Manila Bulletin : 'Poetic justice' seen in Bongbong Marcos' impressive performance in surveys

27 October 2021

By Manila Bulletin

A leader of a major transport group supporting the presidential candidacy of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. believes that his impressive performance in recent surveys is ‘poetic justice’ being done by the electorate following his controversial loss in the 2016 vice-presidential race.

“BBM’s performance in these recent surveys is in itself ‘poetic justice.’ There are already signs that the 2022 elections will be a reckoning for some of the other candidates. If indeed the 2016 vice-presidential race was closely contested, we should have seen that in the surveys by now. Where are the more than 14 million who allegedly voted for Robredo?” said Roberto “Ka Obet” Martin, National President of the Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda) on Monday, October 25.

A recently published Presidential Preference Survey of a firm showed Marcos dominating after garnering 49.3 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo only got 21.3 percent. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno had 8.8 percent followed by Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson with 2.9 percent, and Senator Manny Pacquiao with 2.8 percent.

The results also showed the former Senator pulling away in key voting areas such as in the National Capital Region (NCR), where he got 40 percent of the votes, while in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon, he received 55.7 percent of the votes. In Southern Luzon, he received 38.2 percent, while in the Visayas, he registered 44.7 percent. The former Ilocos Norte governor capped it with a 62.5 percent voter preference in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, a Manila Bulletin (MB) Facebook online presidential survey conducted from October 15 to 17 saw Marcos emerging as the top presidential candidate over Robredo and Moreno.

The poll produced 839,000 respondents who were asked to vote for their preferred candidates by using their assigned emoji.

Marcos won convincingly after amassing 612,470 “heart” emojis. He was followed by Robredo with 201,360 “care” emojis, and Domagoso with 16,750 “like” emojis as they emerged as the top three preferred presidential candidates for the 2022 national election.