By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
Vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. expressed his gratitude yesterday to the students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) who made him their top choice for vice president in their on-line poll.
The result of the online poll was published yesterday in the PUP Official Fan Profile Facebook page.
‘’With all humility, I am grateful for their trust and confidence,’’ he said.
“PUP students are known for their active interest and participation in pressing social and political issues. To learn that I am their choice for the next vice president certainly gives additional encouragement in my pursuing my mission to serve our people,” he added.
Marcos said he believes the PUP poll is an indication that the youth sector recognizes his efforts, such as the SK Reform Bill (SB 2041), to give them greater empowerment in addressing their own issues and participating in nation-building. The SK Reform Bill was recently approved by the bicameral conference committee.
The PUP online poll results ranked Marcos as the number one choice among the 2016 vice presidential candidates, garnering 37.36 percent or 50,675 of the total 135,622 votes cast.
In second place is Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party (LP) with 21.20% (28,746 votes). Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (Independent) is in third place with 13.58 % (18,424 votes).
Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano (Ind.) is in fourth place with 12.96 % (17,578 votes), followed by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero (Ind.) with 10.30% (13,976 votes), while Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” . Honasan II (UNA) is in 5th place with 2.04% (2,765 votes).
Among the presidential contenders, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago took a commanding lead in the online poll garnering 64.07% or 86,897 votes. Sen. Grace Poe is in 2nd spot getting 14.35% or 19,456 votes.
In third place is Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel ‘’Mar’’ A. Roxas II with 11.64% or 15,784 votes and Vice President Jejomar Binay in 4th place with 7.26% or 9,846 votes.