By Javier Joe Ismael | The Manila Times
Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., standard-bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, continued to lord it over his rivals in the race to Malacañang in the 2022 elections as shown by the latest face-to-face survey conducted by Radio Mindanao Network (RMN)-APCoRE.
In the survey that was held from November 23 to 29, at least 55 percent of 2,400 respondents said their preferred choice was Marcos, while Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso were tied at second and third places with identical 13 percent.
Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, who dropped out of the race for president last week, received 8 percent, Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, 4 percent, and Sen. Panfilo Lacson, 3 percent.
Lagging behind at seventh and eighth spots, respectively, were Ernesto Abella and Leodegario de Guzman, with a similar 0.17 percent, followed by Norberto Gonzales in ninth place with 0.08 percent.
Former military general Antonio Parlade did not receive any votes, and at least 4 percent were undecided.
The latest RMN survey reinforced previous polls by other firms such as SWS, Publicus, Kalye Survey and DZRH, among others, showing Marcos pulling away from the pack of other 2022 contenders five months before the May 2022 elections.
Even if the results are clearly in his favor, Marcos said the BBM-Sara UniTeam will not be complacent and will continue to espouse a unifying leadership, which he said is the only way for the country to get back on its feet after the debilitating pandemic.