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By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) Updated February 14, 2010 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Administration presidential candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro has won over his cousin, Liberal Party (LP) bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, in mock polls at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Ateneo’s school organ, The Guidon, has bannered “Gibo triumphs in mock polls” and explained how Teodoro beat Aquino in the mock polls among Ateneans conducted by the Sanggunian and Ateneo commission on elections.
Noynoy’s father, the martyred former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., wrote in the school paper under the late Max Soliven.
In The Guidon report, Teodoro received 598 votes against Aquino’s 589 in the poll of 1,721 students out of the Ateneo’s roster of 7,758 students.
“This is consistent with mock polls conducted all over the country in various educational institutions in all economic class Gibo has consistently topped them all hands down,” Teodoro spokesman Mike Toledo said.
Toledo said the organizers of the mock polls were even surprised by the results, since they were expecting Aquino, an Atenean, to beat Teodoro.
Sanggunian secretary-general and Blue Vote overseer Kacci Morales said the results came as a surprise.
For Blue Vote co-project head and course representative Robert Lance Chua, the result was a pleasant surprise.
“Knowing Ateneans, they support Aquino because of his parents and the legacy that they brought,” he said.
Chua said he believes in Teodoro despite his association with the Arroyo administration.
“Even if I argue in my head that the winner should have been Noynoy... at the end of the day, the results would show that Gibo Teodoro won, possibly with the detail that he won by nine votes,” Morales added.
Toledo said the Ateneo poll confirmed Teodoro’s surge in college and university campuses nationwide.
Teodoro, the youngest among the frontrunners in the May polls, has been leading in some mock elections in colleges and universities.
Meanwhile, Toledo also noted the outpouring of support for Teodoro from 25,000 students of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU).
Teodoro made a surprise visit to OLFU celebration of its foundation day at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. OLFU has campuses in Quezon City, Antipolo and Valenzuela City.