Mar sees self as the underdog

ILOILO CITY—Administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II on Thursday said he still sees himself as an underdog despite an increase in his ratings in the latest presidential preference survey.     But he said he will not be complacent.

“We will continue to present our platform. We will show the concrete examples of the things we’ve championed,”  Roxas told reporters at the sidelines of the Angkla Party-list’s Maritime Week celebrations.


Roxas, in the last Social Weather Stations survey conducted Sept. 2 to 5, placed third with 20 percent behind survey front runner Senator Grace Poe with 26 percent and Vice President Jejomar Binay with 24 percent.

Malacañang said Roxas had posted a significant increase in his ratings in the recent surveys.

“The SWS and Pulse Asia preference surveys for the third quarter were the first to be held after President Aquino endorsed him as LP standard bearer,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message.

“The significant improvement in Secretary Roxas’ ratings follow the same upward trend in the President’s satisfaction ratings.”

Coloma made his statement even as Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor Robredo reiterated she was not yet prepared to seek the vice presidency despite pressure from the Liberal Party to be Roxas’ running mate.

“I’m not yet ready. I don’t have enough preparations for this post,” Robredo said.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said Roxas’  running mate will be announced during the Liberal Party’s convention on Sept. 30. 

 “We will formally nominate Secretary Mar Roxas’ vice presidential candidate and the senators on September 30,” Drilon said in Dumaguete City.

Roxas, meanwhile, also showed an eight-point leap in the Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey with 18 percent, up from 10 percent in June.

He said he trusts that the voters will consider his track record and his anti-corruption campaign started by President Aquino and pick him.

 “We trust our countrymen will see how the straight path has led this country so far,” Roxas said.

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