Philippines: Sans Cheating, Bayan Muna Sure to Recapture 3 Seats

Apr. 17, 2007

News Release
April 16, 2007

Sans cheating, Bayan Muna sure to recapture three seats

Bayan Muna President and Representative Satur Ocampo today expressed
confidence that the partylist group will again recapture the maximum
three seats in the House of Representatives in the May 14 elections.

“The Pulse Asia surveys since February show that Bayan Muna has kept
its lead and has not been affected by the demonization plot hatched by
Malacaang. We say that victory is now imminent especially if there
will be no massive cheating or escalation of violence to mar the
elections,” said Ocampo.

Ocampo said the “hate campaign against Bayan Muna has failed.”

“The good pre-election survey performance of progressive partylist
groups critical of President Arroyo reflects a similar trend in the
senatorial derby. The Filipino people are poised to elect as many
oppositionist legislators on May 14 and that is throwing the
administration in a state of panic,” said Ocampo. “Their panic is
showing in the mad scramble to insert fake partylist groups who have
no hope of winning except through short-circuiting of the legal
process and fraud of the election results.”

The latest Pulse Asia survey, taken from April 3 to 5, showed Bayan
Muna garnering 13.7 percent, followed by Anakpawis with 9.4 percent
and Gabriela 6 percent, which dislodged Akbayan from third place.

Bayan Muna got 11.9 percent in the last Pulse Asia poll on February 28
March 5, 2007..

Ocampo said that “the only stumbling blocks to Bayan Muna’s third
straight partylist triumph are massive cheating, violence and
harassments suits like the trumped up disqualification case filed in
the Commission on Elections which the military filed through proxies.”

Bayan Muna topped the 2001 and 2004 partylist elections.

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