Davao mayor tops Pulse Asia survey


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.

Drilon leads
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.


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  1. Norman Mauricio on

    Eto ang tanong, susunod ba kayo, tayo? Ang problema ng Pilipinas ay di lider, kung hindi ang mga tao! Dami kasing hari harian, pasaway at hambog. Maski sino ang ihalal, kung di susunod ang Pinoy, wala rin. Wag kayong magalit sa akin dahil nagsasabi lang naman ako ng totoo. Ang PROBLEMA NG PILIPINAS, TAYO LANG ANG MAKA LULUTAS KUNG SUSUNOD TAYO AT ANG INTERES NG BAYAN MUNA ANG ATING UUNAHIN AT HINDI ANG PANG SARILING O PANG PAMILYANG INTERES. Kung sino man manalo, sigurado ko may mga mag hahari harian din diyan!

    • Yes, no amount of Duterte’s flawed manners, when he is in fact, the true leader to handle the basic problem of the nation for us to see the dawn of real change, sorry no amount of saying no to Duterte, he is on his way, surely!!

  2. noel salaysay on

    The Philippines need a strong,decisive person as President.Binay and Duterte fits that description. Governing 100 million Filipinos for 6 years is not an on-the job position.