Sen. Grace Poe’s victory at the Supreme Court will enable her to lord it over her rivals in the next presidential surveys, according to a renowned political analyst.
“There’s a big possibility her ratings will soar and enable her to take the role of frontrunner,” Institute for Political Reforms executive director Ramon Casiple told The Manila Times on Tuesday.
Casiple noted that the High Court’s decision will boost her showing in all pre-election polls, particularly those conducted by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.
Poe recently edged out Vice President Jejomar Binay in the surveys by a small margin.
Had the SC ruled to disqualify her, Casiple said Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would have reaped the benefits.
“Her disqualification case is the only issue against her that led to the decline of her ratings and assuming that the Supreme Court ruled with finality on her case, chances are she might regain her high ratings,” the analyst noted.
He said a favorable ruling of the SC will have a huge impact not only on Poe’s ratings but to her candidacy, and it would be difficult for the senator’s rivals to catch up.
Poe, according to Casiple, could easily regain what she lost and once her ratings reach the 40 percent level, she would be hard to beat in the elections.
Her camp earlier said it expects her ratings to rise by 10 percent to 15 percent if the SC ruled in her favor.
Poe’s running mate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero earlier said a favorable SC decision would definitely improve the ratings of the independent standard-bearer.
“There will definitely be an improvement the moment the case is cleared because if we will scrutinize the surveys, her numbers went down because there’s apparently a misconception that she had been disqualified already due to the decision by the Comelec,” Escudero added.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., however, said the SC decision will not be detrimental to Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.
“I think it will affect [Vice President Jejomar] Binay more because a considerable number of voters tend to gravitate between them,” Belmonte, the campaign manager of the LP-led administration coalition, added.
In a Pulse Asia survey released last week, Roxas ranked third with 21 percent.
Poe topped the poll at 26 percent, with Binay coming in second with 25 percent.
LP coalition spokesman and Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez said they will continue to campaign hard for Roxas.
“We’ve always been prepared to run against Senator Poe. We have been campaigning the past few months on the assumption that she was in the race. With 62 days left [until the]elections, it simply means we have to keep focused on the campaign and our message,” Gutierrez added.
“The Supreme Court has ruled, and we congratulate Senator Poe. We now welcome the verdict of the people come May [when the 2016 local and national elections are held],” he said.
Sen. Franklin Drilon viewed the High Court’s ruling as a signal to move on.
“I am relieved that the Supreme Court has finally made a decision, and we can proceed with the elections and choose the best leader for the next six years,” Drilon said in a separate interview.
WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI