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Roque continues steady rise in senatorial surveys

Senatorial candidate Harry Roque has thanked supporters for his steady climb in the March pre-election surveys and attributed this to the groundswell of believers that flock to UniTeam’s campaign sorties nationwide.

The former presidential spokesman said Filipinos across the nation had welcomed his rights to life and health platform, which has moved him within striking distance of a possible Senate victory in May.

Roque also noted that his performance in a televised senatorial debate was responsible for his five-point rise in a polling survey. He vowed to attend more debates so that more people would appreciate his legislative agenda in the Senate.

Roque landed 12th in the latest Tangere- Manila Bulletin senatorial survey with a voter preference of 34.5 percent. With 2,400 mobile respondents, the survey was conducted from March 29 to April 1.

The former presidential spokesman also placed 10th to 19th in the Publicus Asia survey. He garnered 24.7 percent support from 1,500 individuals surveyed from March 9 to 14.

In an online survey, Roque ranked 8th in the partial national elections survey of Go Philippines in Batangas province last March 18. He garnered 65.94 percent.

Roque said, “I am grateful to be among the few who posted a significant increase in recent survey ratings. It has been an uphill climb since we started with a poll ranking of 23.”

The former party-list congressman believes that 60 percent of the electorate has yet to complete their list of 12 preferred senatoriables, making the last six places in the senatorial race hotly contested.

Roque opined, “Unlike the race for the top two posts where the majority have already decided in favor of Apo Bongbong Marcos and Inday Sara Duterte, many voters still need convincing on who to elect; as senators.”

The health and human rights advocate added, “I am touched and overwhelmed by the warm reception of the people in every rally or motorcade. Without fail, there is an outpouring of organic support for me and the UniTeam party.”

Despite the lack of sleep and physical fatigue, Roque said he enjoys campaigning, dancing, and conveying to the public his message of national unity and recovery from the pandemic and inflationary pressures due to the Russia-Ukraine war.

If elected to the Senate, Roque promised to sponsor measures on the ‘three-day court hearing’ rule, ‘zero hunger’ within six years, job creation for pandemic-affected workers, better implementation of universal health coverage, and right to potable water.

Roque would push for two supplemental budgets in the 2022 national budget to sustain government aid to typhoon Odette victims and provide financial assistance to hardest-hit sectors by soaring fuel prices.

As a lawmaker in the 17th Congress, Roque principally authored the Universal Health Care law, free irrigation services to farmers, free lunch for school children, and the national HIV and AIDS policy.

He also co-sponsored the law on free wi-fi in public spaces act, anti-hazing, and free tuition in state colleges and universities.

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