KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Questions re: survey showing Binay’s 2016 edge PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:04

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance…” (James 1:2-3, the Holy Bible).

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QUESTIONS RE SURVEY SHOWING BINAY’S 2016 EDGE: I wish to raise some questions about the headline story of a major Manila newspaper which said , in its issue of January 21, 2015, that Vice President Jejomar Binay would be a sure, run-away, winner in the 2016 presidential elections if there will be two to four candidates vying for the presidency, according allegedly to a survey by a firm calling itself “Laylo Research Strategies” (LRS).

The first question is, where did the newspaper get its story about Binay’s supposed sure victory in four-cornered fight for the presidency? Surely, the story could not have come from Laylo itself. Why do I say this? Well, when I checked Laylo from the Internet, I found a disclaimer in its website (https://thelayloreport.wordpress.com/).

The disclaimer, which is self-explanatory, said: “The recent publication of poll results on electoral standings of national public figures were not sourced from nor provided for publication by LRS. Results recently cited were from a privately commissioned poll and we have no right to comment on the results. Those who privately commission studies from LRS own the data and publication rights over the results rest on them.”

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WHO WERE “BIG BUSINESSMEN” WHO PAID FOR BINAY SURVEY? On the other hand, an examination of the news story gives an exciting piece of information about who might have released the results favoring Binay. This story said, among others: “The survey, commissioned by concerned big businessmen, was conducted from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5, 2014, among 1,200 respondents nationwide.”

Now, who are the “concerned big businessmen” who commissioned the Laylo survey? What, if any, were they “concerned” about, to warrant their paying for a survey by Laylo? Why were their identities not mentioned in the news story? Did they hide their identities because they were afraid that, if Binay’s political foes would learn who they were, they, too, would be subjected to all kinds of harassment?

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DID BINAY HIMSELF COMMISSION SURVEY? But be that as it may, would not the survey results showing Binay enjoying a great advantage over two to four other presidential candidates command more credibility, and hence would be more believable by more people, if those who paid for such a survey were duly identified and their names disclosed?

As it is, some people are entertaining the thought (and they could not be blamed if they did so) that it was Binay himself who commissioned the survey, to produce results that would counteract other survey results, from other reputable survey firms, showing his plummeting popularity.

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CAN TEXT MESSAGES BE USED AS EVIDENCE? Is a short messaging service, or “text message” as it is popularly known among cellular phone users in the Philippines, an acceptable evidence of who sent it and of what it contains? Gil A., from Norzagaray, Bulacan, is asking these questions, after receiving threats from a cellular phone number which he knows belongs to an estranged friend.

The answer is, yes, the text message can be admitted as evidence, but they have to be corroborated and authenticated independently. For example, Gil A. must produce other evidence showing who the owner is of the cellular phone number where the threats emanated, and that this owner has a motive to send the threats to him through text messages.

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