Binay losing faith in pre-election surveys
ISABELA, Philippines – Ranked fourth in surveys among 5 presidential candidates days before the May 9 elections, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he no longer pays attention to pre-election polls as he is losing faith in their credibility.
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer made the statement at the sidelines of a campaign sortie in this province on Wednesday, May 4, when asked about the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated.
“Di na ako nagtitingin sa mga survey-survey. Kasi lalo lang lumalaki ang hindi ko pagtitiwala at maniwala sa survey-survey (I'm no longer looking at those surveys because they only deepen my distrust and disbelief in those surveys),” Binay said in a chance interview with reporters in Cauayan City.
The latest ABS-CBN survey held from April 26-29 showed the early front-runner dropping to 4th place with a voter preference rating of 17% – very far from his 40% rating in a non-commissioned Pulse Asia survey in April 2014.
This was before the yearlong Senate probe into corruption allegations against him when he was Makati mayor, and the official entry of Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the presidential race.
Based on the ABS-CBN survey, Duterte is leading the pack, followed by administration standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, and Poe.
Warm reception vs survey results
The Vice President said the warm welcome he received across the country belied the survey results.
He noted that even the people from his rival's bailiwicks have warmly welcomed him, referring to his sortie in Panay island, a Roxas stronghold.
"Kahapon andun ako sa teritoryo ni Mr (Roxas)....Teritoryo niya 'yun, nagpunta ako sa Capiz. Napakainit ng pagtanggap sa amin ni 'senator' (Manny) Pacquiao. Nagpunta kami sa Antique, nagpunta kami sa Aklan. Same. Yung Aklan nagkaisa na ang mga opposition doon," Binay said.
(Yesterday, we went to Roxas' territory. I went to Capiz. I was with 'senator' Pacquiao and were warmly welcomed. We also went to Antique and Aklan. Same. In Aklan, the opposition leaders there have united behind me.)
Solid North for Roxas?
Binay also laughed off the claim of the Roxas camp that the Liberal Party candidate will get the "Solid North" votes, as Roxas is not even from the North.
The Solid North vote refers to the consolidated 6 million votes from Northern Luzon composed of Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera and Ilocos regions.
"Taga saan ba 'yun? Taga saan? Taga-North ba yun? Ako, northern Luzon ako. Saka nanggaling kami ni 'senator' Pacquiao doon, sobrang init ng pagkakatanggap sa amin. Sa Ilocos Norte ha? Uulitin ko lang ha? Nung 2010 sa lahat ng bayan nanalo ako doon hindi pa ako halos nakapagkampanya," Binay said.
(Where is he from? Is he from the North? I'm from Northern Luzon. I was just there with "senator" Pacquiao, and we were warm welcomed there....Let me just repeat that in 2010, I won in every Ilocos Norte town even if I hardly campaigned.)
It was Binay's second visit to his home province since the start of the campaign. His mother hails from Cabagan town.
In his speech, he promised his supporters that the next President will be an Ibanag.
Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III and Vice Governor Tonypet Albano welcomed Binay at the Cauayan airport.
Dy is backing Roxas but Binay said he and the governor remained friends.
“Basta’t kami ay magkaibigan. Hindi ang pulitika ang sisira sa pagkakaibigan namin ni Gov Dy. Saka tingnan na lang natin sa bandang huli kung ano ang resulta dito sa Isabela,” he said.
(We are friends. Politics will not destroy my friendship with Gov Dy. Let us just wait for the results of elections here in Isabela.) – Rappler.com
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