Chiz tops Pulse Asia VP survey
VICE President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero emerged as the most likely winners if the voting for President and Vice President were held today, according to the latest poll by Pulse Asia.
Binay, who tailed his rivals in previous surveys owing largely to the controversies that surrounded him, pulled off a surprise by getting the approval of 33 percent of respondents in the survey conducted December 4 to 11.
Binay’s political spokesman, Rico Quicho, said the results only encourage the Vice President to work harder in the campaign trail.
“We thank our people for their continued trust [in]and support to the Vice President. The recent survey results encourage the Vice President to double his effort of directly telling our people of his plans to uplift their lives and make the government relevant in solving poverty, unemployment and lingering social ills. We remain steadfast and focused on the task at hand,” he added in a statement.
Pulse Asia said the 1,800 respondents are registered voters aged 18 and above. They come from different parts of the country.
Escudero got the top position with 29 percent, just ahead of another favorite and fellow lawmaker, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who got 23 percent.
In second place for President was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 23 percent, followed by Escudero’s presidential running mate, Sen. Grace Poe with 21 percent.
Tailing the pack were Liberal Party standard-bearer, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd who garnered 17 percent and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 4 percent.
Pulse Asia said the respondents were asked: “Sa mga taong nasa listahang ito, sino ang inyong iboboto bilang Presidente ng Pilipinas kung ang eleksion ng 2016 ay gaganapin ngayon at sila ay mga kandidato (one answer only) [Of the persons on this list, who will you vote for as President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections are held today and they are candidates for the post]?”
The candidates’ names were picked from certificates of canvass submitted to the Commission on Elections last October 12 to 16, 2015.
Rizalito David, Poe’s principal “persecutor,” got “zero,” alongside Leo Cadion, Justino Padiernos, Camilo Sabio, Roy Señeres, Augusto Syjuco Jr. and Juanita Trocenio.
When told about his dismal showing in the Pulse Asia survey, Roxas issued a statement indicating that he has not lost faith in the electorate.
“Tulad ng parati kong sinasabi, ang pinakaimportante ay ang survey sa Mayo, sa botohan mismo. Nakita natin na magulo pa ito: Noong isang buwan, si Grace ang una. Noong isang linggo, si Duterte. Ngayon naman, si Binay. Baka sa susunod, tayo na [Like what I always say, what is most important is the voting in May 2016. It is still chaotic at present: Last month, it was Grace as No. 1. Last week, it was Duterte. Now it is Binay. In the next survey, it could be me as the topnotcher],” he said.
What is important, Roxas added, is that he has a clean record and clear platform.
In the vice presidential race, Escudero and Marcos were followed by fellow senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 18 percent and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, Roxas’ running mate, 14 percent.
Meanwhile, Binay’s running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, got 9 percent followed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th with 4 percent.
Other candidates included in the list were Albert Alba, 0.3 percent; Vicente Camilon Jr., 0.2 percent; Daniel Aldea, 0.1 percent; Ted Malangen, .04 percent; and Jesus Zosimo Paredes, 0 percent.
Pulse Asia reported that only 1 percent of Filipino registered voters were either not inclined to support any of the presidential candidates included in the survey or still do not know whom they will vote for as President in May 2016.
Less than 1 percent, meanwhile, refused to identify their preferred presidential bet.