Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes on Tuesday said the decline of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest poll on 2016 presidentiables may be attributed to the recent corruption-related controversies hounding him and members of his family.

“Ang pinakamalaking factor diyan ay ang mga negative reports from the Senate investigation,” Holmes said.

Binay had been linked to a controversy involving alleged irregularities in the bidding and construction of the allegedly overpriced P2.7-billion Makati City Hall Building II.

Despite the decline, Binay continue to top the Pulse Asia’s survey conducted September 8 to 15.

“If the May 2016 elections were held during the survey period, 31 percent of Filipinos would vote for Vice President Jejomar C. Binay as president. This overall voter preference puts the Vice-President ahead of 14 other personalities whose presidential chances in May 2016 are probed in this survey,” it said.

For his part, Binay’s spokesperson and media affairs head, Joey Salgado, said the vice president welcomed the results of the latest survey.

He also noted that despite controversies hounding Binay and his family, the Vice President continues to lead the survey.

“This will be of no importance to the VP, who continues to lead despite their grandstanding and the baseless attacks, and amid a widening field of contenders,” he said.

He also noted the drop of personalities involved in the ongoing Senate sub-committee probe on his case.

“The ratings drop for personalities involved in the on-going Senate sub-committee probe shows that people do not appreciate abuse of senatorial privilege to launch a witch hunt in aid of ambition,” he said.

‘Marginal increase’

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, whom Binay defeated in the vice presidential race in 2010, placed second, getting support from 13 percent of the respondents.

Roxas’ numbers went up as he had only seven percent in the June survey.

However, Holmes noted that increase of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II is “marginal lang… Hindi namin masabi ang basehan sa kanyang pagtaas.”

Others in the September survey included:

– Miriam Santiago, 11 percent (7 percent in June)
– Grace Poe, 10 percent (12 percent in June)
– Joseph Estrada, 10 percent (9 percent in June)
– Sen. Francis Escudero, 5 percent (7 percent in June)
– Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 5 percent (5 percent in June)
– former Vice President Manuel “Noli” de Castro Jr., 3 percent
– former Sen. Richard Gordon, 2 percent (1 percent in June)
– former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, 1 percent
– Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, 1 percent (5 percent in June)
– Rep. Leni Robredo, 1 percent
– Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., 1 percent (2 percent in June)
– Sen. Franklin Drilon, 0.4 percent (1 percent in June)
– former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, 0.2 percent