DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may have surged in the latest survey but this does not mean that he is now the new leading presidential contender, an analyst said.
Professor Ramon Casiple explained that although Duterte topped the Social Weather Stations(SWS) survey, he cannot be considered as the top candidate for President because other surveys conducted by other known pollsters have shown different results.
What is clear in the survey, Casiple said, is that Poe and Duterte are pulling away from the other two serious contenders — Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance and Manuel Roxas 2nd of the ruling Liberal Party.
“So I can’t say who will likely win the elections base on the results of the surveys. What is clear is who are the two candidates who will be fighting for the top post on May 9,” he added.
The results of the latest SWS survey prompted the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero to adopt minor changes in their campaign strategy to be able to reach out to more people.
The ratings of Poe and Escudero dropped several points, relegating both of them to second place in the presidential and vice presidential surveys, respectively.
“There will be some adjustments [in our campaign]but this is not new, we have been making adjustments since the campaign period started,” Escudero said in an interview, noting that it is normal for candidates to change their campaign strategy.
He added that they take all surveys seriously and study them in order to come up with adjustments for a more effective strategy.
“In fact, from our point of view, we will always believe the raw survey that comes out so we can plan accordingly,” Escudero said.
Meanwhile, Poe’s spokesman Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rex Gatchalian said survey results will continue to guide their campaign on the next moves they will take.
“The information this survey provides will serve as various parts of the compass for our group in charting our next course,” he added.
Gatchalian said Poe, during the homestretch of the campaign period, will continue to offer solutions to the decades-old problems of poverty and unemployment.
“As more people hear and understand the essence of Gobyernong may Puso [Government with a Heart], we believe more support will consolidate behind Sen. Poe,” he added, referring to the battlecry of the Poe-Escudero tandem.