Daily Tribune : BBM gains wide lead in pre-campaign survey

12 February 2022

By Michelle R. Guillang | Daily Tribune

During the period that the survey was held, Bongbong’s camp bared that the Department of Justice has started its investigation on a TikTok user who warned the presidential candidate of an alleged assassination.

Majority of the Filipino voters would back Bongbong Marcos if the May 2022 presidential election were held today, according to the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey whose results were released by the leading aspirant’s camp on Friday.

Fifty percent of voters in the nationwide survey said they would vote for Bongbong, compared with 19 percent for Vice President Leni Robredo.

The latest SWS commissioned survey was conducted from 28 to 31 January 2022.

Bongbong’s media bureau released the survey results but failed to indicate the sample size used for the poll, the margin of error, as well as who commissioned the survey.

His current numbers increased from 47 percent in the October 2021 survey of the same polling firm.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Senator Manny Pacquiao both landed on the third and fourth spots, respectively, with 11 percent, while Senator Panfilo “Ping Lacson” gained six percent.

Out of the 10 presidential candidates, labor leader Leody de Guzman ranked sixth with 0.3 percent.

The survey was held a week after Marcos declined to be interviewed by veteran journalist Jessica Soho of GMA Network. He accused Soho of being “biased against the Marcoses”. Her network took exception to that statement.

Bongbong then appeared in an episode of the “presidential one-one-one interviews” with entertainment talk show host Boy Abunda days after. His interview has by far the highest view counts on YouTube compared to those of his contenders.

The poll was also held in the same week that then-Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon revealed that she voted to disqualify Bongbong in the consolidated disqualification petitions against him.

For Guanzon, Marcos should be disqualified to run for public office as failing to pay income taxes four times. She said it is a crime involving moral turpitude.

On 10 February, the Comelec 1st Division voted to dismiss the petition to disqualify Bongbong for “lack of merit”. Guanzon’s vote was no longer considered in the ruling as she retired on 2 February.

During the period that the survey was held, Bongbong’s camp bared that the Department of Justice has started its investigation on a TikTok user who warned the presidential candidate of an alleged assassination.

At present, the person behind the TikTok account had presented himself before the National Bureau of Investigation. He claimed that his identity was used by a still-unidentified person to make the suspicious post.

Bongbong has been pushing for “unity” as his campaign message. For him, unity is the first step to recovering from the Covid-19 crisis.

Through his “unity” message, he also stressed that he will not get involved in negative campaigning such as engaging in a war of words with his rivals in the 2022 presidential race.

He is running under the banner of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas alongside presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio of Lakas-CMD.