Palace: Roxas’ higher survey ranking shows strong public support for good governance

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, Sept. 25 (PNA) — Malacanang on Friday said the recent surveys of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia indicating an increase in ratings of administration party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is a positive indication of strong public support for good governance.

“It is reasonable to infer that our Bosses believe in the President’s advocacy for continuity of Daang Matuwid and the strengthening of good governance beyond the end of his term,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a statement.

Coloma said the SWS and Pulse Asia preference surveys for the third quarter were the first to be held after President Benigno S. Aquino III endorsed him as Liberal Party standard bearer.

He said former Interior Secretary Roxas posted the most significant increase of eight points, which indicated increasing support for him as the “standard bearer of Daang Matuwid.”

The Pulse Asia survey conducted from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3 shows that independent candidate Senator Grace Poe remained the top choice among many Filipinos for next year’s presidential elections despite her rating dropped 3 percentage points.

Vice President Jejomar Binay followed with 21 percent, one point lower than his June survey figure.

Roxas received 18 percent.

Coloma also said that the significant improvement in Roxas’ ratings followed the same upward trend in the President’s satisfaction ratings, which were higher than what his predecessors attained in the late stage of the term. (PNA)