Duterte tops pre-election survey; Escudero leads VP race

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The pre-election survey was conducted days before Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made controversial remarks that drew flak from the public.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte topped a pre-election survey conducted on November 28 — a day after he filed his certificate of candidacy for president.

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Duterte was the choice of 3 out of 10 Filipinos or 30 percent of the respondents of the survey commissioned by the Manila Broadcasting Company and its flagship station DZRH.

The survey was conducted just days before Duterte’s controversial speech at the PDP-Laban party proclamation where he allegedly cursed at Pope Francis and said other remarks that drew flak from the public.

Related: Duterte under fire for comment on Pope Francis

The survey claims a margin of error of 1.14 percent, after a total of 7,436 respondents were interviewed face-to-face by Emeer 2 Research Services. Each respondent was given a questionnaire resembling a sample ballot, asking for his choice for president, vice president and senators.

Among the presidential candidates, Sen. Grace Poe placed second with 25 percent of the votes, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance with 18 percent. Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas came in third with 15 percent, while Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago had scored 6 percent.

Duterte was the presidential bet throughout the country, except in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas. Poe topped the survey results in these regions. 

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Meanwhile, it was Poe’s running mate Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero who topped the vice presidential survey with 28 percent.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. ranked second after garnering 25 percent of the votes.

Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, got 18 percent, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo 13 percent, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV 8 percent.

Liberal Party leads senatorial survey

In the senatorial race, re-electionists Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson led the survey rankings with 58 percent and 54 percent respectively.

They were followed by Sen. Franklin Drilon (47.7.4%), Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (46.97%), Sen. Ralph Recto (45.98%),  Sen. Francis Pangilinan (43.33%), Sen. Sergio Osmena III (37.89%),  Sen. Richard Gordon (37.07%), Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (36.64%), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (36.26%),  former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (33.81%),  Sen. Teofisto Guingona III (26.22%), actor Edu Manzano (21.38%),  Mark Lapid (21.18%),  and Sherwin Gatchalian (19.46%).

Half of these senatorial candidates are from the Liberal Party.