Miriam questions ‘commercial poll surveys’

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago questions the legitimacy of the survey results conducted by commercial firms.

Santiago, in her speech during the Panagtigom event in the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao) Wednesday, bared that she is disappointed with the results of the paid survey firms.

"Pag nag-survey ang commercial firms, yung binabayaran, wala man lang ako doon. Nakakasama naman ng loob," Santiago said.

While she was always at the bottom of the SWS and Pulse Asia surveys, another survey organized by Radio Veritas 846, a faith-based radio in the country, she placed in the second spot.

As what was posted on the radio's website, independent presidential candidate Grace Poe topped the survey with 59%. She was followed by Santiago with 51 percent.

The statement included, "The standard bearer of PDP-Laban Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Liberal party bet, former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II tied on the third spot both garnering 44 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) ranked last in half of the given traits and has obtained an over-all percentage of 41 percent of the respondents."

With this, Santiago remarked, "bakit pag nag survey tungkol sa presidentiables pagtinanong ang kabataan, kung sino ang gusto nilang maging from North to Southeast and West, I'm always number 1?"

In her speech, she also revealed some of the projects that she would prioritize. It includes: development of farming technology and crop varieties; improving strategies for HIV, AIDS; address country's power needs; biodiversity protection; among others.

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