‘Palace financing Roxas’ campaign’

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday slammed the Aquino administration for its use of government resources that it says are financing the political advertisements of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II.

 The group said the massive expenditure on Roxas had caused the former Interior secretary to leap in the latest Social Weather Stations’  presidential preference survey, which was conducted on Sept. 2 to 5.

Despite that, however, Binay’s spokesman Rico Quicho said the vice president was still grateful to his supporters who were continuing to show their full support for him.

He said the results of SWS’ recent survey had not affected Binay’s desire to continue his pro-poor programs and to fight for inclusive growth for all Filipinos.

He said the heavy advertising and the questionable use of government resources to promote Roxas had contributed to the increase in his numbers to tie Binay if the margin of error was considered.

Quicho expressed confidence that the vice president’s core supporters would remain solid.

“There will be no changes in the campaign direction and the vice president will continue to go to the provinces to spend time and talk directly to the people,” Quicho said.

He said the results of the SWS survey also meant that Filipinos now believed that the allegations of corruption against Binay and his family were fabricated.

He said the people believed that the orchestrated attacks against the vice president and his family were all lies.

In the lasts SWS survey, Binay slipped to third but the 35 percent he got from it was actually one point higher than in the firm’s survey last June.

Roxas’ rating, meanwhile, surged to 39 percent from 21 percent in June.

Senator Grace Poe now has a preference rate of 47 percent, which is five percentage points higher than in June.

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