Leni wants to seal the lead
Current Vice Presidential front runner and Liberal Party candidate Leni Robredo is looking to seal the lead in the homestretch of the campaign period. Her current biggest rival for the top spot is son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Bongbong Marcos.
The almost triumphant Robredo is happy that her approval rating have been constantly rising as the election day nears. She remembers when she was still considered a fringe candidate at the start of the campaign season.
"Noong nag-uumpisa ako, at least iyong first few months, parang napaka-imposibleng kakayanin na humabol. Pero ngayon, nagkatotoo na," said Robredo.
She remains humble, however, and was also quick to point out that there is no time to rest on her laurels yet, as the lead is not yet comfortable to merit a sure win.
"Hindi pa comfortable ang lead. Hairline pa iyong gap pero sana kaya kayaning ma-maintain sa last 14 days," she added. Robredo, the running mate of former Secretary Mar Roxas, has consistently had big leaps up in ratings in the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, and is the front runner in the latest one.
She has an approval rating of 26%, over Bongbong's 25%. The margin of error is ±2, putting them in a statistical tie. Still, coming out on top is a big achievement for the Camarines Sur representative.
Former front runner Senator Francis 'Chiz' Escudero slid to third place recently, with 18%. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano lost the most, sliding to fourth place at 16%. Candidates Senator Antonio Trillianes IV and Gringo Honasan are currently at 5% and 2%, respectively.
Robredo says that her rise is attributable to her campaign sorties. She recognizes the importance of surveys as a guide for her favorability rating.
"Malapit na malapit na pero tingin ko naman, mabuti naman iyong naging resulta ng ilang buwan na pag-iikot...Iyong surveys kasi, napakahalaga din iyon kasi, iyon ang nag-ga-guide sa amin kung saan pa kami kailangang mag-ikot, kung saan kami mahina, saan kami malakas," said Leni.