FOR once, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd edged out Vice President Jejomar Binay in a survey.
However, the poll, which was commissioned by the Liberal Party, did not include Senator Grace Poe, who has yet to declare if she will run for president next year.
Rep. Edgar Erice said in the survey, Roxas got the “votes” of 53 percent of the respondents against Binay’s 37 percent.
Erice said 1,200 people were polled nationwide using the methods employed by mainstream survey firms such as the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.
“We only surveyed for the two, Secretary Roxas and Vice President Binay, because they are the only ones who already declared that they will run next year. There are 70 questions in the survey, and the result was 53 percent for Mar, 37 percent for the Vice President and 10 percent were undecided,” Erice told reporters.
The survey was done before the protests held by Iglesia Ni Cristo members.
“We did [fund]the survey to be able to come up with a campaign strategy and these results belie rumors that the President’s endorsement won’t be of any gain. Our survey covered all sectors but we can’t disclose everything at this point because making announcements would allow the survey firm to disclose the parts that would be detrimental to the party,” the lawmaker said.
“But rest assured that we will not be fooling ourselves. By the end of this month, surveys will come out from reputable firms and I will be vindicated. I am confident that the figures I told you now would approximate those which are about to be released,” he added.
However, Erice’s claim did not dampen the support of party-list groups for Poe.
Rep. Neil Montejo of An-Waray party-list said on Wednesday that Eastern Visayas will be supporting Poe and her perceived running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero.
An Waray got 540,906 votes in the 2013 polls to get two seats at the House of Representatives occupied by Montejo and Victoria Noel.
“Senator Poe is leading in surveys nationwide because she has a message—Walang maiiwan (No one will be left behind). Her message is not divisive. Rather, it resonates with those in the provinces who feel that they have been neglected while our country has benefited from economic gains the past few years,” Montejo said.
Montejo lamented that Roxas did not do much to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
“The aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda had left many Warays feeling that the national government could have done more to help them get back on their feet after the super typhoon pounded Eastern Visayas in November 2013,” he said.
Reports said that nine personalities are willing to run for the Senate under a Poe-Escudero ticket — re-electionists Vicente Sotto 3rd and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Las Piñas City Rep. Mark Villar, Valenzuela City Rep. Win Gatchalian, Taguig City Rep. Lino Cayetano, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Manila Vice Mayor Francisco Domagoso (Isko Moreno), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list.
Party-list Reps. Rodel Batocabe of Ako Bicol and Cris Paez of COOP-NATCCO earlier expressed support to Poe’s presidential bid next year.