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‘SWS survey will make Binay work even harder’

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations survey on the presidential race in which Binay was statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe.

“This will inspire the vice president and his core supporters to work harder and not to be overconfident,” Binay spokesman Rico Quicho said.

“The vice president is grateful to the people who continue to support and trust him.”

But Quicho slammed President Benigno Aquino III for saying Binay did nothing as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

“With all due respect, the President may have forgotten that not long ago, he himself credited VP Binay for his achievements in the housing sector,” Quicho said.

He said that, only last year, several newspapers had quoted the President as saying that Binay had done his duties as housing czar.

“After doing his assignments, should I be castigating him? I don’t think that’s proper,” Aquino had said.

Quicho said that, under Binay’s term as housing czar, the shelter agencies provided house and lot packages to 792,014 families worth P268.826 billion.

A Sept. 2-5 survey among 1,200 respondents conducted by SWS, which was first published by BusinessWorld, revealed that Binay was picked by 24 percent of the respondents while Poe was picked by 26 percent, while former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II was chosen by 20 percent.

The survey had sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages and found that 96 percent of the respondents were registered voters.

The respondents were furnished with a list of 12 names approved by the newspaper to choose from. The question asked was: “Among the names found in this list, who will you probably vote for as President of the Philippines if elections were held today?”      The respondents answered orally.

“The elections will be a battle for every single vote and the vice president will continue to meet with the people around the country,” Quicho said.

Binay vowed to work hard to reach as many voters as possible in the campaign for the coming elections.

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