Villar won't let guard down despite survey lead

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 11:17 AM

Reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar casts her vote at Las Piñas City Science High School. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar on Monday said poll results could differ from surveys after the latest Pulse Asia survey showed her topping the list of potential winners.

The lawmaker, who is seeking a second term, got 55.9 percent voter support in the May 3-6 survey, up 4 percentage points from the last poll.

"Talagang ganyan naman ang eleksyon. You can never be confident. We are always running scared," Villar told reporters minutes after casting her vote along with husband Manny Villar. 

"Survey lang iyon eh. Baka sa botohan iba naman,” the businesswoman-turned-lawmaker said.

Reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar casts her vote at Las Piñas City Science High School. ABS-CBN News

Villar, who claimed she had visited almost all provinces in the country for this campaign season, said she has to immediately attend to her livelihood and infrastructure projects after Monday’s polls. 

"Marami akong public infrastructures na dapat tapusin. Bawal magpahinga kasi may deadline eh, may targets kami so we have to attain our targets for this year,” she said. 

Despite reports of rampant vote-buying, “Mrs. Hanepbuhay” assured the public that there is no vote buying in Las Pinas. 

If she wins, Villar said she would ensure that the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund for farmers under the newly signed Rice Tariffication law would be implemented.

She will also push for the passage of the Coconut Levy Fund to aid farmers. Rice and coconut farmers make up 90 percent of the total farmers in the country, she said. 

“Dito naman sa Las Pinas tahimik ang eleksyon eh. Let’s hope that it will be a clean and peaceful election,” she said.