By Jeanne Michael Penaranda
MANILA – If the recent Pulse Asia survey is to be the gauge and to be believed, President Rodrigo Duterte and daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio would be the winning tandem for the May 9, 2022 presidential elections.
Observers said the survey suggests support for the elder Duterte, 76, to stay in power longer as vice president as he is barred by the constitution to run for reelection as president.
For Duterte’s friend turned critic, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, it would be better to run for another six-year term as senator as he now fared behind in the presidential and vice presidential survey but is number one in the senatorial list.
The Pulse Asia survey held from June 7 to 16 with 2,400 respondents placed Duterte on top of the heap of 15 potential candidates for vice president, with 18% of the vote, while his daughter Sara ranked number one in the presidential contest, with 28% support.Behind Mayor Sara in the survey were Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso with 14%, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 13%, Senator Grace Poe with 10%, Senator Pacquiao (8%), Vice-President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (6%) and Senator Panfilo Lacson (4%).Others included in the survey were Senator Christopher Lawrence Bong Go who got 3%, former vice president Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano and former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who got 2% each.
Those who got less than 1% were Senator Richard Gordon and former Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who both got 0.3%. Former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and former Defense Secretary Gilberto Gibo Teodoro, both registered 0.1%.
Meanwhile, Sara still widened her lead among her contenders in the presidency if voters’ original choice for president will not run in May 2022. A total of 16% of Filipinos chose Sara as their second preference for the presidency.
Poe got second spot with 13% followed by Marcos with 13%, and Pacquiao with 12%. Close behind them is Go with 9%, Moreno with 8%, Cayetano with 7% and Robredo with 6%.In the vice presidential survey, President Duterte is followed closely by Mayor Isko Moreno at 14%, Senate President Vicente Sotto III (10%), Marcos (10%), Pacquiao (9%), Cayetano (8%), Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero (7%), Go (5%), “Wowowin” host Willie Revillame (4%), Senator Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara (3%), Trillanes and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar (2%) and Teodoro (1%).
For Filipinos’ second preference in the vice presidential race, Pacquiao led the contenders with 13%, followed by Marcos with 13%, Moreno with 11%, Sotto with 11% and Go with 9%.
Also, Cayetano is one the second choice of Filipinos for vice president with 8%. Duterte also got 8%, Revillame and Escudero both received 7%, and Trillanes registered 4%.