VP vows to work doubly hard after leading latest survey

June 1, 2009 1:31 pm 

MANILA, June 1 – Vice President Noli de Castro said on Monday that the latest Pulse Asia survey inspired him to ‘work doubly hard’ performing his job toward nation building and developing economy.

”My heartfelt thanks to our people as their trust in me has not wavered,” said De Castro, referring to Pulse Asia’s survey which showed him leading the most preferred presidential bets for the 2010 elections.

According to the survey done from May 4 to 17 this year, De Castro got the highest rating with 18 percent followed by Senator Francis Escudero and former President Joseph “Erap" Estrada with 17 and 15 percent, respectively.

Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. came fourth with 14 percent, followed by Sen. Manuel Roxas II with 13 percent.

Sen. Loren Legarda got seven percent while Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay and Sen. Panfilo Lacson each got four percent each.

Sen. Richard Gordon, Philippine Long Distance Co. chair Manuel Pangilinan, Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno, and Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. each got one-percent preference rating.

De Castro is the concurrent chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), OFW president adviser and chairman of the Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (TFAIR).

”The people’s support inspires me to come up with programs that are more beneficial to our countrymen, especially the poor,” the Vice President said.

Instead of engaging in partisan politics, De Castro vowed to continue to devote his efforts toward nation building and help in developing the country’s economy.

”Good governance and sacrificing our own interest should be the core of every socio-economic blue print for progress,” De Castro, a native of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, said.

Meanwhile, Pola mayor Alex Aranas said the Vice President should join the newly-merged Lakas-Kampi-CMD party if the latter will decide to run for president in next year’s elections.

”Kabayan (referring to De Castro) should take advantage of the machinery of the party which controls 80 percent of the country’s politics,” Aranas said in a radio dzMM interview. (PNA)

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