One News : BBM, Sara Maintain Lead In Latest OCTA Survey; Lacson Believes People’s Will To Determine 17th Phl President

1 March 2022

By Michael Punongbayan | One News

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. got a 55 percent overall voter preference score among presidential candidates while his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio received 43 percent.

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, again showed commanding leads in the latest OCTA Research Group Tugon ng Masa presidential and vice presidential survey.

Results of the poll conducted from Feb. 12 to 17 with 1,200 respondents from all social classes nationwide released on Monday, Feb. 28, reveal that less than three months before the May 9 elections, most voters still prefer to vote for the former senator and presidential daughter tandem.

Marcos got a 55 percent overall voter preference score and led in all geographical areas including Metro Manila, where he had 46 percent, balance Luzon with 56 percent, the Visayas with 47 per-cent and Mindanao with 65 percent.

Survey results showed that he also led in all social classes with a 58 percent voter preference score for the A,B, and C classes; 54 percent in the D class, and 55 percent in the E class.

Vice President Leni Robredo was a far second with an overall voter preference score of 15 percent after getting 12 percent in Metro Manila, 18 percent in balance Luzon, 34 percent in the Visayas and four percent in Mindanao.

The survey showed her getting the support of 18 percent of the A, B ,and C class; 15 percent of the D class and 14 percent of the E class.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno came in third with an overall score of 11 percent, followed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 10 percent and Sen. Panfilo Lacson with three percent.

In the presidential survey, six percent of the respondents either refused to answer, said they do not know who they are voting for or they had not chosen anyone to vote for yet.

For vice president, survey results showed Duterte-Carpio in the lead with an overall voter preference score of 43 percent after receiving 40 percent in Metro Manila, 24 percent in balance Luzon, 43 percent in the Visayas and 83 percent in Mindanao.

Like Marcos, she was also the most preferred candidate in all social classes with 45 percent for the A, B, and C classes; 42 percent in the D class, 48 percent in the E class.

Senate President Vicente Sotto is not that far behind as he trails Duterte-Carpio with an overall voter preference score of 33 percent after getting 40 percent in Metro Manila, 46 percent in balance Luzon, 28 percent in the Visayas and eight percent in Mindanao.

Ranking third in the survey is Sen. Kiko Pangilinan with 10 percent followed by Dr. Willie Ong with seven percent; Lito Atienza with one percent and Rizalito David and Manny Lopez getting zero points.

The same OCTA survey again showed that when asked who their second choices were in the event that their first pick for president will not continue with their candidacies, Moreno, like in previous surveys, emerged as the top choice with an overall score of 29 percent.

He is followed by Robredo with 16 percent, Marcos with 13 percent, Pacquiao with 12 percent, Lacson with 11 percent, Leody de Guzman with one percent, Norberto Gonzales with 0.5 percent and Faisal Mangondato with 0.2 percent.

People’s will, not surveys

For Lacson, the will of the people through their votes, not pre-election surveys, will determine who will lead the country over the next six years.

Lacson remained confident in his chances to become the Philippines’ 17th president.

“I remain unperturbed by the survey results because the truth is, we should look to (Election Day on) May 9, because if we keep believing the results of the surveys, all of us who stood there last night have already lost,” Lacson told reporters in a mix of English and Filipino during an interview following a campaign sortie in Quezon province on Monday.

He was referring to “The Filipino Votes: Presidential Debate 2022” staged by CNN Philippines at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, Feb. 27, a forum that survey frontrunner Marcos again declined to participate in.

With about 70 days left before Election Day, the former national police chief is confident Filipinos are steadily waking up to the reality of who is the most qualified among the candidates to lead the nation until 2028.

Lacson also expressed his belief that Filipino voters are more independent-minded and are not easily swayed by surveys and the outward appearances projected by his opponents for the presidency.

He said many things may still happen over the last two-plus months of the official campaign period, especially with candidates willingly attending forums and debates like the one hosted by CNN Philippines.

“Walang tutor, walang script, pati cellphone ipinagbawal niyo pa, so walang makakapag-Google. So, dito masusukat, maaarok ‘yung wisdom ng bawat isa sa amin, at hindi lamang ‘yung wisdom kundi ‘yung grasp sa mga issues— current issues, past issues (No tutor, no script, even cellphones you have banned, so nobody can Google (their answers). So, we can really measure and understand the wisdom of each of the candidates, and not just their wisdom but their grasp of the issues – current issues, past issues),” Lacson said during the debate.

“We should encourage more debates like this that are face-to-face, and hopefully all of us (candidates) would be here,” the three-term senator added.

Bicol brownouts

Acknowledging that brownouts are a perennial problem in the whole region, Marcos vowed to end such woes in the Bicol region if elected.

He promised that Bicolanos won’t have to endure such difficulty under his presidency.

Marcos said he “feels the intolerable hardship that the Bicolanos are experiencing because of the endless brownout, which had been prevalent in the region for almost a decade.”

“This has tremendous effect in the daily lives and livelihood of our kababayan in Bicol region. They are already not comfortable in their houses and offices, I am sure many appliances have been destroyed because of the never ending brownout in Bicolandia,” Marcos said.

The situation is aggravated every time a strong typhoon hits the region, like Typhoons Quinta and Ulysses, super Typhoon Rolly and recently Odette last December.

The scarcity of electric power has also affected the online classes of students.

The Bicol region is composed of six provinces – Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon.

Marcos said that aside from “temporary solutions” that are being implemented, what is needed is a long-term solution that will lead to the eradication of the problem.

The Ilocos region, where Marcos served as governor, had experienced the same predicament until a wind farm was constructed in the shoreline of Bangui.

The Bangui Wind Farm and the Nabas Wind Farm in Aklan have become viable sources of energy, aside from being tourist attractions.

Marcos said it is time to conduct studies on alternative renewable energy sources to ease the burden of Filipinos, especially those in the provinces.

“We will use natural sources of energy. We will no longer use coal. We will not use fossil fuel. We must have an alternative and the renewables must always be available,” Marcos said.

The scarcity of electric power in some areas is also one of the reasons why some investors are having second thoughts on investing in the country.

“This has been a constant sticking point with all of our investors, not only foreign investors but even local investors… They claimed that electricity rates are too high,” Marcos said, noting the problem could be solved through public-private partnership.