UNTV News : Presidential bets react to Pulse Asia survey showing BBM lead

14 February 2022

By Maris Federez | UNTV News

MANILA, Philippines — The BBM-Sara tandem has dominated the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc. from January 19 to 24, 2022.

In the said survey, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos took a commanding lead among other presidential aspirants with 60 percent of the respondents picking him “if the May 2022 elections were held today”.

The Marcos camp welcomed this development stressing their campaign theme of unity.

“Numbers don’t lie, and it is really humbling to know that our message for national unity is resonating among the overwhelming majority of the Filipino people,” said BBM chief of staff and spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez in a statement.

“Indeed, we are gladdened to know that Filipinos are now ready to unite as a people, a signal that the Philippines is geared to claim her greatness, once again,” he added.

On the other hand, Vice President Leni Robredo’s spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez said the recent Pulse Asia survey did was conducted prior to the “game-changing interviews” that they believe the vice president aced with her answers.

“While the Pulse Asia survey was only released today, fieldwork for it was done from January 19-24, too early to capture the impact of the game-changing interviews with GMA, DZRH, and other media outfits,” Gutierrez said.

“VP Leni’s stellar performance in those interviews, added to the massive rallies that have come out for her during this first week of the official campaign, give us confidence that she has the clear momentum,” he added.

“We have no doubt this will be reflected in the coming surveys, and of course, on election day,” he further said.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, meanwhile, said the survey result did not discourage him or his supporters a bit.

“Hindi po ako panghihinaan ng loob at ganoon din ang aking mga supporter na patuloy na kumakatok sa bawat pinto, sa bawat komunidad, sa bawat bayan, at sa bawat lalawigan upang ibahagi ang ating plano para maiangat sa kahirapan ang ating bansa,” Pacquiao said.

He said he is more focused on seeing to it that he will be able to fulfill his campaign promises should he get elected.

“We will continue campaigning for the future of our nation. Lumalaban ako upang hindi na muling mapagsamantalahan ng mga kawatan ang ating bansa at lalo pang pahirapan ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” the senator said.

“Mahirap ang laban na ito pero mas mahirap kung walang titindig para ipaglaban ang mga mahihirap,” he added.

On the other hand, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said he gives more weight to the support he receives from the general public.

He said the large volume of people who wait for him to see and hear his campaign gives him the courage to continue his fight.

“We will continue our journey. We will reach as many people as possible. Pupunta kami sa tao. Ang tao ang pinagkukuhanan ko ng lakas ng loob and I think your cameras cannot deny on what you are seeing,” Moreno said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, on his part, cheered on his supporters to not be discouraged.

Lacson said his camp will continue its campaign in a determined, decent, serious, and honest manner.

“To our brave supporters: if you don’t see in the surveys the support that you feel on the ground, don’t get disheartened,” Lacson said in a statement.

“Our fight to enlighten a benighted land shall continue in ways that are determined, decent, serious, and honest. We will never give up for our country’s sake,” he further said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)