MANILA, Philippines – Is Vice President Jejomar Binay’s most rabid critic now a believer of his political strategy?
Senator Nancy Binay welcomed statements of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV citing Binay’s come-from-behind victory in the 2010 elections as inspiration to pursue his vice presidential bid despite his low survey numbers.
“Eh kung makakatulong sa pagtakbo niya ang nangyari sa ating Vice President noong 2010, sana may matutunan siyang leksyon sa experience,” said Binay’s eldest daughter on Tuesday, December 15. (If what happened with our Vice President in 2010 can help his candidacy, I hope he learns a lesson from the experience.)
In a September Pulse Asia survey, Senator Francis Escudero led with 43%, followed by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr with 19%, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 16%, Trillanes with 9%, and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo with 7%.
A November Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that a businessman commissioned had Trillanes ranking 6th with 5%.
Binay’s own battle
Binay himself, a former survey frontrunner, has seen his support base eroding. In June, neophyte Senator Grace Poe overtook him in the survey. In the latest survey, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leads in a poll his supporter commissioned.
The Binay camp admitted that the corruption allegations against the Vice President, and a yearlong Senate inquiry brought down his numbers. The elder Binay is accused of receiving kickbacks and amassing wealth from supposedly overpriced Makati projects.
Still, Senator Binay said her father is banking on his 2010 experience where he started at the tail-end of polls only to emerge as the dark horse in the campaign homestretch.
“Actually kasi pagdating sa survey na coming from the 2010 experience na diba nagsimula siya at 2%. Sa amin kasi ang survey is more of a tool kung anong strategy ang gagawin mo for the campaign. Sa amin hindi iyan ang basehan kung sino ang mananalo pagdating ng May 9, 2016,” she said.
(Actually, when it comes to surveys, we come from the 2010 experience where the Vice President started at 2%. To us, a survey is a tool to determine your campaign strategy. It is not a basis for saying who will win on May 9, 2016.)
Another survey is expected in December before the start of the official campaign period in February.
Also running for president are administration standard-bearer and former interior secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Trillanes a believer in ‘ground war’
Trillanes, who led the Senate hearings against the Vice President, surprised observers last week for crediting Binay’s campaign strategy. He is a member of the Nacionalista Party but supports Poe’s candidacy.
Taking a page from Binay’s campaign style, the former Navy officer is optimistic he can boost his survey numbers by relying on grassroots supporters and ground operations.
“Noong 2010, si VP Binay, noong mga panahon ngayon ganito rin ang mga tanong na binibigay sa kanya. But in the end, nanalo siya. 40% ang lamang ni Secretary Mar sa kanya. Ang neck-and-neck si Secretary Mar and Senator Loren [Legarda] but in the end, neither of them won so mahaba pa ang kampanya,” Trillanes told reporters.
(In 2010, VP Binay at this time was also asked questions like the ones you are posing to me now. But in the end, he won. Secretary Mar had a lead of 40% over him. The ones in a neck-and-neck race were Secretary Mar and Senator Loren but in the end, neither of them won, so there’s still a long way to go.)
A former coup plotter, Trillanes is tapping his Magdalo network of soldiers and mutineers in the hopes of replicating his surprise 2007 victory. Back then, he staged a political coup by winning even while in detention for rebelling against the Arroyo administration. – Rappler.com