Villar attributes survey leads to commitment to help

August 25, 2009 3:37 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 25 -– Unfazed by the ongoing Senate investigation on the ethics complaint filed against him by colleague Jamby Madrigal, Senator Manny Villar attributed on Tuesday his latest big surge in the surveys to hardwork and commitment to help his constituents.

”Perhaps people are beginning to appreciate of what I’m doing. I continue to extend support and I’m not fighting anyone,” Villar said.

Villar, who currently utilizes TV advertisements heavily to boost his popularity, once again topped another survey on who Filipinos prefer to be the country’s next president if the election will be held today.

Based on the survey results conducted by the Pulse Asia from July 28 to Aug 10, out of the 1,800 respondents, Villar got a whooping 25 percent votes, an increase of 11 percent from the survey held between May and July.

”I would like to thank our countrymen. I think ratings reflect what the people wanted for a leader to do for this country,” Villar said.

Former President Joseph Estrada is at second place with 19 percent, followed by Vice President Noli de Castro (16 percent), and Senators Francis Escudero (12 percent) and Mar Roxas (11 percent).

Villar was also the top presidential contender in Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas (25 percent, 22 percent and 30 percent, respectively) while, along with Estrada, he registered the highest voter preference in Mindanao (30 percent).

According to Pulse Asia, the 25 percent of Filipinos consider a candidate’s accomplishments as the main factor in voting him to succeed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo next year.

“About one in four Filipinos (25 percent) is voting for his/her preferred presidential bet because of the candidate's many accomplishments. On the other hand, one in five (20 percent) Filipinos rationalized their choice of candidate based on the preferred bet's pro-poor orientation,” the Pulse Asia said in a media release.

Villar also topped the latest SWS survey on presidentiables, getting an approval rating of 22 percent followed by Estrada’s 19 percent and Escudero’s 18 percent although reports said Villar himself commissioned the survey.

Villar is currently being investigated by the Senate committee of the whole for allegedly influencing the realignment of the C-5 road project to benefit his real estate business. He repeatedly denied the accusations. (PNA)



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