By Jaime Pilapil | The Manila Times
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. emerged No. 1 among Ilonggo voters, according to a survey conducted by Panay News, one of the leading newspapers in Western Visayas.
Marcos, with 28 percent, was the top choice in the survey conducted from February 24 to 29, 2016 in the four provinces of Panay Island, lone district of Guimaras and seven congressional districts of Negros Occidental among 1,800 respondents.
Closely behind the Ilocano lawmaker was fellow Sen. Francis Escudero with 26 percent, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, 21 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, 10 percent, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, 9 percent and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, 3 percent.
Marcos is the favorite vice presidential candidate among the youth and among classes A, B and C.
For the presidential candidates, Sen. Grace Poe topped the survey at 26 percent, followed by former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd at 25 percent, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte at 17 percent, Vice President Jejomar Binay at 15 percent and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago at 13 percent.
In a separate survey conducted by the Manila Standard-Laylo Poll from February 24 to March 1, Marcos was the choice for 24 percent of respondents, a figure that statistically remained unchanged despite the negative campaigning against him during the survey period.
He got 25 percent in the January 2016 survey of the Laylo Poll.
In Metro Manila, Marcos bagged the top spot at 31 percent along with Escudero.
Marcos, however, was the undisputed choice for voters in the ABC classes with a 32 percent preference.
The senator said that he will continue sending his message of uniting the country rather than causing division by engaging in negative campaigning.
“We are thankful for the strong support. The people seem to accept my message. We will continue with our message of unity and solidarity to give a better, progressive future for the Filipino people,” he said.