MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay is viewing the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey, which showed 40% of Filipinos choosing him as their presidential candidate in 2016, with both thankfulness and a certain amount of caution.
Binay's spokesman Joey Salgado said the Vice-President views performance and experience as the best measures for leadership.
He said the Vice-President is thankful that many Filipinos acknowledge his readiness to become President.
However, he also warned that many will use the survey to increase the smear campaign against Binay.
"Alam namin na may balak ang ilang grupo na patindihin ang paninira kay Vice President at sa kanyang pamilya. Maaaring ang resulta ng survey na ito ang maging hudyat ng kanilang demolition job kay Vice President Binay," he said.
The Pulse Asia survey, conducted last March 19 to 26, 2014 among 1,200 respondents all over the country, showed Binay leading a group of veteran and neophyte politicians as the "preferred presidential" candidate for 2016.
At least 40% of respondents said they would vote for Binay in the next presidential election.
Neophyte senator Grace Poe was a surprise, though a far second with 15 percent.
A former chairperson of the MTRCB, Poe topped the 2013 senatorial elections - her first try at an elective post.
Other personalities included in the survey are:
Miriam Defensor-Santiago 10%
Chiz Escudero 9%
Mar Roxas 6%
Bongbong Marcos 5%
Alan Peter Cayetano 4%
Kris Aquino 4%
Bong Revilla 3%
Ping Lacson 2%
Binay won the vice-presidential race in 2010 after serving as mayor of Makati for many years. His daughter, Nancy Binay, recently won as senator in the 2013 elections.