AMID continued vilification for his comments on the rape of an Australian missionary, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got a bit of good news on Tuesday: He maintained his lead over the other presidential aspirants in the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN Corp., was conducted from April 5 to 10, more than a week before Duterte’s controversial rape comments were splashed on media.
The mayor scored 32 percent, seven points higher than Sen. Grace Poe’s 25 percent.
Tied for third place were Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd who got 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got one percent.
Pulse Asia interviewed 4,000 registered voters nationwide for the survey, which has a margin error of +/- 1.5 percent.
Duterte’s camp said it is humbled by the latest survey result and will continue to reach out to more voters.
“We need to convert and convince others that the path to real change is through the unparalleled and decisive leadership that Mayor Duterte has been providing us,” said Leoncio Evasco Jr., Duterte’s campaign manager.
Poe, meanwhile, said she respects results of the survey.
“Nakatuon ang ating atensyon sa mga programa na susugpo sa kahirapan at magpapabuti sa kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan. Naniniwala ako na sa araw ng halalan, pipili ang mga botante ng isang lider na makatao at may galing, para sa kabutihan ng buong bansa [My attention is focused on programs that seek to end poverty and improve the plight of the people. I believe that on election day, the people will choose a capable leader who will work for the good of the country],” she added.
In the senatorial race, incumbent senators Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto 3rd topped the survey, followed by former senators Francis Pangilinan, Panfilo Lacson and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Boxing star Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, who skipped most of the campaign while training for his third fight against American Timothy Bradley on April 10, climbed to fifth place, while tied for the sixth to 11th places were Joel Villanueva, Sen. Ralph Recto, Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd, former Sen. Richard Gordon and Risa Hontiveros.
Former Secretary Leila de Lima was tied with Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, who was now among 13 candidates with a statistical chance of landing in the Magic 12.