• Duterte, Marcos top SWS survey

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    FAMILY AFFAIR Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. enjoys a light moment with his family before the start of the debate at the University of Santo Tomas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    FAMILY AFFAIR Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. enjoys a light moment with his family before the start of the debate at the University of Santo Tomas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    FOR the first time since the campaign period started, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte edged out his contenders in the presidential derby to top the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

    The poll, conducted from March 30 to April 2, showed that 27 percent of the respondents picked Duterte. His rating went up by 4 percentage points from the 23 percent rating he got in the SWS survey held from March 8 to 11.

    In the vice presidential survey, Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. remained the top choice of those polled as in previous surveys.

    The latest poll was held after the second presidential debate in Cebu.

    In the latest Pulse Asia survey released on April 1, the Davao mayor received 24 percent, tying with Vice President Jejomar Binay in second place. Sen. Grace Poe topped that survey with a rating of 28 percent.

    Although Poe ranked second in the latest SWS survey with 23 percent, she suffered a huge drop from the 29 percent she got in the previous poll.

    Given the survey’s margin of error +/-3, the senator was statistically tied with Binay who got 20 percent.

    The Vice President jumped two points from his previous 18 percent.

    At third place was administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd who got 18 percent.
    Sen. Miriam Santiago had three percent.

    The survey was done through face-to-face interviews with 1,500 respondents, 92 percent of whom are registered to vote on May 9.

    Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman, said the new SWS survey “affirms the other surveys that have Duterte [in]the clear lead in the presidential race.”

    He added that the increase in support is likely the product of efforts “not just by our candidates and campaign teams but most important by our volunteers and support groups here and abroad.”

    “We shall continue this campaign to gain even more support and be vigilant to thwart attempts to frustrate the true will of our electorate,” Lavina said.

    But Duterte’s campaign manager, Leoncio Evasco Jr., said the team will not be complacent despite the mayor’s surge in the survey.

    “It is not over until it is over,” Evasco added.

    He urged Duterte’s supporters and volunteers to “make sure the support and the results of the surveys are translated into votes.”

    “While we are elated with the results of the recent surveys, we still believe the final arbiter of who will be rightfully elected President [are]the people,” Evasco said.

    Marcos remains on top
    Of the candidates for Vice President, Marcos also pulled away with a rating of 26 percent. The score is almost the same as those he received in the past two surveys.

    He also got 26 percent in the Bilang Pilipino-SWS mobile survey on March 30 and 25 percent in a face-to-face survey conducted from March 8 to 11.

    Marcos’ closest rival, Sen. Francis Escudero, who had a score of 31 percent in the March 30 survey, got 21 percent in the First Quarter survey, shedding seven percentage points from his ratings in early March.

    Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was in a statistical tie with Escudero at 19 percent. This was lower than the 25 percent she got on March 30 and the 22 percent she received in the March 8 to 11 survey.

    Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who engaged Marcos in a verbal tussle during the vice presidential debate on Sunday, had the support of 13 percent of respondents, about the same score that he received in the two surveys in March.

    Sen. Gregorio Honasan 2nd had a score of five percent. Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th also got a score of five percent.

    But Marcos said he will continue to work hard despite topping the SWS survey.

    “With barely a month to go before the May polls, we take this latest news as an inspiration to persevere and work even harder in the last stretch of the campaign season,” he added in a statement.

    Duterte and Marcos also topped a mock election held on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

    In the mock election conducted by the 641-strong Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Paliparan ng Pilipinas, Duterte got 306 votes, followed by Binay, 181; Poe 52; Santiago, 32; and Roxas, 23.

    For Vice President, Marcos got 425 votes; Escudero, 50; Robredo, 49; Cayetano, 46; Honasan, 10; and Trillanes, 7.

    Binay up
    The camp of Binay welcomed the results of the latest survey, saying it is a sign of his “steady rise” as the May 9 polls near.

    “A closer reading of the SWS results shows downward movements for both Mayor Duterte and Senator Poe. On the part of the Vice President, he is grateful for the results. Despite the negativity and hatred being spread against the Vice President, his steady rise shows the strength of his core supporters,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman, said.

