Aquino tops WMSU mock election

If elections were held today, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III would likely be the President of the Philippines, at least at Western Mindanao State University, as the outcome of the USC Senate-sponsored mock election was revealed.

The Senate of the University Student Council in coordination with the House of Representatives and various College Student Boards conducted a one day-mock election in some areas of the university with the College of Education Social Hall as its nerve center. Students were asked to write in a piece of paper their bets for the Presidential and the Vice Presidential posts respectively using a reference prepared by The USC Senate to serve as guides.

Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the presumptive candidate of the Liberal Party for the 2010 Presidential Election topped the poll with 487 out of 1,008 votes or 48.31%, followed by the Senator Manuel “Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party who got 180 votes or 17.86%.

Behind Aquino and Villar is Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition who is yet to declare its bid for presidency, who received 110 votes or 10.91%.

Eight colleges participated in the said election, to wit; College of Engineering and Technology(CET), College of Education(CED), College of Home Economics (CHE), College of Nursing (CN), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) and College of Physical Education Recreation and Sports (CPERS).

On the other hand, Senator Manuel Roxas of the Liberal Party out-shined other contenders on the Vice Presidential post garnering 381 out of 1008 votes or 37.91 %, followed by Escudero with 156 votes or 15.48% and Villar with 63 or 6.25 %, in second and third place respectively.

Alvin Rex Lucero, the Senate President and the proponent of the Resolution authorizing the conduct of the activity, said that Senator Aquino won in all participating candidates with really wide margin ensuring its swift victory in the mock election. He further stressed-out that the activity will serve as the jump start of the series of activities prepared by the USC Senate relative to the 2010 Election.

“The Senate therefore earnestly prays that the said activity will serve as an eye-opener to the students and will make them realize the sanctity of their vote, thus enticing them to participate in the forthcoming elections”, Lucero added.

For the Presidential post, the other candidates in the polls and their share in the number of votes, were Senator Manuel Roxas, 36 votes (3.57%), Vice President Noli de Castro, 28 votes (2.78%), Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, 22 votes (2.18%), Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, 17 votes (1.69%), Senator Loren Legarda, 14 votes (1.39%) and Former President Joseph Estrada, 14 votes (1.39%).

For Vice Presidency, here are the other candidates who made their marks in the mock poll, Legarda, 56 votes (5.56%), Benigno Aquino, 48 votes (4.76), Kris Aquino, 34 votes (3.37%), De Castro, 25 votes (2.48), Binay, 20 votes (1.98%), Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, 19 votes (1.88%) and Senator Jamby Madrigal, 15 votes (1.49%).

To ensure the success of the activity, all of the members of The Senate took part in the activity bearing with them different assignments, Senate President Pro Tempore Lyneth Francisco was assigned to watch over the elections happening in the College of Liberal Arts, Majority Floor Leader Jeric Ledesma was tasked to oversee the conducts of the mock election in his home College — CPERS, Minority Floor Leader Stephanie Rose Vargas and Senator Jovencio Joseph Ilagan III teamed up to facilitate the mock polls happening in the College of Nursing and the College of Home Economics, Senator Ronel Estrada keenly supervised the activities in the College of Engineering and Technology, Senator Mark Anthony Mejares chiefly managed the participation of the College of Social Work and Community Development and the College of Criminal Justice Education and Senate President Alvin Rex Lucero took the lead in acting as the Overall Chairperson of the event.

The presenter of the event also take cognizance of the participation of the members of the House of Representatives headed by Speaker Jerick Gerard Go and all the members of the College Student Boards of the participating Colleges.

As an added value, the USC Senate installed two “freedom cloth” in the University, one in Social Hall and the other at the CLA Kiosk for the students to express their thoughts relative to the 2010 National Election.(Noble King- September 25, 2009)


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