BUDGET Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. believes that the ranking of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd in surveys will improve.
Roxas is being eyed as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate for the 2016 elections but his survey ratings have not been encouraging.
However, Abad expressed confidence that Roxas will enjoy a boost in his numbers if he declares his candidacy and gets the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“The number one-ranked is 37 percent. In other words, those who may not vote, based on that survey, for him is about 63 percent. . . and eventually this thing will simplify into two or three candidates. So in that sense, that number, at this stage, is I think is good but will definitely be better if eventually he decides to run and the party selects him because there is always a bump upwards when candidates declare themselves available and even more so if they are endorsed by the sitting president,” Abad explained, citing the result of a survey held by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
“So there are more positive sides, upsides I should say, that he will enjoy once those declarations are made,” he added.
A Pulse Asia survey released earlier this month showed Roxas sliding to sixth place among possible presidential contenders in 2016.
Roxas, however, was among Aquino’s three most likely successors, based on the SWS survey. The other two were Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe.
Binay, the opposition’s prospective candidate, remains the top presidential pick in these surveys.
But the budget chief insisted that these survey results are “still erratic,” saying that only Binay has formally declared his intention to seek the presidency in 2016.
“There’s only one candidate who declared himself a candidate in 2016. All the others have not. I think people don’t have basis yet to make a firmer judgment as to who they should pick,” Abad said.