    He added that the Vice President will “work harder, together with our various support groups, as election day nears.”

    WITH JOEL M. SY EGCO AND BENJIE VERGARA

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    24 Comments

    1. Hopefully, Pnoy will not resort to cheating.

      Because such an act would be the ultimate disgrace the memory and the bloody struggle of his parents, Cory and Ninoy, who gave their lives to bring back democracy to the Filipino people.

    2. Mabuhay Digong and Bon Bong.. The true feelings of disappointment Filipino people explode because of the connivance and collaborator of Aquino government to the YELLOW ELITIST business man that brings the Filipino into hardships. Selfish and the worst President Philippines ever had. Irresponsible person. What about the Basilan fighting, 18 Filipino Soldiers again and several wounded. Nothing heared from this President till now.

    3. Tulungan ninyo ako ‘ mga kababayan. Dina tayo puwedeng maghintay pa nang election sa may 9-2016. Magsasama sama tayong ibulgar ang mga ginagawa nang ating govbernong naka upo sa mga sandaling itong nang election. kung mahal ninyo ang ating mga familia una salahat. narito ako para sa ikabubuti nang ating bansa, nang ating familia at ating kapwa pilipino, labas at loob nang bansa, may dapat kayong malaman, more than 100-million pilipino people ginawa nila tayong bulag bingi at slave nang kani kanilang sariling interest na di nila kayang dalhin hanging sa kanilang libingan. tulugan ninyo akong ilantad ang mga nalalaman nang ating mga kababayan tungkol sa ngayon nakaupong government. 32-years na ang nagdaan lalo tayong naghihirap na di naman dapat. kung sino ang gustong tumulong mag bigay kayo nang comment dito sa pahayag natin . salamat’ FM.

    4. Duterte .. please do not tell lies … for sure you can’t or will not be able to solve crimes in 6 years how much more 3-6 months.. you are just full of empty promises ..HAMBOG . you shout to all Filipinos that Davao city is the safest city in the Philippines … no,no,no Davao is the 4th city with the highest crimes .l no to liar du30 ..

      We need untainted candidate like Senator Grace Poe .. she is the leader that is decent .. pro-active ..she is the leader that walk the talk and will lead us to progressive Philippines … mabuhay ka Poe.

      Du30 is a person that knows how to manipulate people ..he came from no

      where and now he is the talk of the town.His behavior seems likened to

      Hitler ..wherein HITLER can brainwashed many people ,educated ,wealthy

      ordinary people. Wake up Philippines do not vote for a future dictator

      … we have to fight for our democracy …we know if duterte will be

      elected he will be the 2nd coming of martial law then we will be a

      communist nation ,,,MARK MY WORDS .. IT IS IN MY GUT FEELING ..THAT WILL

      HAPPENED .WE NEED TO ELECT SENATOR GRACE POE THE UNTAINTED CANDIDATE

      .SHE IS SMART,BRAVE ,RESILIENT ,SINCERE AND COMPASSIONATE. mabuhay poe.

      DUDIRTY IS THE LEADER THAT WILL LEAD US TO GENOCIDE .DU30 IS HOT TEMPER …DU30 HAS MOTOR MOUTH ..HE DO NOT THINK FIRST BEFORE OPENING HIS MOTOR MOUTH .. “IPINAHIYA NIYA ANG AMBASSADOR NG MEXICO” IF HE WILL BE OUR LEADER OUR COUNTRY CAN EASILY WAGE WAR TO OTHER NATION BECAUSE OF HIM BEING HOT TEMPER PERSON …. .. HE HAS NO CONTROL OF HIS DIARRHEA MOUTH .. THE FILT OOZING FROM HIS MOUTH ..NO TO DU30 …THE FUTURE DICTATOR .

      LET US VOTE FOR SENATOR GRACE POE THE UNTAINTED ,COMPETENT, SINCERE LEADER THAT WILL LEAD US TO PROSPERITY.

      WE ARE WELL INFORMED ,EDUCATED SMART VOTER … BECAUSE WE ARE VOTING FOR
      GRACE POE .. SHE IS THE ONE CAN LEAD US TO A NEW PROGRESSIVE
      PHILIPPINES … NEW COUNTRY WITH DIGNITY ,RESPECT FOR OTHERS RIGHTS .

