Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that reports that the ratings of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas in the Visayas dropped in the latest Pulse Asia survey do not reflect the situation on the ground.
The Pulse Asia survey conducted April 16 to 20 shows Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the lead for the presidency with 35 percentage points, followed by Senator Grace Poe at 23 percent, Roxas - 17 percent, Vice President Jejomar Binay – 16 percent and Miriam Defensor Santiago -- 2 percent.
The survey also shows that in the Visayas that is supposed to be the Roxas bailiwick, his rating dropped from 34 percent in April 12 to 17 to 27 percent in April 16 to 20.
Marañon, however, said the drop in Roxas ratings in the Visayas is not true. "In fact there has been a surge in support for Roxas with the silent majority finally coming out for him" this week in Negros Occidental.
He said the “70,000 people” who formed seas of yellow at four Roxas-Robredo rallies in Kabankalan, La Carlota, Cadiz and Bacolod cities Tuesday was beyond their expectations and proof of the surge of support for the LP tandem.
The huge turn-out is "a show of love, sympathy and support" for Roxas and Robredo, the governor said.
Roxas and Robredo will "definitely win by a landslide in Negros Occidental", he said.
He also said the about 80 percent of the 5 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries times two for a total of 10 million people will also vote for Roxas.
But Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said the April 16 to 20 Pulse Asia survey breakdown shows that Roxas ratings dropped in the Cebuano-speaking areas of the Visayas and slightly in Negros.
Benitez, a Poe supporter, said the problem of Roxas is "the perception of his lack of winnability that is contributing to the drop in his ratings".
"It makes sense because the Duterte surge is coming from Mindanao. The natural trading partners of Mindanao is Cebu so they are the first to be infected by the surge, and after Cebu it will go to Bohol, then Negros Oriental", he said.
People who are from Mindanao would convince their trading partners and friends, that is why there is a Duterte surge in the Pulse Asia survey, Benitez added.
The biggest question is how much of the issues against Duterte on his rape remarks, his stand on international policy - trying to cut off ties with US and Australia, will affect his votes, Benitez said.
He said the increase in Poe's support in Negros is probably because people are starting to look at the winnability of the candidates.*CPG
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