Boking, Tarzan top survey in Mab’t

    MABALACAT – Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales ‘is still the man to beat’ in the political arena here based on a survey conducted by an information technology services. 

    Morales was picked to win the mayoralty post with 1,352 or 54 percent of the respondents followed by Filipino-Chinese trader Anthony Dee with 575 or 23 percent.  Former Mayor Moc Candelaria bagged 241 or 10 percent of the respondents; and Dr. Victor Tiglao with 192 or 8 percent; and the remaining 140 are undecided.

    The survey commissioned by the Mabalacat Business Group (MGB) on August 1 ,2 ,8 and 9 involving some 2,500 respondents was held in Mabalacat North, Dau Section and resettlements of Mawaque, Madapdap and Camachiles.

    ElectZone, an information technology services based in Central Luzon and engaged in election-related business, conducted the survey. The method used is random sampling with three percent plus and minus margin of error.

    “Boking is still the man to beat,” said real estate developer Delfin Lee, president of Globe Asiatique.

    “The business community in Mabalacat is supporting the administration of Morales because the local executive is supportive of the investors,” said Lee.

    He added that Morales focused on giving free education to poor Mabalaquenos “and this could be gleaned as the lasting legacy of Morales.”

    Dee also said that Morales has also improved the health care system in Mabalacat town with the availability of free medicines, Philhealth cards, birthing stations, and PCSO [Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office] assistance.

    “Under the Morales administration, the much needed infrastructure for the development of the town had been achieved. Among these are the SCTEX interchanges in San Rafael Mabiga, Cacutud, Dolores, Dau Exit of NLEX, widening of Mabalacat Northroad and the improvement of the four bridges along Quitangil, Dau, San Felipe, Mabiga,” he said.

    Among the Mabalacat bets for vice mayor, Pros Lagman bagged 826 or 33 percent of the respondents followed by Anthony Dee with 652 or 26 percent. Noel Castro bagged 609 or 24 percent while 413 are undecided.

    Incumbent Board Member Cris Garbo garnered 956 or 38 percent of the respondents followed by Board Member Tars Halili with 727 or 29 percent. Pogi Lazatin appeared on the third spot with 169 or 7 percent while 648 are undecided.

    In the same survey, actor-turned politician Senator Lito Lapid is favored in the gubernatorial race in the province of Pampanga.

    Lapid garnered 1,712 or 68 percent of the respondents followed by Vice Gov. Yeng Guiao with 326 or 13 percent.

    Gov. Ed Panlilio, who is reportedly eyeing the presidency, bagged 221 or 9 percent of the respondents. The remaining 241 are still undecided.

    A recent Pulse Asia survey on presidential aspirants indicated that Pampanga 1st District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin also topped the survey with 1,578 or 63 percent of the respondents followed by Gepoy Nepomuceno with 483 or 19 percent. The remaining 439 are undecided.


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