• Survey sees landslide win for Binay in 2016


    IF presidential elections were held today, Vice President Jejomar Binay would win by a landslide.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay

    Vice President Jejomar Binay

    The latest survey of Pulse Asia showed that Binay would get 40 percent of the votes.
    Trailing the Vice President by miles was Sen. Grace Poe, who got 15 percent.

    Binay’s reported closest rival for the country’s highest position, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, ranked fifth with only 6 percent. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, who had also expressed interest to run for president, only got 4 percent.

    Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago got 10 percent, Francis Escudero, 9 percent, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., 5 percent, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., 3 percent and former senator and now Presidential Assistant for Recovery Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, 2 percent.

    Kris Aquino, who was included by Pulse Asia as among those in the “running,” got 4 percent.

    Pulse Asia polled 1,200 respondents in the survey, which was first made public on Rappler.com.

    Binay, also the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), had publicly declared his intention to run in the presidential elections in 2016.

    After he left his long-time party, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), the Vice President said he will be forming his own political party that will carry his presidential bid.

    Binay is one of the three top leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which he formed together with former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

    Pulse Asia grouped the presidential choice responses according to economic classes that included ABC for the rich and middle class, D for the lower middle class and E for the poorest.

    Binay was the first choice of respondents belonging to the ABC category with 47 percent.

    In the D category, he was the first option of 42 percent, but among the poor, he got 34 percent.

    In terms of geographical location, Binay was the choice of respondents from the National Capital Region or Metro Manila (38 percent) and the rest of Luzon (44 percent).

    He got 35 percent in the Visayas and 37 percent in Mindanao.

    Binay had consistently received high ratings in other surveys of Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations.

    Pulse Asia respondents gave Binay the highest rating of 87 percent in a survey on
    “Performance and Trust Ratings of the Top Five Philippine Government Officials and the Performance Ratings of Three Government Institutions” conducted from March 19-26, 2014.

    In the SWS survey in the fourth quarter of 2013, 75 percent of those polled said they were satisfied with the performance of the vice president.

    Malacañang was unfazed by the Pulse Asia survey, saying President Benigno Aquino 3rd is busy with governance to think of the 2016 presidential elections.

    “The Pulse Asia survey is certainly of interest to those who are observing the 2016 presidential elections,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. “But we are focused on addressing the needs of our countrymen,” he pointed out.

    “We have 792 days left in this administration to address those concerns. We are currently engaged in governance. And so, we need to make sure that all the reforms that President Aquino wants to implement and institutionalize should happen before 2016, and that’s the focus of our concern right now,” Lacierda said.

    He added that the President is yet to choose the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party.

    Lacierda earlier said the power of the President’s endorsement is “lethal” and “effective.”

    “That’s the reason why whoever the President will anoint will certainly have an advantage,” he added.

    With Catherine S. Valente


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    1. rey quijada on

      Senator Grace Poe will be the strongest rival of VP Binay because how come she placed secong when she says she is not running since she is still a neophyte senator? People want her but unluckily she does not have the organization. But if PNoy chooses her as his successor thus giving her a strong organization and resources, may panalo si Grace Poe lalo na pag napalusot niya ang FOI which will do a lot against graft and corruption.

    2. Siguro yong survey….sa Barrio Singkamas lang ginawa…kasi kapag kailangan ng boto doon kumukuha si ex-mayor now VP and to be RP Pres. Lumayo naman kayo ng survey at pumunta doon sa Forbes at Dasma..naku baka hidni kayo papasukin ng mga Jaguar doon..alam nyo yong mga burgis doon ay ayaw kay ex-mayor noong term nya..bakit kaya..tanong lang.

      Pakisanguni din si Rev. Father na nag paaral at kumupkop kay ex-mayor now VP and to be RP Pres. noong sya ay dukha pa lang. Ngayon mukha pa rin syang dukha ang dami mon ng pera mag pa retoke ka na na mukha para mukha ka ng RICH at magustuhan ka na ng mga taga Forbes at Dasma. Intiendes..que simberguenza.

    3. Diyos Ko! huwag naman po sana! lahat ng pinaghirapan ng mamamayang pinoy laban sa katiwalian ay mawawalang saysay pag si Binay ang mahalal! Diyos ko, sana po kunin nyo na si Binay at Roxas bago ang halalan para mabawasan ang mga magnanakaw at aroganteng politiko sa bansa. Si Grace Poe na lang po or si Miriam or si Henares at kahit sino basta walang bahid ng katiwaian. Amen!

    4. talagang tanga ang mga Pilipino. alam naman nilang lahat ang record ng mga taong ito e bakit popular pa rin siya. ilang tao na ba ang kanyang binabayaran para manalo siya. bakit kahit yong relief goods na ibibigay sa mga Yolanda victims ay mayroon siyang pangalan. saan kaya siya kumukuha ng pera para ibigay ng palihim sa mga tao. wala naman siyang ginawa at ginagawang mabuti para maging popular siya. ditto mo Makita ang laking katangahan ng mga pilipino

    5. Migs Doromal on

      Lacierda earlier said the power of the President’s endorsement is “lethal” and “effective.”

      Yep! Very true! Just look at where Mar Roxas is now! Haha..!!

    6. The Vice President is the best presidential candidate for now, I agree that he is a good leader, were it not for his political dynasty, and also his close affinity to the alleged plunderers, should they land in jail, most Filipinos think that he will pardon them. I find it interesting though that the voters interest is mostly for themselves rather than what is good for the whole country. I think he will easily win, if he declare before the election that he will continue to run after these corrupt government workers, and promise that he will not pardon anybody, convicted of corruption. We will wait and see.