ILOILO City Mayor Jose Espinosa III labeled as a “mind conditioning” tactic the recent Random Access Consultants Inc. (RACI) survey indicating that Ilonggos preferred lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas for city mayor in 2019.
The survey showed Treñas receiving 62.2 percent of the respondents while Espinosa only got 29.5 percent.
The survey was conducted from July 27-29, 2018 covering 60 barangays.
“Part lang na sang mind conditioning… Kung wala ka gina-istoryahan, himo ka sang istorya,” Espinosa said.
Espinosa and Treñas, who are brothers-in-law, are expected to square off in the 2019 mayoral race.
Espinosa said it is expected that the one who commissioned the survey will receive favorable results. But he did not categorically point to Treñas as the one who commissioned the survey.
“Bal-an ta naman na guro kag kamo may suspetsa naman kamo na. Ang meaning sang commission ang nagbayad. So either kun private company na bi nga may interes sa election or government nga interes ukon private nga ipaguwa mo nga to influence kag istoryahan,” he added.
Espinosa said that he never commissioned any survey because it is “expensive.”
The mayor said the result would not deter him from serving the Ilonggos. He said that based on his previous experience, surveys do not match the election results.
He cited as an example his vice mayoralty bid wherein he only got 4 percent compared to 46 percent of his opponent.
“Ti sang una nagdaog man ko haw. Kita ya gaserbisyo lang sa pumuluyo,” he said.
In a text message to The Daily Guardian, Rep. Treñas denied his involvement in the survey.
“Sorry but I have nothing to do with the survey. That is the survey done by RACI, a very credible and reliable survey group respected not only in Iloilo but in the whole country. I can only thank our Ilonggos for their continued trust and confidence,” Treñas said.