By Jefferson Antiporda | The Manila Times
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. registered the biggest jump in ratings among the vice presidential candidates in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, gaining 6 percentage points to 25 percent from his December score of 19 percent.
Although Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero was the top choice of the respondents in the January 2016 survey, he shed 2 percentage points from his previous rating of 30 percent.
Now in second place, Marcos has overtaken Rep. Leni Robredo, who used to top the vice presidential surveys.
In the SWS survey, Robredo was a far third with a rating of 17 percent, 2 percentage points lower than her 19 percent in December.
Marcos on Friday expressed gratitude for the people’s continued support and confidence.
“The SWS survey results are encouraging. I am deeply grateful to our countrymen for their support and confidence that I am presenting a viable platform to truly uplift their lives and the capability to do it,” the senator said.
Marcos vowed to redouble his efforts to inform voters of his plans to help effect the change that every Filipino dreams of.
“It is January and the election is still in May. In Philippine politics four months is a very long time. So we have a long way to go,” he noted.
While the surveys provide an accurate picture of public sentiment at a given time, he said it should be taken in its proper context and utilized as a valuable guide in implementing campaign plans based on the factual situation on the ground.
Marcos was in Tacloban City on Thursday to greet his cousin, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, on his birthday.
He also took the opportunity to meet with the city’s barangay officials and report to them what he has done in the Senate for their cause, particularly the recent approval of his bill providing retirement benefits to barangay officials and workers.