The support of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) leaders namely Vice President Jejomar Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, to the Senate bid of their respective scions is keeping opposition bets in winners’ circle in poll surveys.
Team PNoy campaign manager and Sen. Franklin Drilon made the statement on the same day that he announced that Team PNoy is in favor of the Commission on Elections Resolution requiring survey firms such as Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia to disclose its subscribers.
Of the nine Senate bets of UNA, only three of them made the Magic 12 in recent SWS survey namely: Nancy Binay (Binay’s daughter), Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito of San Juan (Estrada’s son) and Rep. Juan Castaner Enrile of Cagayan (Enrile’s son).
“Certainly, the support of their parents is a big factor. I would not be surprised if the three kings are campaigning for their children. It is human nature, I don’t blame them for that,” Drilon said in a press conference.
Drilon, however, clarified that Team PNoy would not concede the three Senate seats to the UNA bets who are scions of UNA leaders just like that.
“Hindi naman sila anak ng Diyos [They are not scions of God]. We will continue to work [for the remaining seats]. The situation is fluid,” Drilon added.
As this developed, Drilon noted that Team PNoy supports the full disclosure of survey subscribers because it would make the survey firms’ endeavor more reputable.
“You can’t hide the subscribers because these survey firms have more to lose if they allow themselves to be manipulated. We have to remember that survey firms do not exist only for elections. They also have clients from private corporations who are into commercial products, so they would have so much to lose if they tarnish their reputation come election time,” Drilon, a lawyer, argued.
Drilon said that he is confident of the accuracy of survey results and that Team PNoy is not a subscriber of the SWS or Pulse Asia survey.
“We should look at the message of the survey, instead of shooting the messenger. We have to look at their fieldwork. I have full confidence in these surveys, and it has been helpful to us. For the sake of transparency, the subscribers should be disclosed,” Drilon said.