VICE President Jejomar Binay and his allies said Tuesday that the latest Social Weather Stations survey was a vindication, and that the corruption charges against him did not stick because these were baseless and politically motivated.
Binay said he felt vindicated but was quick to add that the fight was not over as the vilification campaign against him will grow more intense as the elections draw near.
Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Binay’s close ally, said the SWS survey showing Binay still on top was “a form of vindication for the presidential frontrunner after several months of being at the receiving end of media attacks.”
“This only means that he has a solid base among the masses and more and more Filipinos are convinced that the allegations against the vice president are devoid of truth and politically motivated,” said Gatchalian, whose NPC is allied with the administration.
Binay attributed the decline in his ratings in the previous surveys to the “demolition job” carried out by his opponents.
But he said he bounced back when people realized that the allegations were “all lies and it is politically motivated.”
He acknowledged that the people’s trust in him was affected by the political persecution, and said the worse was not yet over.
“This probably won’t stop,” Binay said of the relentless attacks against him.
United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said they have received information that the vice president’s opponents will revive their “hate and shame campaign” in January, after the holidays.
In fact, he said, the Binay camp expects “another round of baseless accusations” on Jan. 22, when the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee resumes its hearings against Binay’s alleged corruption.
Binay said he would not mount a counter-attack however, and explain his side directly to the people and doing his job.
SWS conducted its survey from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 using face-to-face interviews with 1,800 adult respondents. The respondents were allowed to give up to three names of people who they think are good leaders who should succeed President Aquino in the May 2016 elections.
Binay, Senator Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II emerged as the people’s top three choices most likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino III in 2016.
Binay led the survey with 37 percent, followed by Poe with 21 percent, and Roxas with 19 percent.
During Senate hearings, Binay was accused of profiting from the overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II and the Makati Science High School building when he was still mayor of Makati.
He was also accused of owning a 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas.
Binay has repeatedly said the accusations were just part of an operation to diminish his chances of winning in the 2016 presidential elections.With Vito Barcelo
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