Poll: Binay top pick for president

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Monday, July 21, 2014

VICE President Jejomar Binay edged potential rivals for the presidency in 2016 elections in a survey conducted by independent pollster Pulse Asia.

The poll, conducted from June 24 to July 2, showed that 41 percent of 1,200 respondents would choose Binay as successor to President Benigno Aquino III if the 2016 elections were held today.

In a statement, Binay's spokesperson Joey Salgado said Monday the vice president accepted the survey results with "gratitude and humility."

"While we have two years to go before the 2016 elections, the Pulse Asia result is a vote of confidence in Vice President Binay's performance and preparedness to lead the nation," Salgado said, adding the results would further inspire the vice president to "continue to work to improve the lives of our people."

Binay is Aquino's main man in housing concerns and adviser on issues affecting the welfare of millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In second place is Senator Grace Poe with 12 percent, followed by former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada with nine percent.

Poe was being floated as possible presidential or vice presidential candidate for the ruling Liberal Party following her unexpected number one finish in last year's senatorial polls.

But Poe said on July 9 that she have not made any plans to run for higher office.

Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who was reportedly being eyed as the LP standard bearer, tied Senators Francis Escudero and Miriam Defensor for fourth to sixth places with seven percent each.

They were followed by Senators Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano, both members of the Nacionalista Party, with five percent each.

Marcos, who can run for another Senate term in 2016, has remained silent on his political plans while Cayetano had already declared his desire to become president someday.

In recent weeks, Cayetano appeared in television commercials that highlighted his home city Taguig's efficient delivery of social services like education and has been vocal against Binay and his allies, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, who are detained due to plunder and graft cases at the Sandiganbayan for alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance (PDAF).

Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., also under police custody because of the PDAF scam cases, obtained two percent, while Senate President Franklin Drilon and former senator and 2010 presidential candidate Richard Gordon got one percent each.

Meanwhile, the same survey showed that Poe was the top choice for vice president for 2016, receiving 26 percent of the respondents' votes.

Escudero came in second with 22 percent while Cayetano got the third place with 14 percent.

Pulse Asia will be doing the survey on a quarterly basis, said research director Ana Maria Tabunda in a text message.

The next survey will be held in September. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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