Being outside firing line a boon for VP Binay: analyst


A political science professor believes the latest Presidential survey results which hail Vice President Jejomar Binay on top is not surprising anymore.

The latest Businessworld-Social Weather Stations survey revealed 31 percent of the 1,200 respondents chose Binay as their president.

Prospero de Vera earlier anticipated that any blow to Senator Grace Poe would be a boon to Binay, allowing him to recalibrate his anti-poverty campaign and shake off the corruption allegations thrown at him.

"Being out of the firing line has given him [Binay] renewed strength, so now he has regained the strengths that he had prior to the attacks on corruption, particularly the senate hearings," de Vera said.

De Vera, who serves as an adviser to two presidential contenders and a vice presidential candidate, noted that it appears Binay and Poe enjoy the support of voters who will not change their minds between now and May 2016.

"In the surveys the one with the strongest core support in terms of voters who will not change their minds anymore actually belongs to Grace Poe followed by Binay... It seems both Poe and Binay have a relatively stable core of support going forward," he said.

Meanwhile, numbers aside, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is not losing hope in the administration's chances in 2016 elections.

Speaking in Malolos, Bulacan, Aquino said government is bent on pursuing a continuity of the "daang matuwid" campaign.

-ANC's News Now, January 15, 2016