Flores: Your political allies are among the most vocal critics of President Gloria Arroyo. How do you assess her governance?
Tabako: (Smiles) It’s not yet time to assess, she has been in power less than one year. It’s too premature to really judge her.
Flores: Your allies criticized her for being "obsessed" with winning the 2004 presidential election. Do you share this observation?
Tabako: (Laughs) Wala akong sinabi diyan!
pero ibang iba ang sagot na ibinigay niya sa interview ng Straits Times of Singapore
DONT JUST CARE FOR YOURSELF BEFORE OTHERS... okey ang Singlish ng Straits Times ah!
Only a PLURALITY huh? Here's the Inquirer again trying to minimize Erap's landslide win in 98:
THAT the accession of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the presidency remains "divisive" is only to be expected, if by divisive we mean continuing criticism from certain sectors. No president -- not even Ramon Magsaysay, who had the largest electoral mandate in our history, and certainly not Estrada, a popular actor who won only a plurality -- can hope to govern with 100-percent support.
Joseph “Erap” Estrada won by a landslide in the 98 presidential elections over the next highest vote-getter, Jose de Venecia, 10,956,610 to 4,390,853 votes with an astonishing 6.6 million vote spread! Even if you combine JdV’s (2nd placer) total votes with another 98 presidential candidate, Raul Roco (3rd placer), with 3,772,505 votes garnered, for a total of 8,163,358 votes, Erap would still win the election!
In the 1953 presidential election, Magsaysay (2,912,992 votes) won over Quirino (1,313,991 votes).
Although, Erap did not get a majority of the votes, his win over other highly qualified and talented rivals IS IMPRESSIVE. Besides, it is very difficult to win by a majority when you have so many big name, high-quality candidates running at the same time (unlike in past elections where there were so many nuisance candidates) Erap ran against the likes of Jose De Venecia, Raul Roco, Lito Osmeña, Renato De Villa, Alfredo Lim and Miriam Santiago! Even Dubya, a very popular candidate, couldn’t win a majority in the Iowa Straw Poll (part of Rep. Primaries), where other Republican presidential wannabes participated in.
And compare this to Ramos’ “victory” over Miriam in 92 where he only got 23% of the votes… PATHETIC!
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