Vice President Jejomar Binay is thankful for the public’s “unbending support” as he topped the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) 2016 Election Survey, his spokesman said on Monday.
The Vice President led the RMN survey for President, garnering 26.16 percent of the total votes.
Senator Grace Poe ranked second with 24.84 percent while Manuel Roxas 2nd, the administration’s standard-bearer, was third with 18.14 percent.
The survey was conducted from August 11 to 18, with the results being published in several newspapers on Monday.
“The Vice President is fighting an uphill battle against those who are bent on continuing a regime of social inequality. He is grateful for the people’s unbending support,” Joey Salgado, head of the Office of the Vice President’s media affairs, said in a statement.
Despite the “barrage of lies and political attacks” against Binay, Salgado added, the Vice President remains to be the people’s choice as leader for next year’s polls.
Binay also intends to continue direct talks with the people.
“Iisa lang ang mensahe ni Vice President Binay sa taumbayan: Panahon na para sa tunay na pagbabago at pagginhawa ng buhay. Ito ang sinimulan n’ya sa Makati at sa suporta ng bayan, ipatutupad n’ya ito sa buong bansa [Vice President Binay has a single message: It is time for change and for prosperity. This is what he started in Makati City and with the public behind him, the same will be implemented in the whole country],” Salgado said.
“Ang tunay na kalaban ay ang gutom, kahirapan at kawalan ng trabaho sa ilalim ng isang administrasyong pabor lamang sa iilan [We are fighting against hunger, poverty and unemployment under an administration favoring only a few],” he added.
In the RMN survey, the Vice President outshone Poe and Roxas in North Luzon.
Poe led in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) and South Luzon while Roxas topped the Visayas.
Binay and Poe were in tight competition in Central Luzon, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal (Calabar) and Mindanao.
The survey, which has a +/- 2.5 percent margin of error, was conducted on August 11 to 18 with 4,718 randomly selected radio listeners and registered voters nationwide.
RMN Research Department interviewed participants from 17 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila, the Calabar provinces, six provinces in Central Luzon, 13 areas in North and South Luzon, 20 areas in Visayas and 13 areas in Mindanao.