingson, newspaper columnist/businessman Romy Niere, Barangay Sum-ag Brgy. Captain Rodney Carmona, Bacolod SP Secretary Atty. Sonny Petierre, Councilor Noli Villarosa and Barangay Kagawad Cris Paolo Jison who gathered for his birthday celebration at Sayson’s Residence over the weekend.* (CMO-PIO photo)

“There should be continuity. Somebody has to take over because if it will be changed because a new administration takes over we will be left behind again, “ Maranon said yesterday, citing citing Vietnam which is already close to the Philippines in terms of the economy.

“If Mar wins there will be another six years of economic growth currently at six percent, “ he said.

He added that he still believes that Roxas still has time to catch up in the surveys.

“I am happy with his increasing survey numbers though it maybe slow, “ Maranon said.

The problem is when you peak early and your numbers plunge in the homestretch, he said.

Neophyte Senator Grace Poe continues to be the front runner in the presidential race, based on results of poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted early September.

The SWS survey results as of September 20, also showed administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II advancing to second place, further dislodging Vice President Jejomar Binay who is now ranked third.

The results of the survey, which was taken from September 2 to 5, showed voters’ preference for Poe at 47, up by 5 percentage points from 42 percent in June.

These results indicate which potential candidates are on top of people’s minds, though they may not reflect actual voting preferences.

Among the three declared presidential candidates, Roxas posted the highest jump in voters’ preference – 39percent in September from 21percent in June, an 18-percentage point increase.

Voters’ preference for Binay was statistically unchanged at 35 percent, from 34 percent in June.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who had announced that he would not seek the presidency, was fourth with 16 percent from 20 percent in June.

The others are Senator Francis Escudero, 6 percent, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, 5 percent; former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, 3 percent; Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, 2 percent; and former senators Panfilo Lacson and Manuel Villar, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, 1percent.

The survey asked 1,200 respondents nationwide to name a maximum of three people they believe should succeed President Benigno Aquino III.*