Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has debunked reports that Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has clinched the lead in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey commissioned by Malacañang.
The senator on Tuesday said he topped the survey held from April 20 to 23, getting 28 percent of the votes of the respondents.
Robredo, he added, tied with Senator Francis Escudero for second place with 23 percent.
In a news briefing, Marcos said a copy of survey results was sent to him by a Palace official who asked not to be identified “because the survey was commissioned not for publication.”
“He asked me not to mention his name. Let’s call him a Palace insider,” said the Ilocano lawmaker. “This survey is reliable because we know the methodology used.”
Marcos said his source is a personal friend.
The latest SWS survey and the previous ones show that the vice presidential race is a three-cornered fight between Marcos, Robredo and Escudero.
The SWS survey held from April 18 to 20 commissioned by BusinessWorld showed that Robredo got a rating of 26 percent, gaining seven percentage points.
She is tied with Marcos who got 25 percent.
Escudero remains in third place with 19 percent, followed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 16 percent, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, five percent and Sen. Gregorio Honasan, two percent.
The survey of 1,800 respondents nationwide has a margin of error of plus-or-minus two percentage points.
Meanwhile, some 5,000 people from Eastern Visayas gave Marcos a virtual send-off during a huge rally attended by eager Warays from as far as Samar and Biliran island.
“Thank you so much for your support. I admire your resilience because two years after the deadly Super Typhoon Yolanda I can see that you have recovered from that tragedy as if nothing had happened,” Marcos said.
Robredo, meanwhile, decried Marcos’ remark that the administration party is laying the foundation for poll cheating by making it appear that she topped the latest SWS poll.
“Ang pagtawag sa atin na mandaraya ay pambabastos sa lahat ng mga tumutulong at nagtitiwala sa atin. Ngayon na number 1 na tayo, kung anu-ano na ang binabato na ng ating mga kalaban [Calling us schemers of poll fraud is insulting those who are helping and putting their trust in us. Just because we finished at number 1, our rivals would just say anything],” she said in a statement.
“Hindi lang black propaganda ang ibabato sa atin. Sigurado ako na lahat ng pambobola at hungkag na pangako ay gagawin na rin nila sa mga susunod na araw [They won’t stop at black propaganda. I’m sure they will peddle more lies and empty promises in the coming days],” Robredo added.
WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI