Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo soared past her experienced running mate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released a few hours after she met with Sara Duterte, daughter of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Robredo, the last to join the 2016 race for the country’s No. 2 post in next year’s elections, scored 19 percent—tied with second placer Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Senator Francis Escudero maintained his sizeable lead over his rivals with 30 percent rating but that mark was his same share a month ago.
A month ago, Robredo was at lowly fourth at 12 percent, meaning she went up by seven percentage points in a month.
She was the lone gainer among her rivals since Marcos dropped from 24 percent to 19, while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano went down from 21 percent to 17 percent.
Robredo credited her rise to exhaustive legwork and her volunteer group.
“This just proves that the visits we conducted to introduce myself to more people and have them become aware of my competencies in being a public servant have borne fruit,” she said.
“This result is an early Christmas gift, not only for myself, but also for my family, supporters and volunteers who have been relentless in helping me in this fight. This rise [in the SWS survey]would not happen if not for them,” Robredo, a congresswoman from Camarines Sur, added.
On Monday, Robredo stopped by Davao to meet with various civil society organizations, as well as groups of fishermen, farmers, indigenous peoples and Duterte’s daughter Sara, who served as Davao City mayor from 2010 to 2013.
“Pinuntahan tayo ni Mayor Sara para sa isang maikling kumustahan dahil magkaibigan kami. Walang pulitika at personal na buhay lamang ang napag-usapan at napagkuwentuhan [Mayor Sara came to me for a short chit-chat because we are friends.
There was no talk of politics and we just talked about our personal lives],” she said.
During her Davao stop, Robredo cited the importance of people participation and people empowerment in governance, pointing to the success of the Naga City People’s Council established by her late husband Jesse Robredo during his term as city mayor.
But despite her vastly improved survey standing, the congresswoman is not letting her guard down just yet.
“We still have a lot to catch up on, and so I will work doubly hard to reach more people, especially in the countryside, and inform them of [my]plans and programs,” she said.