“HIGH SURVEY RATINGS a protest vote versus corrupt politicians and rising criminality”
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Surveys voting him as the next President of the Philippines is giving Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte the scare.
But it is not because he is afraid to be in Malacanang to lead the country.
Duterte said he is alarmed because the vote for him meant Filipinos no longer trust the government and their leaders.
“There is a deeper meaning to this survey result and it alarms me because I look at this as a protest vote and an indication that people are disillusioned with the establishment and our national political leaders,” said.
Duterte is being pushed to run for President in 2016, which he has consistently dismissed.
But the idea of him running for President has taken a bandwagon effect. A signature campaign launched by a Davao City-based movement trying to convince him to run has already gathered 10 million signatures in a campaign that spanned Luzon, the Visayas and and Mindanao.
A recent informal survey conducted by ANC Talkback show hosted by Tina Monzon-Palma on ABS/CBN had Duterte topping the voters’ preference for both President and Vice President.
In the survey, Duterte netted 52 followed by Miriam Defensor Santiago with 44, Mar Roxas 28, Bongbong Marcos 11, Jejomar Binay 8 and Grace Poe 7.
In voters’ choice for Vice President, Duterte led with 44, followed by Grace Poe with 27 and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 24.
Not impressed, Duterte said that the result is an indication of people’s discontent with the establishment.
I will be elated with the results of the survey if I were a politician dreaming to be President, he said.
But Duterte said there is a deeper meaning to the survey result which alarms him.
It alarms me because I look at this as a protest vote and an indication that people are disillusioned with the establishment and our national political leaders, said Duterte.
This is alarming. I should be happy but I am not. I am scared at how bad the perception of people is for the establishment and our national political leaders, he said.
Duterte said corruption. like the PDAF scandal involving legislators and other high government officials contributed to the loss of confidence.