By John Nery
The results of the April 13-15 Social Weather Stations survey are in, and for the first time two nonreelectionist candidates for the Senate have broken into the Top 4. The number of survey respondents who said they would vote for Nancy Binay and Cynthia Villar rose from 47 percent in March to 49 percent in April, enough for them to tie for joint 3rd-4th place.
Many times, I have found Ramon Tulfo’s articles in this otherwise credible newspaper to contain baseless, unbelievable, one-sided and generally worthless opinions, but his series on the private lives of Sen. Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista takes the cake (Inquirer, 3/28/13).
By Mahar Mangahas
This week (2/18/2013), Social Weather Stations reported that adult joblessness was 24.6 percent in its survey for the fourth quarter, done on Dec. 8-11, 2012. It was the lowest joblessness rate of 2012, having been 29.4 percent in August, 26.6 percent in May, and 34.4 percent in March.
By Cielito F. Habito
One million less Filipino families experienced hunger in the fourth quarter compared to the third, Social Weather Stations reported recently. Hunger incidence dropped to 16.3 percent of our families, a steep decline of almost 5 percentage points from 21 percent, SWS reported in August.
By Conrado de Quiros
A couple of interesting things took place before the resumption of the impeachment trial this week.