Binay overtakes Loren in vice presidential poll

Binay overtakes Loren in vice presidential poll
By Helen Flores
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) vice presidential bet Jejomar Binay has overtaken Nacionalista Party (NP) bet Sen. Loren Legarda in the vice presidential race, according to the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Binay received a rating of 25 percent, up four points from the previous survey, while Legarda was down by one point at 24 percent.

The Liberal Party (LP)’s Sen. Mar Roxas remained the top vice presidential candidate of a plurality of Filipinos, according to the

survey conducted from April 16 to 19.

He garnered 39 percent, down from 40 percent last month.

According to the SWS, this is the first time that Roxas’ score fell below 40 percent.

SWS said the scores for the five remaining vice-presidential candidates barely changed.

Former Metro Manila Development Authority chief Bayani Fernando’s rating stayed at three percent; Lakas-Kampi-CMD bet Edu Manzano lost a point to two percent; Bangon Pilipinas’ Perfecto Yasay was steady at one percent; Ang Kapatiran’s Dominador Chipeco Jr. declined from 0.4 percent to 0.3 percent; and Kilusang Bagong Lipunan’s Jay Sonza rose from 0.3 percent to 0.4 percent.

Five percent of respondents voted for others or were undecided, the SWS said.

PDP-Laban president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday said while the ratings of LP standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III are rising again, Roxas’ ratings continue to fall.

Pimentel said this is the fourth time that Binay’s SWS ratings have increased, from 10 percent in December to 25 percent in April.

He said Roxas’ lead over Binay has dropped from 33 percentage points in January to 14 points in April.

The latest SWS survey was conducted one week before it was reported that Sen. Francis Escudero had produced a television advertisement endorsing Binay for vice president.

Escudero’s ad started airing yesterday.

Pimentel said Roxas’ ratings soared in the surveys when he aborted his presidential plans to give way to Aquino.

But the ratings of LP’s vice presidential bet started falling, he said, when Binay challenged him to explain why he joined Sen. Ralph Recto in pushing for the passage of the controversial Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT) law in the Senate in 2004.

“When Roxas said there is nothing wrong with EVAT, the people started to reconsider their preference for him. How can anyone who claims to be for the upliftment of the poor justify an oppressive tax measure?” Pimentel said.

Pimentel added that of all the vice presidential bets, “Binay is the only candidate whose rating has never gone down in any election survey.”

As in the last two surveys, the respondents were asked to fill out ballots, the SWS said.

The SWS survey polled 2,400 registered voters, divided into random samples of 300 for Metro Manila, 900 in the balance of Luzon, and 600 each in the Visayas and Mindanao.

It has error margins of plus or minus two percentage points for national percentages, plus or minus six percentage points for Metro Manila, plus or minus three percentage points for the rest of Luzon, and plus or minus four percentage points for the Visayas and Mindanao. – With Jose Rodel Clapano

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