Sen. Noynoy Aquino topped the simulated voting exercise held at First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) in Tanauan City , Batangas. 657 FAITH college students, 18 years old and above, participated in the exercise. Aquino garnered 354 votes, which is about 54% of the total number of votes. Sen. Chiz Escudero ranked second with 183 votes while Sen. Manny Villar ranked third with 47 votes. The exercise was conducted by the FAITH BA Communication Society (FABCOMMS) in partnership with YouthVote Philippines . YouthVote’s main objective for the exercise is to determine how long it would take a voter to fill out the election ballot during the country’s first automated elections in May 2010. FAITH will be conducting another voting exercise early next year as part of its study on the candidate preferences of college students. “Our Communication students will be studying the results of the exercise and changes in the candidate preferences of students if any. They will be tracking whether certain events or issues will affect voters’ preferences. They will also try to get opinions of the students on the campaign tactics that will be employed by the candidates,” said Prof. Carlo Venson Peña, FAITH BA Communication program coordinator.
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
OCTOBER 12, 2009 ISSUE