By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has widened his lead in the latest survey of the broadcast company DZRH.
The second-wave survey of DZRH's Desisyon 2022, conducted on December 11 to 12, showed that Marcos is the preferred choice over seven other candidates of 49.2 percent of the respondents.
Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo got 16.2 percent while Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso placed third with 10.4 percent.
Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao placed fourth (8.2 percent), followed by Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, who has withdrawn his certificate of candidacy (5.8 percent), and Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (4.9 percent).
Retired general Antonio Parlade and labor leader Leody de Guzman each had less than 1 percent, while 4.5 percent of the respondents were undecided.
The latest DZRH survey has a sample size of 7,614 respondents from the country's 17 regions, with a margin of error of 1.13 percent.
Marcos, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer, enjoyed the lead in Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) with 75.3 percent, Ilocos Region (74.7 percent), Davao Region (68.3 percent), and Cagayan Valley (64.3 percent).
Four regions gave Marcos a more than 50 percent voters' preference: Calabarzon or Cavite, Laguna, Batanga, Rizal and Quezon (50.8 percent); Eastern Visayas (56.1 percent); Northern Mindanao (57.0 percent), and Soccsksargen (54.4 percent).
Robredo, a Bicolana, led in the Bicol Region with 57.6 percent, with Marcos placing second with 23.8 percent.
In terms of percentage, there were more in Bicol (23.8 percent) preferring Marcos than those in the Ilocos Region preferring Robredo for president (10.5 percent).
Robredo got a rating of 10.1 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR), while Domagoso got 26.8 percent.
The survey showed that fewer respondents in Bicol (5.6 percent) prefer Domagoso than those who prefer Robredo for president in the NCR (10.1 percent).
Countrywide, Domagoso earned single-digit ratings in Regions 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).
Robredo also got seven single-digit ratings in CAR, Caraga Region, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, and Regions 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Marcos has the highest voters' preference rating in CAR at 75.3 percent and the lowest in Bicol at 23.8 percent.
In late November, Go said he was dropping out of the race because he did not want President Rodrigo Duterte to be "trapped in the middle."
The senator had filed his candidacy for vice president but later opted to seek the presidency.
Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who is running for vice president, chose to team up with Marcos.
President Duterte earlier branded Marcos as a "weak leader," while praising Go as "honest" and hardworking.
Marcos' candidacy is being challenged at the Commission on Elections over his tax evasion conviction in 1995.