MANILA – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has cemented her position as the president of choice in Philippine campuses, as she won by an overwhelming majority a survey at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the third student poll she has won since candidates filed certificates of candidacy (CoC).
Two out of three (66 percent) of the 1,366 respondents in the survey conducted by the UST’s official student publication, The Varsitarian, said that they would vote for Santiago if elections were held on the day they were polled, from Oct. 26 to Dec. 10.
No other candidate won two-digit scores in the survey. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas got 8 percent; Sen. Grace Poe, 5 percent; and Vice President Jejomar Binay, 3 percent. Some 17 percent of respondents said they were undecided.
“Clearly, students know that the presidency is no place for the weak-minded, the inexperienced, or the corrupt. It appears that they give weight to my criteria for leaders: academic excellence, professional achievement, and sincerity,” Santiago said.
The UST survey is the third campus poll conducted and published after candidates have filed their certificates of candidacy. The two others were from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Santiago led all three polls. Jelly F. Musico/PNA