Jejomar Binay In Pole To Be Next Philippine President Despite Graft Allegations

 Share
EMAIL
PRINT
COMMENTS
Jejomar Binay In Pole To Be Next Philippine President Despite Graft Allegations

Jejomar Binay, who leads the main opposition alliance, has denied the corruption allegations against him and members of his family. (File Photo)


Manila:  Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has overcome a barrage of graft allegations to re-emerge as front-runner to become the nation's next leader, according to an independent poll released today.

The 73-year-old had long been the favourite but his poll numbers tanked last year when allegations emerged that he and his son, both former mayors of the Makati financial district, had taken huge kickbacks in the construction of a city-owned car park building.

Pollster Social Weather Stations said the vice president had regained a clear lead with 31 percent preferring him in its January 8-10 nationwide survey.

"Some people are cynical, reasoning out that all politicians are corrupt anyway," political analyst Ramon Casiple, from Manila-based think tank the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, told AFP.

Binay, who leads the main opposition alliance, denies the corruption allegations against him and members of his family. His spokesmen did not reply to AFP's requests for comment on the latest survey results.

In the Philippines, presidents can only serve a single six-year term.

President Benigno Aquino, a popular leader, has anointed fellow Liberal Party stalwart Mar Roxas as his preferred successor.

With an error of margin of plus or minus three percentage points, Senator Grace Poe (24 percent), Roxas (21 percent), and anti-crime advocate Rodrigo Duterte (20 percent) are in a statistical deadlock.

The 1,200 voters polled were not asked to explain their preference, Leo Laroza, survey data library director for Social Weather, told AFP.

Casiple said some support for Poe and Duterte eroded due to disqualification cases filed against them.

However, he said many Filipino voters have yet to make up their minds months before the May 9 election.

The official Commission on Elections ruled last month that Poe, an orphan of unknown parentage who was adopted and raised by the Philippines' most famous movie stars, was not a Filipino at birth and could not run for president.

The case is on appeal at the Supreme Court, which provisionally stopped the government dropping her name from the ballot.

Duterte, mayor of a southern city where hundreds of petty criminals have been killed by masked anti-crime vigilantes, registered as a candidate after the October 16, 2015 deadline to replace another candidate who backed out.

Duterte, mayor of a southern city where hundreds of petty criminals have been killed by masked anti-crime vigilantes, registered as a candidate after the October 16, 2015 deadline to replace another candidate who backed out.
 


Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.

NDTV Beeps - your daily newsletter

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................