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PIA Press Release
2007/04/19

Local machinery boosts TU's winning chances for more senatorial seats

Tacloban City (April 19) -- The Administration's prospects of dominating the forthcoming May polls is boosted by the support from the grassroots.

The Administration's machinery is getting stronger even as the members of the league of mayors, city mayors, governors and vice governors have made commitments to deliver a 12-0 victory for the Team Unity ticket, Tonypet Albano of the Team Unity said.

Albano said that the administration's senatorial candidates are expected to lead in areas where the opposition lacks local supporters.

Indeed, it has been observed that the opposition failed to field in local candidates in many parts of the country.

Even the Team Unity candidates themselves expressed their belief that machinery or command votes will ensure victory.

Zambales Governor Vic Magsaysay said that the local level will be the battleground for the May polls. Agusan del Sur Congressman Prospero Pichay, for his part said, that based on his experience, voters follow the advise of their community leaders.

Former Senator Tito Sotto also agreed that command votes will deliver the goods for the administration. It could not be denied that majority of the incumbent officials, including candidates, are pro administration.

Among the many reasons why local leaders are backing up the Team Unity candidates, Albano said, is because of the Team Unity's good platform of government.

Another reason, Albano revealed, is that many local leaders expressed their disappointments with several independent and opposition re-electionists. The disappointments sprang from the fact that these re-electionists failed to help develop the areas where they won in the past elections. (PIA 8) [top]

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