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PINTIG BALEN: Duterte wins in second HAU mock polls

A second-round mock election conducted at Holy Angel University (HAU) last April 11-15 saw RODRIGO DUTERTE winning by a landslide in the presidential race and his running mate ALLAN PETER CAYETANO taking the lead among the vice presidentiables. Founded in 1933, HAU is the biggest private Catholic school in Central Luzon.


Duterte got 1,341 out of the total 1,795 votes cast by the University's graduating college students and teaching and non-teaching personnel, representing a whopping 74.70% of the votes. Miriam Defensor Santiago, who topped the first campus survey held last January, was a distant second with 241 votes (13.42%). Grace Poe placed third with 129 votes (7.18%) while Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay were the tailenders with only 39 and 36 votes, respectively (2.17% and 2%).


In the first HAU mock election held last January, Duterte placed second followed by Poe, Binay and Roxas in that order.


Among the candidates for vice president, Cayetano got 627 votes (34.96%), followed by the first survey's topnotcher, Bongbong Marcos, with 610 votes (34.02%). Third-placer Leni Robredo garnered 287 votes, followed by Chiz Escudero ( 206 votes), Antonio Trillanes ( 48 votes), and Gringo Honasan ( 15 votes).


In the senatorial race, the top 12 were: Richard Gordon (924 votes), Tito Sotto (848 votes), Ralph Recto (775 votes), Miguel Zubiri (715 votes), Leila de Lima (666 votes), Franklin Drilon (614 votes), Risa Hontiveros (610 votes), Francis Pangilinan (598 votes), Manny Pacquiao (504 votes), Joel Villanueva (464 votes), Mark Lapid (406 votes) and Panfilo Lacson (382 votes).


Gordon overtook seven senators by jumping from Rank 8 in the previous mock election to Rank 1 in the recent survey.


The HAU mock elections were conducted by the University Guidance Center during the rehearsals for the commencement exercises held this week. A total of 1,727 graduating college students were given survey forms which they filled out in the course of the rehearsals. On the other hand, 68 employees filled out the questionnaires distributed in offices during the same period.


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Holy Angel University recognizes that students, faculty, and staff may wish to participate in the political process and that such participation may, in fact, contain an educational component. However, it is the University's policy not to participate in, directly or indirectly, or to intervene in (including by means of the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.


Date Posted: 04-22-2016