TEAM Rama yesterday denied planting the survey that was released last Tuesday showing Mayor Michael Rama leading over Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) in the mayoral race for the upcoming May 13 polls.
The survey, which was supposedly commissioned by the Liberal Party (LP) and conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) College of Advance Studies, was said to be released to counter the results of a survey done by the USC Political Science (Polsci) Department. USC, however, has pointed out it does not have a “College of Advanced Studies.”
The Polsci survey, whose results were released last Monday, showed that Osmeña was leading over Rama.
In his regular news conference yesterday, Rama said his group did not come up with the LP survey, adding that he doesn’t even know about it.
“Unsay kalibutan nako ana? All my documents are in my chest. Ingon ang pikas (Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan) kami nag-plant? Ang problema nila ilang trabaho sa una gipasa nila sa akoa (What do I know? The other party says we planted it? Their problem is they’re projecting their past deeds to me),” he said.
Osmeña, though, criticized Rama over the release of the supposed LP survey.
“The unauthorized and malicious use of the name of the country’s oldest education institution could be an indication of how low Mike Rama will go to project power,” he said.
In a separate interview, Team Rama campaign manager Councilor Jose Daluz III also denied that their group has a hand in the survey allegedly commissioned by the LP, adding that he also don’t know about it.
What he knows, Daluz said, is that Rama is leading in almost all barangays in their in-house surveys.
Asked if Team Rama will be releasing the results of their in-house surveys, Daluz said they may not do so.
“The real survey that matters is that on May 13,” he added.
Daluz, meanwhile, questioned the motive behind the release of the results of the USC Polsci Department’s political survey last Monday.
“Why now? Why did they not release it in November when the mayor was leading? Why only release it when Osmeña is leading?” he said.
The PolSci Department conducted two surveys, one in November last year and another one in March this year.
In the November survey, Rama was favored by the respondents, while in March, Osmeña had the lead.
Daluz said an informant told them that the Polsci students who were used as enumerators of the political survey was paid for by Rene Sanapo who is a known supporter of Osmeña.
The November survey, which covered 40 barangays in the city was worked on by a team of 20 enumerators, while the March survey covering the 80 barangays of the city was worked on by 120 enumerators.