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Palace has no interest in survey on popular candidates for 2016

Malacañang chose to ignore an opinion poll suggesting Vice President Jejomar Binay is the main choice for the next president if elections were held today.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda reaffirmed that the government is focused on governance, not the 2016 presidential elections.

Besides, Lacierda pointed out that President Aquino has not made any announcement about his preferred presidential candidate in 2016.

“The Pulse Asia survey is certainly of interest to those who are observing the 2016 Presidential Elections. But we are focused on addressing the needs of our countrymen,” Lacierda said in his regular Palace press briefing.

“We have 792 days left in this administration to address those concerns. We are currently engaged in governance,” he added.

In the Pulse Asia poll, 40 percent of the survey respondents chose Binay as the next president if the elections were held today.

Next on the list were Senators Miriam Santiago and Francis Escudero, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Senators Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano, television host Kris Aquino, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.

Despite the latest poll results on the possible presidential bets, Lacierda said the government intends to make sure all the reforms President Aquino had promised would happen before 2016.

“We are focused on engaging our countrymen. We are focused on addressing the needs, the problems of the nation,” he said.