The “marginal” five percent drop in Vice President Jejomar Binay Jr.’s rating is still welcome news to the Binay camp as it proved his detractors wrong and showed that the people are aware of these critics’ “political posturing.”
According to Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th had “bragged” that in the latest survey, the Vice President’s rating would drop by as much as ten percent.
“The five percent decline is marginal, according to Pulse Asia. This is welcome news because the survey was taken at a time when the VP’s detractors were aggressively throwing mud at him in the Senate and in media,” Salgado said.
“If you recall, Trillanes bragged that in this survey the VP’s numbers will drop by ten points or more. That did not happen. For us it means that the people have seen through the motives of the senators who style themselves as ‘presidentiables’,” he pointed out.
The latest Pulse Asia nationwide survey showed Binay losing an additional five percentage points in the presidential race—from 31 percent in September to 26 percent last month.
The survey had 1,200 respondents with a ±3 margin of error. It was conducted from November 14 to 20 and listed 14 names for respondents to choose from.
The same survey showed Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares jumping to second place from ten percent to 18 percent.
Significantly, Poe is in a tie with Binay among the ABC classes, and is within striking distance in Luzon. Based on the numbers of the other potential presidential candidates, it appeared that Poe is the biggest beneficiary of Binay’s decline in numbers.
Meanwhile, Liberal Party stalwart and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd suffered the heftiest loss, dropping 13 percent to only six percent. He was second to Binay in the previous survey but he slid to sixth place in November.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago gained 1 percentage point from the previous survey, but this is hardly significant considering the ±3 percent margin of error. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada retained his ten percent, indicating that the former president who was convicted for plunder has a loyal following.
Salgado said Binay’s continued lead over other potential candidates was the people’s way of saying that the attacks against Binay are heading nowhere.
“The people have seen the absence of substance behind the posturing and drama. The people are also telling the senators to stop the mudslinging and attend to the more pressing needs of the country,” he added.
“The survey also shows that the public continues to appreciate the VP’s record of effective and compassionate leadership [that]he started as mayor of Makati [City in Metro Manila]. He is grateful for the people’s trust and support,” Salgado said.
In a separate statement, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president Tobias Tiangco said Binay will continue to concentrate on his work.
“No matter what the numbers are, the Vice President will just be focused on his commitment to uplift the lives of each and every Filipino,” Tiangco added.
“He will put his best effort in providing homes for the homeless and those living in danger zones, on taking care of the welfare of the OFWs [overseas Filipino workers]and on providing the basic social services, especially free health care and hospitalization to those in need,” he said.
Tiangco congratulated Poe onher good showing in the surveys.
“Congratulations and we are truly happy for Grace, because we are the true allies and supporters of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr. The VP was still Makati mayor when he was put in charge of the overall campaign management for FPJ’s 2004 presidential campaign,” he said.
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