Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. increased their leads over their rivals in the presidential and vice presidential surveys following the filing of the certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections last Oct. 12 to 16, a survey by the Magdalo group showed.
Citing the poll’s results, Malaya Business Insight columnist Ellen Tordesillas said Marcos now places second to Senator Francis Escudero as the preferred vice presidential candidate.
The namesake of former President Ferdinand Marcos posted the biggest gain while the numbers two other contenders, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, remained stagnant.
For her part, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo’s survey ranking improved a bit though she remained at the bottom with Senator Gregorio Honasan.
Meanwhile, Poe has seen her lead over other presidential aspirants increase as it now appears that Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has started snatching votes away from administration standard bearer Mar Roxas in the Panay region composed of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo.
Santiago is from Iloilo while Roxas is from Capiz.
Tordesillas offered an explanation for Roxas’ now-stagnant rating: “The surge in popularity of Liberal Party’s candidate Mar Roxas after the endorsement of President Aquino and his declaration to run for the presidency in 2016 seems to have ended.
His numbers have remained the same and have not been boosted by having the much-admired Leni Robredo as his running mate.”
Aside from Poe, Roxas and Santiago, the presidential aspirants included in the Magdalo survey were Vice President Jejomar Binay, who placed second, former congressman Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco, and OFW party-list Rep. Roy Señeres.
Tordesillas noted that the results of the Magdalo survey was still incomplete as the interviews in Northern Luzon and Cebu were rendered incomplete because of typhoon Lando.