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'Dramatic rise' in TEAM Unity bets' poll ranks elates Palace

Manila (25 April) -- Malacaņang is elated by what it called the "dramatic rise" in the ratings of TEAM Unity candidates and said that the signs were "increasingly bright" for a victory of its candidates in the May 14 mid-term elections.

Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio said the improved ranking of the administration candidates were manifestations that the support of the local officials were beginning to set in.

"We believe [that] a snowball for TU will happen in the remaining weeks of the campaign. The signs are increasingly bright for a TU victory next month," Claudio said in text message.

The support of local candidates, the TU's campaign platform for progress and harmony and its teamwork as against the Genuine Opposition's fragmented campaigning are giving the administration candidates the push in the survey, Claudio said.

"The trend shows more TU bets entering the magic 12 or 15. This will encourage the administration's nationwide local machinery to work hard for a 12-0 win for TU in many localities," he said.

"If you add the 10-20% local machinery factor, it's really possible for the opposition to be inundated by pro-administration votes," he said.

Six candidates -- three from the Genuine Opposition, two from Team Unity and one independent -- are vying for the last three slots in the senatorial race, according to the latest survey.

The top nine are occupied by five GO candidates, three TU, and an independent, the survey said.

TU candidates Ralph Recto, Edgardo Angara, and Joker Arroyo -- now ranked sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively -- have improved their showing from their previous ranks of seventh, eighth, and 10th in the March survey.

Since the start of the campaign in February TU candidates Miguel Zubiri, Prospero Pichay Jr., Cesar Montano, and Vicente Magsaysay have also gained points, while three GO candidates -- Alan Peter Cayetano, John Osmeņa, and Manuel Villar had -- lost points.

In contention for the last three seats are former Senator Vicente Sotto III (TU), Gregorio Honasan (Indepenent), Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel Jr. (GO), Tarlac Representative Benigno Aquino III (GO), Zubiri, and Sonia Roco (GO). (OPS/PIA) [top]

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