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One News : Bongbong, Sara Top Picks For President, VP – Pulse Asia

News & Interviews
23 December 2021

By Janvic Mateo | One News

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo welcomed the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the upcoming elections, saying the presidential race is now clearly between her and former senator Ferdinand Marcos.

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio emerged as the most preferred candidates for president and vice president, respectively, in the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 1 to 6 with the results released on Wednesday, Dec. 22, showed Marcos with a significant lead of 53% of respondents choosing him as their preferred candidate for president.

In second spot is Vice President Leni Robredo with 20%, followed by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who tied in third spot with 8%, and Sen. Panfilo Lacson with 6%.

The results showed that Marcos leads in all areas and socio-economic classes, with 61% of support among respondents in Metro Manila, 51% in Balance Luzon, 42% in the Visayas and 64% in Mindanao.

Some 53% of those belonging to class ABC said they will vote for the former senator, 54% among those in class D and 49% among those in class E.

Robredo emerged second in all geographic areas and socio-economic classes, except in Metro Manila where Moreno ranked second among preferred candidates for president.

VP race

In the vice presidential race, Duterte-Carpio is leading with 45% of support, followed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III with 31% and Sen. Francis Pangilinan with 12%.

In fourth place is Dr. Willie Ong with 6%, followed by Rep. Lito Atienza with 1% and former lawmaker Walden Bello with 0.01%.

Across geographic areas, Duterte-Carpio leads among respondents in Metro Manila and Mindanao, while Sotto is ahead among those in balance Luzon.

The two frontrunners are statistically tied in the Visayas, with the Senate President obtaining 39% and the Davao City mayor with 38 %.

Duterte-Carpio is ahead of Sotto by 21 points among those in class ABC (47% versus 26%), 14 points among class D (44% versus 30%) and eight points among class E (48% versus 40%).

Moreno and Sotto emerged as the second choice candidates for president and vice president, respectively.

Bongbong versus Leni anew?

Meanwhile, the camp of Robredo on Wednesday welcomed the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the upcoming elections, saying the presidential race is now clearly between her and Marcos.

“The 12-point jump in VP Leni’s numbers, which more than doubles her results from the last survey, is definitive affirmation of the energy and momentum of the people’s campaign that emerged following her declaration of candidacy on Oct. 7,” Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said.

“2022 is now clearly a Robredo versus Marcos contest. We are confident that in the next four months, VP Leni’s consistent, hands-on leadership and the enthusiastic efforts of our volunteers, will continue to broaden and increase her support,” he added.

Despite Marcos’ wide lead, Gutierrez expressed confidence that they will win in next year’s polls, saying in Filipino, “This is just the start. We will win this.”

Robredo defeated Marcos in the 2016 elections. The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, junked the protests filed by Marcos.

In its survey last September, Marcos obtained 15% of support, while Robredo only had 8%. Leading at the time was Duterte-Carpio, who has since decided to run for vice president.

The Marcos camp, on the other hand, welcomed as a “great Christmas gift” the latest Pulse Asia survey.?Vic Rodriguez, spokesman for Marcos, said the so-called “BBM-Sara UniTeam” thanked their supporters “for continuing rise in their numbers.”

Marcos lawyers have also sought the dismissal of one of the petitions in the Commission on Elections seeking to disqualify him in the presidential race.

In a 54-page memorandum filed last Monday, Dec. 20, lawyers led by former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza insisted that Marcos is eligible to run for president in the May 2022 elections.

Senate preference

According to the latest survey, 14 candidates for senator have statistical chances of winning a spot in the so-called “Magic 12” if elections were held during the survey period.

Among them is President Duterte, who withdrew his candidacy on Dec. 14, ranking 10 to 14 with 35.8% of respondents saying they will vote for him.

Leading the preferred candidates for Senate are former senator, speaker and foreign affairs chief Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (64.1%), broadcaster Raffy Tulfo (60%) and former senators Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (58.7%) and Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero (53.9%).

They were followed by former public works secretary Mark Villar (51.3%), reelectionist Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (49.4%), former vice president Jejomar Binay (41.6%) and reelectionist Senators Joel Villanueva (41.6%) and Sherwin Gatchalian (40.1%).

Following Duterte were actor Robin Padilla (35.6%), reelectionist Sen. Risa Hontiveros (35.5%), and former senators Jinggoy Estrada (34.4%) and JV Ejercito (32.1%).

Outside statistical chances of winning a Senate seat were former senator and information and communications technology secretary Gregorio Honasan (30.5%), former senator Antonio Trillanes IV (27%), reelectionist Sen. Richard Gordon (23.2%), actor and former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista (21.9%), former presidential spokesman Harry Roque (18.7%), and Astra Pimentel (14.9%).

Training them are Alex Lacson (12.7%), detained reelectionist Sen. Leila de Lima (12.3%), human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (10.7%), former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro (9.9%), former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar (9.9%), lawyer Larry Gadon (9.7%), former lawmaker Neri Colmenares (8.6%), Rep. Rodante Marcoleta (7.9%), and actor and former lawmaker Monsour del Rosario (7.6%).

The nationwide survey had 2,400 respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 2% at 95% confidence level. – With Edu Punay