Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate Jejomar Binay gained seven points on Sen. Mar Roxas in the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey from March 19-22.
This is the second time Binay has cut the lead of Roxas since January, when he gained five points on the Liberal Party candidate.
“The survey result is an encouragement. I believe the voters would like to see real change in the way government works and are scrutinizing the track record of each candidate,” Binay said.
“Our people see the need for a new government that is anchored on genuine concern for the poor. They are also looking for leaders who show their concern not through campaign promises but their actions,” Binay said.
For his part, Lito Anzures, Binay’s spokesman, said the Makati mayor has gained support for his consistent opposition to the Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT).
“It’s the EVAT issue. More and more people are becoming aware that Sen. Roxas pushed for the passage of this Gloria Arroyo tax measure in the Senate. And Mayor Binay has been opposed to it from the start,” he said.
The EVAT law has been so unpopular that its principal sponsor, ex-Sen. Ralph Recto, was defeated when he ran for reelection in 2007, he added.
For his part, Roxas has said that there is nothing wrong with EVAT.
Binay also gained seven points on Nacionalista Party bet Loren Legarda, cutting her lead by 66 per cent – from 11 points in January to only 4 points.
Based on the latest SWS-Business World survey, Roxas remained at first place with 42 percent, Legarda with 25 percent, and Binay jumping to 21 percent from 17 percent last month.
Binay’s camp noted that both Roxas and Legarda slipped by 3 percentage points each while Binay gained a four percent, narrowing down Legarda’s advantage to four percent and Roxas to 11 percent.
“Although we are elated by the results of the survey, we believe that it only partially captures Mayor Binay’s ongoing rally in the race,” Anzures said.
“We are confident that as we round the homestretch of the campaign, Mayor Binay will further pick up speed, cheered on by more people who see in him the traits they want in their vice president,” he added.
The survey serves as inspiration for the Binay campaign to work harder.
Anzures said that Binay’s major gain can be attributed to his advocacy to undo the damage that EVAT has caused on the people, a pain that Sen. Roxas is responsible for, having voted in favor of the measure.#
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