By Kaithreen Cruz and Kristina Maralit | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the November survey of Publicus Asia Inc. on presidential and vice presidential preferences for the 2022 elections.
The results of the survey, which Publicus released Friday, showed Marcos having a 56.7 percent share among presidential candidates, with a 41.3 percent lead over the second placer, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo.
Publicus said the standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Filipinas was up around 7 percent from the 49 percent he garnered in the October poll.
It said the son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand Marcos "holds commanding leads across all regional groups", especially in the Northern and Central Luzon and in Mindanao."
Marcos' lead narrowed in the National Capital Region and Southern Luzon, where Robredo was polling at 26.9 percent and 22.1 percent, respectively.
Trailing Marcos and Robredo were Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso at 6.9 percent, Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go (4.1 percent), Senators Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquaio (3 percent) and Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (2.9 percent), former spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte Ernesto Abella (0.4 percent), labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman (0.3 percent), and former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) spokesman Antonio Parlade Jr. (0.1 percent).
The undecided were at 8.8 percent, and 1.5 percent did not choose a presidential bet.
In the vice presidential derby, Duterte-Carpio notched 54.4 percent, a 44.3 percent edge over Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd, who came in second.
Publicus said Duterte-Carpio's lead was most prominent in Mindanao. It was narrowest in NCR and Southern Luzon.
Sotto's 10 percent was a sizeable drop from his 17.3 percent in October.
The pollster said more people were undecided about their vice presidential bet at 13.7 percent compared to those who preferred Sotto.
Duterte-Carpio was not in Publicus' October survey, having announced her intention to run for a national post after the poll was made.
In third place was Robredo's running mate, Sen, Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, with 9 percent, followed by Dr. Willie Ong (8.9 percent), Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza (1.3 percent) and former lawmaker Walden Bello (0.4 percent).
In terms of tandems, 41.8 percent preferred the Marcos-Duterte-Carpio partnership, while 42.1 percent were indifferent to tandems or preferred split tickets.
The survey was conducted from November 16 to 18, after the deadline for switching candidates for the 2022 polls. It polled 1,500 registered voters from a research panel of 200,000 Filipinos.
Publicus' chief data scientist Dr. David Yap 2nd said the survey was not commissioned.
The survey results came out a day after Domagoso explained his program of action as president during a forum hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Manila mayor and Aksyon Demokratiko candidate said his priority will be the strengthening of the country's health system, the revival of small industries for jobs regeneration, and working with Congress for legislation to slash taxes on fuel and electricity.
He vowed that an "Isko Moreno government" will also focus on the minimum basic needs of the people, especially those that will improve the human development index — health, education, housing, and jobs and livelihood.
Domagoso said his administration will also ensure public schools and teachers will be provided with gadgets and free internet bandwidth, school supplies, and Covid-19 hygiene kits.
He said he will urge local government units (LGUs) to partner with government financial institutions to help small and medium enterprises get back on their feet through zero-interest bridge financing.
"The impact of several lockdowns has wrought havoc on their operations, whether on tourism, related services, retail and even manufacturing. If we are able to save them through some mini-Marshall plan with the national and local government joining the effort, we will create more jobs, opportunities and livelihood. As we all know, MSMEs constitute the bulk of our employers," Domagoso said.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern a "law and order crisis" will emerge after he steps down from office next year.
Speaking at a Joint National Task Force-Regional Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict Mimaropa Meeting in Calapan, Mindoro last Thursday night, Duterte said he fears a resurgence of criminal activities that will have Filipinos living in chaos and paranoia.
"In six months I'll be out. I really do not know. I'm worried about two things: crime and drugs are number one, and also the NPA (New People's Army)," the President said.
Duterte expressed hope the next administration, whether it will be an ally or from the opposition, would strive to ensure peace and order across the nation.
"'Yung mga drugs, they are vicious. Galit talaga ako sa droga. I don't know pagka hindi na ako ang presidente… I hope hindi sila babalik. Ang problema kung babalik at hindi makontrol and we go again into a cycle of internecine with Filipinos. Iyan ang worry ko (I'm really against drugs. I don't know if I'm done being president… I hope they don't come back. The problem is if they do come back and not controlled and we go again into a cycle of internecine with Filipinos)," he said.
Duterte lamented how the Senate significantly slashed the proposed 2022 budget allocated for NTF-Elcac from P28 billion to P4 billion.
He said he is concerned that the gains made by the agency will go to waste and communities would once again come under the influence of left-leaning forces.
"Kaya itong Elcac pinakamahusay na sana na program to date na binigay natin sa kanila. Brainchild ito ni [National Security Adviser Hermogenes] Esperon. 'Yung budget nila na P28 billion? Ginawa na lang P4 billion ng mga senador (This Elcac is supposedly the best program to date that we've given them, the brainchild of Esperon. Their budget of 28 billion? Slashed to 4 billion by the senators," said Duterte.