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Grace-Chiz camp braces for attacks

Senators Grace Poe and  Francis “Chiz” Escudero should brace for more attacks as they continue to lead in surveys despite the headstart  enjoyed by rival candidates, especially since polls show  her  leading Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas by double digits in a three-way contest.  

On the heels of the latest Pulse Asia Survey that shows Poe maintaining her lead in the presidential preference poll and Escudero surging in the vice presidential survey, Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao   on Sunday   said that the rival camp would have no choice but to step up attacks on the tandem “given that all their campaigning and all their ads have won them little support from the public.”

‘‘The numbers of Grace and Chiz are impressive especially when you consider that neither had declared their intention to run when the survey was conducted,” said  Aggabao, one of the first congressmen from the Nationalist People’s Coalition   to declare support for Poe and her vice presidential running mate Escudero.  

The survey, conducted from   Aug. 27   to Sept. 3, shows Poe leading the presidential race with 27 percent, followed by Binay at 21 percent, Roxas third at 18 percent, and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte fourth at 15 percent.

According to Aggabao, Poe’s steady numbers reflect “a solid support base that has not been eroded by the merciless and baseless smear campaign centered around the flimsy citizenship issues thrown against her.”

“With a margin of error of 3 percent, her numbers are practically the same as the last survey conducted in June,” noted the solon from Isabela.  

Aggabao added that according to a source with access to the survey results, Poe’s lead was even larger in a three-way race.

“In a three-way contest between Senator Grace, Vice President Binay and Secretary Roxas, she enjoys a double-digit lead over both, with Senator Grace polling at 39 percent, Vice President at 29 percent, and Secretary Roxas at 22 percent.”

The legislator also expressed admiration for the ten-point increase of Escudero, “the survey’s biggest gainer.”

“Chiz climbed ten points without running ads and by sticking to legitimate issues―not by resorting to the negative campaigning of his competition’s rabid supporters,” added the congressman from Isabela.

In the vice presidential survey, Poe and Escudero were the only candidates polling at double digits, with Poe at 26 percent and Escudero at 25 percent. They are followed by Sen. Bongbong Marcos with 7 percent; Sen. Alan Cayetano with 7 percent, and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo with 2 percent.  

 “By addressing issues and not attacking personalities, the Grace-Chiz tandem represent the kind of leadership that appeals to a public that is tired of mud-slinging and gossip-mongering―dirty tactics that will be used more frequently against them as election day nears,” explained Aggabao. 

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