The Manila Times : Bongbong, Sara lead DZRH poll

16 March 2022

By Kaithreen Cruz and Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio emerged as the respondents' top picks in the latest DZRH pre-election survey.

The third edition of the broadcast network's survey, conducted last March 13, showed 49.8 percent of respondents preferring Marcos over the other nine candidates. This was 0.6 percent higher than in DZRH's December poll.

Marcos' closest opponent was Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo with 21.4 percent, which was 5.2 percentage points higher than her December rating.

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso had 9.8 percent; Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, 8 percent; Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, 4.7 percent; Faisal Mangondato, 1.2 percent; labor leader Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman, 0.5 percent; Jose Montemayor Jr., 0.3 percent; former Defense chief Norberto Gonzales, 0.2 percent, and former Palace spokesman Ernesto "Ernie" Abella, 0.2 percent.

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DZRH, an election partner of The Manila Times, said 3.9 percent of respondents were undecided on whom to support in the elections.

Duterte-Carpio widened her lead in the vice presidential race with 51.8 percent, a 1.3 percentage point increase over her December rating.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd was second with 17.9 percent, 2.8 percent less than in the previous survey. Support for Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan increased by 4 percent after he posted 14.2 percent.

Dr. Willie Ong was fourth with 7.7 percent; Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza had 1.2 percent; lawyer Carlos Serapio, 0.7 percent; Manny Lopez, 0.5 percent; Rizalito David, 0.5 percent; and former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello, 0.3 percent.

The survey found that 5.1 percent of respondents had not made up their mind on their preferred vice presidential bet.

The survey had a sample size of 7,566 respondents, and results have a 1.13 percent margin of error.

A February survey by Pulse Asia released on Monday also had Marcos and Duterte-Carpio in the lead.

Marcos tallied 60 percent in the Pulse Asia poll and Duterte-Carpio 53 percent.

Surveys from OCTA Research and Publicus Asia held in February also showed that the two were leading by wide margins.

The OCTA survey showed that Marcos was ahead with 55 percent and Duterte-Carpio leading with 43 percent.

The Publicus Asia poll had Marcos leading with 52.27 percent and Duterte-Carpio with 53.53 percent.

The Pulse Asia survey had 2,400 respondents, OCTA had 1,200 and Publicus Asia had 1,500.

On Tuesday, the UniTeam of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio barnstormed in the towns of Sta. Rosa and Talavera in Nueva Ecija.

During a rally in Talavera, their supporters chanted, "Hindi kami bayad" (We are not paid) in answer to claims that they were paid to attend the event.

Addressing them, Marcos said: "Ang mga tagasuporta ng UniTeam ay naniniwala sa unity; hindi sila bayad (The supporters of the UniTeam believe in unity; they are not paid)."

Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali led the province's local officials in welcoming the tandem to Sta. Rosa.

Umali was joined by his wife, former governor Cherry Umali, who is running for a congressional seat; his brother, reelectionist Vice Gov. Emmanuel Antonio "Doc Anthony" Umali; and other local officials.

In her speech in Sta. Rosa, Duterte-Carpio cited the huge contribution of Nueva Ecija as the rice granary of the Philippines.

Also speaking at the rally were UniTeam Senate candidates Loren Legarda, Larry Gadon, Rodante Marcoleta, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Harry Roque Jr.

In Manila, a group of retired military and police officials expressed their support for Marcos in a manifesto.

The group issued the manifesto days after reports claimed that Robredo had forged an alliance with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People's Army (NPA).

The manifesto's signatories included seven former police, armed forces and Philippine Coast Guard chiefs, nine Medal of Valor awardees, seven former service commanders, and at least 100 retired generals and senior officers.

The group said they believe Marcos will initiate true reforms in their institutions, particularly the police and military.

"For the future of our country, of our children and our children's children, it is incumbent upon all sectors of our society to rally behind and support whoever is chosen by our people through free, fair and honest elections," the group said.

"It is our Constitutional duty as citizens of the Republic to resist any and all efforts to subvert the democratic will of our people," they added.

Among the signatories were former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Roy Cimatu, Benjamin Defensor Jr., Dionisio Santiago and Felimon Santos, and former PNP chief Gen. Avelino Razon Jr.

The former coast guard chiefs were Admirals Damian Carlos and Danilo Abinoja.

The Medal of Valor awardees were Ariel Querubin, Noel Buan, Roberto Salvador, Hilario Estrella, Bienvenido Fajemolin, Leopoldo Diokno, Lucio Curig, Roy Cuenca and Francisco Granpil.

Lacson has cautioned Robredo about a possible "communist infiltration" in her campaign and urged her team "to take appropriate action."

Robredo has strongly denied her camp is conspiring with communist rebels, saying she is being red-tagged by her rivals.

The allegations surfaced after Cavite Rep. Crispin Remulla said members of the communist movement attended Robredo's rally in General Trias, Cavite, recently.