Survey reveals who Filipinos would elect as 2016 Philippine president
A top official battling with allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth, a first-time lawmaker, and a feisty Senator.
These three emerged as the top personalities in the latest Pulse Asia survey in Manila, where respondents were asked “who would you vote for if the 2016 presidential elections were held today?”
Vice-President Jejomar Binay shed five points but is still in the first spot. Senator Grace Poe, daughter of the late actor and former presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr., gained eight points, surging to number two, followed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, previously in the second spot, slid to sixth place.
Despite her popularity in the surveys, Poe insists she has no plans for running for higher office.
“Taos puso akong nagpapasalamat ngunit, ang 2016 ay napakalayo pa,” said Sen. Poe.
Bay Area political activist Gloria Navarette says she’s on the fence about these presidential contenders.
“Perhaps God will bless us with somebody who is a good leader,” said Naverette. “And at the same time I’m pessimistic. … The culture of Filipinos has submerged under the tutelage of corruption.”
Ted Laguatan, legal counsel of US Pinoys for Good Governance, says while there is cynicism among Fil-Am overseas absentee voters, they have the power to influence the results of the 2016 polls.
“That’s a common sentiment,” said Laguatan. “Magnanakaw lahat iyan, mabuti nandito na tayo sa Amerika or sa Europe. But we are involved as long as we are Filipinos. We need to be involved.”