Binay questions latest SWS survey except daughter’s 7th rankingBy Maila Ager
MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay expressed disbelief over the results of the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, saying the polling firm should reveal the basis of its survey.
“Tingnan natin kasi ang hirap makasunod sa survey kasi ang laki ng diprensya. Meron napunta sa pangatlo, pang-apat tapos sa susunod na ibang survey, pang labing lima na. Siguro dapat ilahad ang batayan ng survey (Let’s see because it’s difficult to follow the survey due to the big difference. There’s one who went to third, to fourth then in the following survey, they’ll land on the 15th. I think we should lay down the basis for these surveys),” Binay said on Tuesday, when asked about the 9-3 results of the SWS survey in favor of the administration’s Team PNoy.
Nine Team PNoy candidates entered the Magic 12, based on the pre-election survey of SWS conducted from February 15 to 17, while only three came from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Asked what could be the reason behind the sudden drop of UNA candidates in the survey, Binay said, “Hindi nga ako makapaniwala. Paano ako makakapag comment sa hindi ako makapaniwala? (I don’t believe it. How could I comment if I don’t believe it?)”
“Sa aming bahagi, ang ganda ganda ng aming kampanya. Sumama ka kaya para makita mo kung gaano karami ang pumupunta sa rally naming (In our part, we have a very nice campaign. You join us so you can see how many go to our rallies),” he said, reacting to a reporter’s question.
During the 2010 polls, Binay pointed out that he only ranked 2nd or 4th in the surveys but this did not match the actual result of the elections.
While he was surprised by the latest SWS survey, the Vice President had no doubt, however, by the good ranking of her daughter, Nancy Binay, who jumped from 12th in January to 7th in February.
“Yun din ang pinagtataka ng iba pero ako naman, naniniwala dito (Others are baffled by that but I believe that),” Binay said.