MANILA -- Malacanang officials are seeing the survey rating of Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to plunge should the senator keeps on hitting the President as campaign tactic.
Lakas-Kampi-CMD vice president for membership and recruitment Prospero Pichay said on Tuesday at a press briefing that hate campaigns of Aquino will sink his ratings as how the result of recent surveys show.
“Well if you look at their survey they are actually going down… When people starts realizing that they have nothing to offer, then their ratings will go down. I think it shows in the last two surveys one guy started with 60 percent now he is only 28 percent by election time he might be at 10 percent only,” Pichay said of Aquino and other presidential candidates campaigning at the expense of other people.
Earlier surveys of Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed Aquino having impressive rating of 60 percent. However, these surveys were downed to half this March.
“If they don’t change their strategy as I said it will go back to them. Their ratings will continue to dip,” Pichay said.
Aquino has said on national television that, if elected, he will not let President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo run away from the scandals surrounding her administration and will do his best to prosecute her.
But the Lakas-Kampi official said what the people would want in the next administration is a candidate who has concrete platform for the country and not to those who focus on running after certain people.
“Well the president is not running in this election I think the only strategy the opposition knows is to attack the president to be able to gain votes but definitely it will be unfair to our people because they are asking what are you platform of government. This is a negative campaign they are waging,” he said.
Deputy Presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar, who was also present at the briefing, said that the senator has to win first before he could set for his agenda.
He believed that the President does not need to explain herself on the scandals hounding her since it “has already been settled.”
“If there are issues that she feels still ought to be answered that will be her prerogative to do so. If she feels there are questions in the past which do not deserve an answer now that is her prerogative also,” he said.
“If this is the strategy of Senator Aquino and I think he is not shy of what strategy he is doing which is to continue to pillory the president. Then that is something he has to be reconciled with. He has to hope that the voters will support him,” he added. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)