MANILA, Philippines – Vice-president Jejomar Binay,the leading potential rivals in the presidential election in 2016, still views the decline in rating in the recently held Pulse Asia survey as a positive result.
Results of a Sept. 8-15 survey on Filipinos’ presidential preferences for 2016 showed that Binay is still the top contender for the presidency, obtaining a plurality at 31%, although down by 10 points from his rating in the same survey of June 24-July 2.
The non-commissioned survey was conducted amid ongoing Senate investigation into the reported overpriced Makati City Hall Building II, with witnesses claiming, among other things, that the bidding for the project was rigged to favor Hillmarc’s Construction Corp. and that Binay received kickbacks from various Makati City projects while serving as its local chief executive.
Binay’s party, the United Nationalist Alliance, expressed surprise over the continuous good showing of Binay in the latest Pulse Asia survey.
“Given the very challenging and rough times that the vice president faced in the past weeks, we expected a bigger decline, but the latest survey results are a surprise for us,” Rep. Tobias Tiangco, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president and spokesman, said.
However, Malacañang expects Binay’s once formidable rating to continue its downward spiral as long as he continues to dodge accusations that he and his family received kickbacks, rigged public bidding, and used dummies in hiding their true wealth.
On the other hand, Liberal Party members cheered the survey results as Roxas, the party’s presumed presidential candidate, boosted his stock by almost doubling his share to 13 percent from 7 percent making him the second top leading possible presidential candidate.
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