KUWTT: “Leni needs a miracle to win” | April 10, 2022

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READ: ‘Leni needs a miracle to win’

It will take a “miracle” for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo to win the presidency, according to a polling firm on Saturday. In a statement, Aurelio Sinsuat, executive director of PUBLiCUS Asia, said in Filipino that if he doesn’t want to preempt the May 9 election results, he might need a “miracle to overtake the favorite in the presidential race. “. Sinsuat said this was not based on his opinion but “on data not only from PUBLiCUS but from all polling companies in this election and historical data from 2010 and 2016”. Based on the latest pre-election poll conducted by PUBLiCUS from March 30 to April 6 of 1,500 respondents, Robredo was far behind, with a 24% voter preference, compared to frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Marcos’ 56% and The Numbers of Robredo rose slightly from the March 9-14 survey, where the former senator got 51% and the vice president 21%. PUBLiCUS said its latest survey was consistent with results from Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia, which also indicated a massive victory or a landslide victory for Marcos. PUBLiCUS said Marcos’ lead was “insurmountable” given that there are only four weeks left in the campaign. He added that if the elections were held today, Marcos would receive nearly six out of 10 votes while Robredo would be lucky to receive three. The son of former president Ferdinand Marcos also led in all economy classes, performing well among those in class E with a 60% preference share in the group compared to Robredo’s 16%. He also has a 30% voter preference in North Central Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The pollster said that based on the Pahayag Quarter 4 survey in December 2021, “it can be inferred that the number of Marcos has increased – albeit with a rather gentle slope”. This was in stark contrast to Robredo’s voter share of 23%, which is his “highest throughout the election period”.

READ: 1.7 million Pinoys overseas start voting

THE 30-day overseas voting period for overseas Filipinos began today, Sunday, April 10, the Election Commission (Comelec) announced. A month before the May 9 national elections, the polling organization said 1,697,215 overseas Filipinos will vote in 92 Philippine posts, embassies and consulates located in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The largest concentration of overseas registered voters is in the Middle East and Africa with 786,997, followed by Asia-Pacific with 450,282 voters. The Americas have a total of 306,445 voters while Europe has 153,491. Voting will be through an automated voting system, a manual system, postal voting or a personal vote. Foreign voters, like local absentee voters, will only vote for the president, vice president, 12 senators and one party group. Local absentee voters have three days to vote April 27-29, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at designated voting centers. Comelec said voting could be suspended in several countries, namely Iraq, Algeria, Chad, Tunisia, Libya, Afghanistan and Ukraine due to security concerns.

READ: Experts warn of coronavirus surge after poll

TWO experts warned on Saturday that low coverage of booster shots in the country could lead to a new wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases after the May 9 national elections. OCTA lead researcher Dr Guido David said there is a possibility of an increase after the election as they see increases but are still considered very low risk. The World Health Organization on Thursday raised the possibility of a resurgence of the epidemic, noting that as the virus continues to circulate, flare-ups could occur, and with them the resulting increase in hospitalizations and deaths. death among the population. David said increases have already been recorded in central Luzon and northern Mindanao, although the numbers are too low to be of concern. David added that the country has been observed to experience a surge every three months since the start of the pandemic, so the spike in cases could reoccur in April or May due to lower immunity to variants, including the Omicron strain and its recombinant parent Omicron XE. He said there are still limited data on the transmissibility and virulence of the Omicron XE line, adding a second booster dose might offer some protection against the recombinant variant. Special Advisor to the National Covid-19 Task Force, Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, agreed with David, stressing the importance of booster shots, especially in this election season, when super-spreading events like the Gatherings are common.

READ: Palm Sunday kicks off Holy Week

FOR the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, holding in-person Lenten activities will be permitted in all Catholic churches in the Philippines, beginning on Palm Sunday. Expecting huge crowds, the Philippine Conference of Catholic Bishops (CBCP) called on worshipers to follow health protocols, stressing that Covid-19 remains a serious threat. The Department of Health (DoH) has previously called on churches to reconsider holding certain Holy Week traditions such as the ‘pahalik’ or the kissing of icons, as it is a potential spreader of Covid. -19.

READ: Lacson accepts Atienza’s apology

SEN. Panfilo Lacson accepted an apology from Vice President Jose “Lito” Atienza who earlier suggested he quit the presidential race and support his running mate, Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao. Vice-presidential candidate Atienza reiterated his public apology Friday to Lacson that he had no intention of insulting him when he asked Sotto to be Pacquiao’s running mate and, in fact, , he stressed that he had great respect for Lacson. as a leader since they worked well together when he was mayor of Manila and Lacson was chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Atienza said he is proposing that Sotto, who is Lacson’s running mate, should team up with Pacquiao and drastically change the dynamics of the election. He said a Pacquiao-Sotto tandem would be a formidable challenge for the tandem of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Atienza said he thinks changes should happen in order to change the trend and the results of the elections. Atienza added that after undergoing knee surgery he hopes to physically resume the campaign alongside Pacquiao but he is ready to sacrifice his offer if Lacson and Sotto agree to adjust their strategies. Lacson, however, said it would be best if Atienza retired from the race and Pacquiao adopted Sotto as his running mate.

READ: Marcos wins support from Biliran governor

PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has won support from Biliran Governor Rogelio “Roger” Espina and the province’s youth sector. At a gigantic rally in Naval, Biliran on Friday, the governor introduced Marcos, who is running with Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as the next president of the Philippines. Marcos was joined by Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and House Majority Leader and Lakas-CMD Chairman Martin Romualdez at the first three UniTeam rallies Friday in Catarman, Borongan City and Catbalogan City. In Biliran, dela Rosa called on the electorate to vote for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio, stressing that the Davao City Mayor will be a true partner of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas flag bearer in bringing the country to economic recovery. and solve other problems.

READ: Close collaboration encouraged among ASEAN members

As for business, amid the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd called for close cooperation among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). At a series of meetings of ASEAN finance ministers and central bank governors on Friday, he said the crisis in Ukraine will undoubtedly amplify the upheavals created by the two-year global battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19. This expands the risk horizon and exacerbates supply chain issues. He said the situation in Ukraine is causing inflationary pressures in all countries, and the longer the conflict continues, the more pressure there will be for consumer prices to rise in all countries.

READ: Gin Kings, Bolts bust in Game 3

Top of the sports Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings and Meralco Bolts go bust as defending champion Gin Kings and the promising Bolts shoot for a win that will put them halfway to the season-ending crown. Brownlee was back to his usual lethal state and in Game 2 on Friday he was able to give the Gin Kings a big boost. Besides his consistent presence throughout the game, the four-time PBA champion and former top importer in the league came away with a nearly triple-double performance. Brownlee finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, but more importantly, his steal over Chris Banchero capped off with a late game dunk sealed the deal for the Gin Kings.

Opinion and editorial

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