A survey commissioned by the Liberal Party (LP) purportedly showing its standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, on top gave Vice President Jejomar Binay a boost–and a comic relief.
“He [Roxas] made by day. Nagpapalakas-loob na lang iyon [He’s just trying to encourage himself],” Binay said.
The Vice President, who earlier declared that he is running for President under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in next year’s polls, led pre-election surveys by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia until he was overtaken by Sen. Grace Poe this year.
Roxas, who lost to Binay in the 2010 elections, is trailing behind in the surveys except in the LP-commissioned survey, which showed him getting a 53-percent rating against Binay’s 37 percent.
The remaining 10 percent of the respondents were undecided.
The LP survey was reportedly conducted nationwide with 1,200 respondents by a professional polling firm in the week following President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s endorsement of Roxas as his “anointed” one.
Caloocan City (Metro Manila) Rep. Edgar Erice, chairman of the LP political affairs committee, said the survey focused only on Roxas and Binay.
The administration party is reportedly still pursuing Poe to become Roxas’ running mate.
The internal survey, according to Erice, was meant to help the LP craft a campaign strategy for the 2016 elections.
Senate President Franklin Drilon also on Thursday defended the survey results, saying they are not out to fool themselves.
“If you’re saying that we rigged the results, it’s just like we’re fooling ourselves, we’re acting like fools,” he told reporters in Filipino.
“The LP paid for the survey. We are saying that yes, it was commissioned by the party. But it does not mean that we manipulated the results. Niloloko mo lang ang sarili mo. It’s a commissioned survey and this is what came out,” Drilon said.
Several lawmakers doubted the survey results and challenged the LP to reveal the professional pollster who conducted the survey.
“In the interest of greater transparency and full disclosure, all parties, including the LP, should name the survey firms from whom they source their data so that the public can make a more informed judgment on their claims. Otherwise, the findings should be dismissed outright as mere political spin and manipulation,” Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon also called on the administration party to be more transparent.
“The LP should disclose all details related to the survey in order to subject it to public scrutiny,” Ridon said as Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list Jose Lito Atienza said the survey was just “unbelievable.”
WITH LLANESCA PANTI