The Palace on Friday shrugged off an online survey which showed that Vice President Leni Robredo is the top bet of Filipinos among probable presidential candidates in the 2022 elections.
Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque described as “wishful thinking” the poll results of “PiliPinas2022,” which found that Robredo beat six other potential candidates for presidency.
“That appears to be wishful thinking,” Roque said in a televised briefing over state-run PTV-4.
Roque also said he was not aware of the PiliPinas2022 which conducted the survey, adding that he preferred to believe established polling firms which use cross-sampling method in their studies.
“I have not heard of that polling company. I believe in cross-sampling method of surveys and I believe in trusted polling companies that are clear with their methodology although they have 1,200 sample size,” he said.
“I do not know the process that by that company for such survey,” Roque added.
The said survey showed that Robredo was leading with 33.63 percent of the votes as of 5:00 p.m.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ranked second after 23 percent of the voters picked her.
She was followed by Senator Manny Pacquiao (14.51 percent), defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (11.26 percent), Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (6.49 percent), Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (6.37 percent), and Senator Grace Poe (4.31 percent).
Robredo, the highest-ranking government official from the Liberal Party and considered as the figurehead of the opposition, earlier said she considers a possible presidential bid in 2022.
In November, she said gunning for the presidency was “always a possibility,” though she preferred a local post.
Robredo was shortlisted by 1Sambayan coalition as a possible standard-bearer of the opposition, along with Moreno, senators Poe and Nancy Binay, and former lawmaker Antonio Trillanes IV.
1Sambayan would unveil its 2022 election candidates on 12 June, coinciding with the celebration of the country’s Independence Day.
The group said it would engage the public in the selection of its candidates through online voting to finalize the opposition’s single slate of contenders across the Philippine political spectrum that would go against the administration’s bets in the next year’s elections.
In a recent forum, Robredo said the opposition should field only one presidential candidate in the next year’s polls to ensure its a victory, noting that Duterte remains a “very popular” president.
PiliPinas2022, the group behind the survey, described itself as an online political survey platform designed to “gather and display data to serve as an active pulse online platform in Philippine politics for the upcoming 2022 elections.”