MANILA -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas refused to pay attention to a Pulse Asia survey which ranked him fifth on a list of "preferred presidential" candidates for the 2016 elections.
In the survey, conducted last March 19 to 26 among 1,200 respondents all over the country, Roxas garnered only 6 percent of the votes.
This was far from the 40 percent received by Vice President Jejomar Binay, who topped the poll.
Roxas, however, ignored the survey and said his only focus right now is his job.
"Nakatutok naman tayo sa ating trabaho at hindi ko naman pinapansin at binibigyang pansin itong mga bagay na ito," he said.
"Nakatutok tayo dito tulad ng nakita natin dito sa e-subpoena, kung saan nakita natin na naging mabilis ang pagasasagawa ng hustisya sa ating bansa," he added.
The DILG secretary was referring to the launching of an e-subpoena (electronic subpoena) system, which aims to improve trial procedures and secure higher conviction rates in criminal cases by expediting the transmittal of subpoenas from the court to police officers.
In the Pulse Asia survey, a copy of which was obtained by ABS-CBN News, the respondents were shown a prepared list of names and asked: "Of the people in this list, whom would you vote for if the 2016 presidential elections were held today and they were candidates?"
Neophyte Senator Grace Poe came in second after Binay, followed by Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Francis Escudero.
Binay has long declared his plan to run for president in 2016, while Roxas is eyed to be the Liberal Party's standard bearer.
Roxas lost to Binay in a close race for the vice presidency in 2010. -- Reports from Jeff Canoy and Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News