Erap on Binay ranking: No surprise there

Posted at 05/02/14 3:49 PM

MANILA - Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is not surprised that Vice-President Jejomar Binay is clearly leading in the presidential race, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Estrada said Binay has always been a top contender and his dominance in the Pulse Asia survey was expected.

He said he is also not bothered with Binay's plan to start his own political party after bolting the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas (PDP)-Laban.

In the end, Estrada said the opposition will be united.

A Pulse Asia survey earlier showed at least 40 percent of 1,200 respondents said they would vote for Binay if elections were held today.

Neophyte senator Grace Poe placed second in the survey with 15 percent, followed by Miriam Defensor-Santiago (10%), Chiz Escudero (9%), Mar Roxas (6%), Bongbong Marcos (5%), Alan Peter Cayetano (4%), Kris Aquino (4%), Bong Revilla (3%) and Panfilo Lacson (2%).

Meanwhile, Estrada said he is not very involved with national politics as he is more concerned now with his projects in Manila.

He also said he does not find anything wrong in former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's visit to St. Luke's Medical Center since he was also granted medical check-ups while under custody for a plunder charge.