Roxas elated over rise in latest ABS-CBN survey


Presidential candidate Mar Roxas is swarmed by supporters during a campaign meeting at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Thursday. Roxas, President Aquino's preferred successor, placed fourth in the surveys as more than 50 million Filipinos prepare to go to the polls on May 9. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA - Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas is elated over the results of the latest ABS-CBN survey by Pulse Asia showing him in a statistical tie at second place with erstwhile frontrunner Senator Grace Poe.

In the survey conducted from April 19 to 24 among 4,000 respondents, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte sustained his lead with 33% voter support.

But Roxas now joined Poe at second place, with 20% and 22%, respectively, overtaking Vice President Jejomar Binay who got 18%.

READ: Duterte, Marcos sustain leads in ABS-CBN survey

"Sinabi nila noon, wala tayong pag-asa. Sinabi nila noon, walang mangyayari kina Mar at Leni. Naniwala sila na mabubura nila ang mga tagumpay natin; na maipapalimot nila sa atin kung sino tayo bilang Pilipino," Roxas said in a statement Saturday.

Roxas' numbers saw an increase by two percentage points from the last Pulso ng Bayan survey conducted from April 12 to 17.

Both Duterte and Binay, on the other hand, dropped 1% from the previous survey while Poe's rating was unchanged.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was still at 2%.

READ: Analysts: Duterte unscathed but Mar gains ground

Roxas' running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, also saw a three-point improvement from the previous survey, from 23% to 26%.

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos sustained his lead in the vice presidential race with 31% support, up two points from the last poll.

Robredo, however, remained at second place, still ahead of erstwhile frontrunner Senator Francis Escudero, who was down to 18% from his previous 20%.

Senators Alan Peter Cayateno got 15%, Antonio Trillanes 3%, and Gringo Honasan 2%.

According to Roxas, the improvement in his and Robredo's numbers only show that voters do not believe the accusations being thrown against them.

"Napatunayan natin: Hindi tayo magpapadala sa lahat ng paninira, panloloko, at pagsisinungaling nila laban sa atin," the Liberal Party (LP) candidate said.

He expressed gratitude to all those who believe in him and Robredo and also expressed confidence that their tandem will emerge victorious in the May 9 elections.

"Sa lahat ng nangangampanya at tumutulong sa atin, I have more to ask of you. Please do not stop. Let us continue knocking on doors, making phone calls, talking to anyone and everyone we meet. Huwag kayong matakot. We are fighting the good fight. We are fighting the fight of our lives," said Roxas.