The Manila Times : Bongbong, Sara keep survey lead

14 February 2022

By Kaithreen Cruz | The Manila Times

THE partnership of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio maintained their lead in surveys after dominating the January poll of Pulse Asia.

Marcos topped Pulse Asia's presidential survey at 60 percent, improving on the 53 percent he garnered last December.

The pollster said the standard bearer of the Partido Federal Filipino party was the top pick in all geographic areas and socio-economic groupings. He had 66 percent in Mindanao, 61 percent in the rest of Luzon, 57 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR), and 53 percent in the Visayas.

Marcos also posted 61 percent for socio-economic class D, 56 percent in class E, and 50 percent in class C.

A distant second was Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo at 16 percent. Robredo had 19 percent each in Balance Luzon and the Visayas was at 19 percent, 16 percent in the NCR, and 8 percent in Mindanao.

Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso each had 8 percent, and Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson had 4 percent.

Scoring below 1 percent are Faisal Mangondato (0.3 percent), former presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abela (0.05 percent), Labor Leader Leody De Guzman (0.02 percent), and former secretary of national defense Norberto Gonzales and Jose Montemayor Jr. at 0 percent each.

Second-choice presidential preferences was Domagoso at 24 percent, Lacson and Pacquiao at 14 percent each, Robredo at 13 percent, and Marcos Jr. at 10 percent.

Pulse Asia said the survey was conducted during the time the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) Second Division dismissed the petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (CoC) of Marcos over his tax offense conviction.

It was also the time when Marcos skipped a televised interview with GMA Network, saying that host and journalist Jessica Soho was "biased" against him and his family.

During this period, Robredo was endorsed by 23 former government officials — including 14 former Cabinet secretaries serving under then President Fidel Ramos.

The Comelec also junked the petition of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) wing led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to reopen the filing of CoCs and postpone the printing of ballots for the 2022 elections.

Duterte-Carpio ruled the vice presidential poll with 50 percent, up from 45 percent in December. She garnered the highest preference among respondents from Mindanao at 84 percent, followed by the Visayas (47 percent), NCR (40 percent), and the rest of Luzon (36 percent).

The Davao City mayor was also the top pick among socio-economic classes C, D, and E at 53, 49, and 55 percent respectively.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd came in second at 29 percent, followed by Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan (11 percent), Dr. Willie Ong (5 percent), and Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza.

Other vice presidential bets who scored below 1 percent are Manny Lopez, Carlos Serapio, Walden Bello and Rizalito David.

Sotto was the top second choice for the vice presidential post with 35 percent, followed by Duterte-Carpio (15 percent), Pangilinan (14 percent), Ong (11 percent), and Atienza (3 percent).

The top 13 senatorial bets in the Pulse Asia survey are broadcaster Raffy Tulfo, Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, Sorsogon Gov. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, former Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, Sen. Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, Sen. Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian, former vice president Jejomar "Jojo" Binay, former senator Jose "Jinggoy Estrada" Ejercito Jr., Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Sen. Ana Theresia "Risa" Hontiveros, actor Robin Padilla, and former senator Joseph Victor "JV Estrada" Ejercito.

In the 14th to 19th ranks were Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon, former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, former senator and former Department of Information and Communications Technology secretary Gringo Honasan, former presidential spokesman Harry Roque, former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, and former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th.

Pulse Asia conducted face-to-face interviews with 2,400 respondents from January 19 to 24.

In a related development, El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde has pledged the support of the Catholic charismatic group for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

The 82-year-old Velarde raised the hands of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio during the group's gathering in Parañaque City recently.

The televangelist said he was particularly drawn by the resolve of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio to unite the country if they win in the May elections.

Velarde said El Shaddai is not asking for any favor in return, just for the tandem to solve the country's problems.

"Kailangan masolusyonan nila, kaya lang hindi pwedeng gawin 'yun kung walang suporta ang bayan. Kaya kailangan magkaisa tayo sa namumuno sa atin (They need to come up with solutions, but they cannot do it without the support of the nation. We need to be one with our leaders)," Velarde said.

He assured the candidates that all the group's chapters in the country and overseas will back Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

Marcos said UniTeam's message of unity and El Shaddai's message of love "work very well together." Today, February 14, the UniTeam will hold a rally at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City.

WITH KRISTINA MARALIT