By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. continues to solidify his foothold in Mindanao as shown by street surveys where he remained the top choice of those polled, his camp claimed on Sunday.
It said that the series of Kalye (street) Surveys conducted recently by vloggers in different areas in Mindanao showed Marcos edging out other presidential candidates.
Marcos is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas banner. He has yet to pick his running mate.
In the Kalye Surveys conducted by vloggers of Bugwak TV in Butuan City, Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, and Surigao City, Marcos was the "preferred candidate of the working class." Bugwak vloggers roamed busy streets, bus terminals, marketplaces, and randomly approached individuals or groups of people and asked them to choose from a list of presidential candidates.
"Pinaka-da best sa pagka-presidente ng ating nasyon. Kwalipikado (The best presidential candidate of our country. [He's] qualified," an unidentified government employee said in explaining his choice.
"Lahat kami dito (All of us here are for) Bongbong. Wala ng iba (No one else). Bongbong lang," another respondent, a security guard, said.
A tricycle driver in Gingoog said, "May klarong programa, di lang para sa bayan niya kundi sa buong Pilipinas (Marcos] has [a] clear program [of government] not just in his hometown [in Ilocos Norte] but in the entire Philippines)." The other respondents said that Marcos has political will.
"The real time, real man surveys mirrored the result of the recently published Presidential Preference Survey of PUBLiCUS Asia where Marcos got a whopping 62.5 percent voter preference in Mindanao," his office said on Sunday.
Marcos' camp on October 24 said his lead in the 3rd quarter presidential survey by PUBLiCUS Asia validated the results of the series of Kalye Survey conducted in the first two weeks of October.
The survey released by PUBLiCUS Asia on October 22 showed the big lead of the Partido Federal standard bearer.
"Both the scientific and real-time street surveys also confirmed that Bongbong is widely chosen by the respondents as their Best Bet for president in next year's elections," the Marcos camp said.
In PUBLiCUS' Pahayag survey, Marcos' camp said he was "way ahead" of the other presidential aspirants as more voters showed an "overwhelming preference" for him in key voting areas.
In the National Capital Region, Marcos secured over 40 percent of the votes, while in North and Central Luzon, he got a whopping 55.7 percent.
In South Luzon, he obtained 38.2 percent, while in the Visayas, he registered 44.7 percent. Marcos cornered 62.5 percent voter preference in Mindanao. Marcos got a total presidential preference vote of 49.3 percent followed by Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo with 21.3 percent, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso with 8.8 percent, Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson with 2.9 percent, and Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao with 2.8 percent.
Marcos also dominated the Kalye Surveys conducted by different vloggers in various parts of Metro Manila and in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon from October 1 to 11.
Of the total 2,137 respondents, 1,307 expressed their preference for Marcos. Moreno came second with 345; while Robredo placed third with 231.
The results for the four others were: Pacquiao, 125; Lacson, 89; and Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, 23.
Based on the results of the Pahayag survey and the Kalye Survey, Marcos would be a runaway winner in the presidential race if the elections were held on those survey dates.