By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. emerged as the clear favorite in this year's presidential election, ranking first in 60 out of 67 provinces, according to latest results of Kalye Surveys.
The figures were based on the tabulation of all Kalye Surveys conducted nationwide as of March 24, where Marcos garnered a commanding lead of 83,168 or 61.1 percent preference vote.
Marcos' closest rival, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo was a far second, with 13,776 or 10.1 percent.
The other main presidential contenders for the May 9 contest - Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, boxing great Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson - received 7.5 percent (10,232), 6.4 percent (8,764) and 2.5 percent (3,350), respectively.
The respondents in all the Kalye Surveys, conducted from October last year up to March 24, totaled 135,406, with the undecided pegged at 12.4 percent.
SPLAT Communications, an information and statistical data provider works with consulting firm Simplified Strategic Solutions to produce the Kalye Survey tabulations.
It also gathered from the same data that Marcos ranked first in 60 out of 67 provinces with available data.
The lowest rank Marcos got was third, but only in one province; while he ranked second in six provinces.
The Kalye Surveys were conducted in 81 provinces but data from only 67 provinces had been uploaded at the time of tabulation.
Robredo ranked first in five provinces, namely Albay, Antique, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.
The vice president ranked second in 23 provinces, third in 19 provinces, fourth in 16 other provinces, and fifth in five others.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, ranked first in two provinces, Davao Occidental and Sarangani. He was second in 26 provinces, third in 17 provinces, fourth, in 17 provinces, and fifth in six others.
Moreno and Lacson did not rank first in any of the provinces.