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Binay: I will win by 4M votes

Vice President Jejomar Binay.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / ELOISA LOPEZ

Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / ELOISA LOPEZ

UNISAN, Quezon—Despite losing his lead in pre-election surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay, presidential candidate of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), told local candidates of his party that they should stay with him on his way to victory as he predicted he would win by at least four million votes from his closest opponent.

“Sa tantya ko katulad ng tantya ko noong pagkandidato ko noon ng vice president (in 2010), at the end of the day I think ay … lalamang ako ng nasa 4 na milyon (Just like 2010 when I ran for vice president, I estimate that I will win by a margin of about four million votes),” Binay told an assembly of UNA candidates in the province’s 39 towns and two cities.

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He, however, did not name the candidate who would supposedly give him the best fight in the presidential race.

“Hindi kayo magsisisi at magkakamali ng pagsuporta at pagkampanya sa akin kasi ngayon, tapos na ang pulitika, lalo na sa national (You can’t be wrong in supporting me and you won’t regret campaigning for me because the political fight is over, especially on the national stage),” Binay said to the applause of his allies and supporters here.

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He called on his party mates to continue to stick with him.

“Kung baga sa manok ay llamado tayo sa labanang ito (If we liken it to a cockfight, then all bets are on us),” Binay said.

Binay’s statement came as pre-election surveys, like the results of Social Weather Stations (SWS)-Bilang Pilipino for mobile, said that among the five presidential candidates, voters did not want administration bet Mar Roxas or Binay to win the position.

READ: Roxas, Binay ‘least liked’ to win by SWS mobile survey respondents

In the March 30 survey, 27 percent of the respondents said Roxas was the candidate they didn’t want to win, while Binay was the second least-liked candidate at 24 percent.

Davao City Rodrigo Duterte was in third place at 17 percent.

Ten percent of the respondents said they did not want Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago to win for president while only 5 percent did not like survey front-runner Sen. Grace Poe.

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Binay said his advantage over his rivals was his organization and network.

“At this stage of the game, we will see a battle of organization, field work. My rivals, at this stage, are still looking for allies. Contrast this to my situation—I have an organization and network because I have been here before, when I ran for vice president, (I) experienced this in 2010,” he said.

He recalled that in the 2010 vice presidential race, he started with only 2 percentage points in the survey while his chief rival, Roxas, was at 52 percent.

“I still won,” he said.

He again chided Poe over her lack of experience in running the affairs of the government.

“Ang pagkapangulo ay kailangan ang may karanasan sa pamamahala. Hindi puwede yung natulog lang pagkagising ay gusto na agad maging presidente. Kawawa naman ang 104 million na mga Pilipino (The presidency needs people with experience. It’s not like you just slept and when you woke up, you wanted to be president. We should pity the 104 million Filipinos),” Binay said. RC

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