VP Binay: Come-from-behind victory possible

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

LA UNION - Presidential aspirant Jejomar Binay does not seem bothered by his latest survey standings in the last Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey.

Binay noted reception to him at his sorties in La Union, Leyte, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zamboanga has been warm.

Asked about his latest survey rating, which showed him losing voter support from 29% to 24%, Binay said: "Di malaman kung 29 or 27 [percent]. OK lang yun basta't ako eh natutuwa sa reality kasi kasama ko kayo, yung nakikita ko yun ang reality."

The latest survey showed Poe leading the race with 27%, followed by Binay (24%), Mar Roxas (22%), Rodrigo Duterte (21%), and Miriam Defensor Santiago (4%).

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In the interview, the vice president said he may have a come-from-behind victory in the 2016 polls, the same way he won the vice-presidency in 2010.

"Baka nanunumbalik yung 2010 na kampanya. Ang layo ng deperensiya noon sa survey dun sa reality. Ganun uli yun. Mas lalo pang reality eto," he said.

Binay was a far third in the 2010 vice-presidential race but managed to catch up with Loren Legarda and the favorite, Mar Roxas, in the 90-day campaign, eventually winning over Roxas by around 2-percentage points.

He also sees no need to make adjustments in his campaign. "Natural na natural. Sa simula't simula, wala nang i-adjust doon. "

When asked if he believes in surveys, Binay said: "For whatever it may be for, yung survey para bang wake-up call sa akin."

SOLID CORE

Meanwhile, Binay spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho said the survey results only show that the vice-president has a solid core of supporters.

"Solid na solid po ang core support...Kahit ano mangyari, umulan umaraw, manalo man yung Ginebra o matalo eh, talagang kay VP Binay sila. Ganun ka solido ang suporta hanggang ngayon. Malakas po iyan at kami po naniniwala ang totoong survey yung nararamdaman po natin sa pag-iikot natin, gaano kainit summer mas mainit pa po ang pagsalubong sa atin ng ating mga kababayan," he said.

"Yun ang nagbibigay inspirasyon kay VP Binay na magpursige, umikot at kausapin pa ang ating mga kababayan sa iba't ibang mga lalawigan," he added.

The spokesman also said the survey results may not be reflective of the results of the first presidential debate. "The results of the survey have no relation to the debate so it's purely speculative to say that the results of the survey is based on the debate," he said.

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PREPPING FOR DEBATE

Binay said he intends to stick to the intent of the law when he participates in the next presidential debate.

"Basta yung Sunday na yun misnomer naman yung debate. Di naman debate yun. Yun is actually pursuant to one of the obligations of Comelec is to help educate the voters by knowing the platforms and programs of the candidates. Yun ang principal reason for that activity," he said.

Quicho also urged the Commission on Elections to stick to the election schedule amid talk of a postponement of the elections because of the effect of the Supreme Court order to enable the printing of receipts by vote-counting machines.

"Mandato po ng Comelec na pangalagaan ang darating na halalan. Kinakailangan na po na lahat ng maari po nila gawin para masiguro na ang halalan magiging marangal, patas, maayos ay kinakailangan po nila gawin. Tila ho dapat eh handa sila sa ganitong maaring mangyari. Tingnan natin sa mga susunod na araw kung ano po talaga ang kalalabasan," he said.

"Dapat po matuloy sapagkat unang-una, ito po nakasaad sa Saligang Batas. Pangalawa, ito po hinihintay ng kababayan upang ma-exercise naman po nila yung karapatang bumoto. Mahaba pa po ang panahon para gawin ang tama at masiguro po magiging maayos at malinis yung susunod na halalan."

Quicho further called on the Comelec to make sure there will be no cheating in the May 9 polls.