Analysts: VP Binay surge in polls ‘expected’

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(File Photo) Vice President Jejomar Binay shares some laughs with residents of Barangay 60, Tramo St. in Pasay City.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The surge of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest Pulse Asia survey did not surprise political analysts.

Three in 10 Filipinos (33 percent) wanted Binay for president, the survey conducted from December 4 to 11 revealed.

Related: Binay regains lead in Pulse Asia survey; Poe, Duterte statistically tied in second place

“Not surprised. At this stage, most voters do not have any final choice yet. Anybody’s ballgame,” Professor Ramon Casiple of the University of the Philippines told CNN Philippines through text. 

Casiple and another political science professor, Dennis Coronacion of the University of Santo Tomas, agreed Binay benefited from the barrage of disqualification cases against Poe and the squabbling between Roxas and Duterte over the former’s educational background.

Both viewed Binay’s silence as a positive move while Roxas and Duterte exchanged tirades and challenged literally slapping each other. They said Binay also did not take advantage of Poe’s citizenship and residency issues.

“There’s the saying, if your enemies are committing mistakes be silent. VP Binay did that,” Coronacion told CNN Philippines through text.

Casiple said the corruption charges against Binay are not hounding him too much anymore as compared before.

Binay has been accused of overpricing the construction of several public infrastructure projects, such as the Makati City Hall Building II, during his term as Makati mayor.

However, Casiple and Coronacion shared the same sentiment that Binay’s lead could be temporary and surveys do not tell who is going to win come May 2016.

“Let's not forget that the voters are fickle-minded. Their decisions are influenced by what they see and hear in a given time,” Coronacion said. 

“The battle of surveys today revolves around Binay, Poe, and Duterte. This only confirms their high chances to win. However, the surveys do not indicate who will win in May 2016. It’s too early,” Casiple added.

Survey a challenge to candidates

Binay in a statement recognized that the true results of the elections would be on election day itself.

Still, the leading presidential candidate expressed gratitude to those who continue to give their support, despite the controversies hurled against him.

“Ang inyong mainit na pagsalubong at pagtanggap sa akin sa tuwing ako ay dumadalaw sa inyong mga lugar ang siyang nagpapalakas sa akin,” Binay said.

[Translation: “Your warm welcome and acceptance each time I visit your places are my source of strength.”]

Meanwhile, candidates in the presidential and vice presidential race accepted the survey results as a challenge for them to work harder. 

“I respect the results of the most recent Pulse Asia survey. I will continue to use the surveys as a guide to work harder, reach out to more people, and get across my platform of governance, where no one is left behind,” Poe said in a statement.

She added the disqualification cases thrown against her affected her candidacy and confused her supporters.

Meanwhile, vice presidential candidate Robredo said she is happy with the continued increase of her ratings in surveys.

“Malayo pa ang aking hahabulin kaya dodoblehin ko pa ang sipag para maabot ang marami pa nating kababayan, lalo na ang nasa malalayong lugar, at maipabatid sa kanila ang aking hangarin para sa bansa,” Robredo said in a statement.

[Translation: “I still have a lot of catching up to do, so I will double my efforts to reach more Filipinos, especially those in far areas and inform them of my vision for the country.”]

"Nakita natin na magulo pa ito: noong isang buwan, si Grace ang una. Noong isang linggo, si Duterte. Ngayon naman, si Binay. Baka sa susunod, tayo na," said Rep. Barry Guttierez, spokesman for Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid or Liberal Party.

[Translation: "We see that it's still unruly: Last month, Grace was on top. Last week, it was Duterte. Now, it's Binay. Maybe next time, we'll be on top.]

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio contributed to this report.