    5. It is said that the people deserve their rulers. The past regimes was a long process of purgation and this outgoing one beinh the last nail in the head. If this trend will continue, Filipinos really deserve the likes of Duterte and Bongbong. There is hope for real change…

    6. In contrast, I prefer having surveys, because this is a good measuring reference specially 4 candidates are in close poll rates. By the survey results the candidates will exerts more effort to trash talk to their rivals which is interesting for us to know more about our candidates. Cheating will of course might happened but we are Filipinos, we have ouster presidents before because of cheating. At least with the survey results we can prepare ourselves and do the adjustment before voting comes.

    7. Jazmine dela cruz on

      Mark my word! Digong and marcos.kahit ano gawin ng admin no chance to win in presidential.kasi naman tutulog lang admin sa nangyayari sa mindanao.that is why, digong and marcos will win on may 9.kamay na bakal ang kailangan natin.

    8. I agree to the idea that one month before the election, no surveys should be released to the public! Surveys would give the leading ones an advantage because peopl would like to be associated with the winners! So survey makers please no more surveys now! Thank you!

    9. Stop doing the surveys . It is not good to preempt what people are thinking.
      It opens up more to cheating and manipulation of the minds.
      Allow people to think for themselves .

      The next 30 days must be free of all Surveys. DEMAND TO STOP SURVEYS !

    10. I am not so keen on this Bongbing, because he has his own agenda. His statement saying that if the mayor won’t deliver his promise to eradicate criminality, drugs and corruption; the mayor should relinquish his the presidency to him.

      God bless the mayor. I hope nothing happens to him and I hope that he will have full support from those around him especially from the politicians. I wish senator Cayetano will pull it off in the end with mayor Duterte.

    11. Now the big problem is cheating…the Emperor will do all he can for his horse to win. Walang daya-an, Mr. Aquino. Let the people decide. We have had enough of your meddling and conniving … it’s time for you to leave us alone…go retire somewhere in peace and let this country be run by someone who is really serious about moving this nation forward.

    12. Samuel Santos on

      Whether a reader believes on surveys or not, still these surveys leave the reader something to think about.

    13. Johnny Ramos on

      At this point we should not be swayed by these surveys because it has tendency to manipulate the minds of our people. What will happen if the results of the election will not conform to surveys? This is reason why our Comelec are always blame as the culprit of cheatings. This is phenomenon always happen after every election in this country? That is why our candidates never accepted defeat every after election. They will cry they were cheated and never will they accept defeat. I was present in main tabulation headquarters of UNO in Makati city during 2004 election up the 4th day of own count. I have seen the actual COCs arriving in the area and when they saw the results of their own official copies that FPJ was losing they decided to stop their count in the Makati Coleseum and went to the streets and shouting they were cheated. This will happen again because of this surveys because most of the candidates though surveys are more official than the Comelec count. Comelec will always be blame to any results because of the surveys. We have really a dishonest people that they never tell any surveyors their real truth of their sentiments. Most voters can be swayed by the power of monies especially the masses. Kadalasan pa ang maiingay na mga elitista ay di bumiboto dahil sa mahabang bakasyon at ayaw nila mainitan sa mga polling places.

      • This is repulsive. And how could we end this cycle?Is there any hope? It is so embarrassing. Is this even a civilized society, because this is beyond corruption.

    14. By the looks of this survey, many electorates are not critical thinkers.
      Duterte is the choice of the angry people and Marcos is the choice of the uninformed.

      • The vote for Marcos is the frustration of the failures of government to arrive at inclusive growth in spite of the well articulated economic growth. Poverty and criminality is causing this frustration, to a point that in spite of concerted efforts of the current dispensation to demonize the Marcoses. The support for Marcos is an expression of disappointment, frustration of the people. It is not because of being uninformed as you say, because the big media both in print and TV are biased towards the Marcoses. The governments have failed to improve the wellbeing after martial law era. Empty stomach can not be appeased with a failed “democracy”.

      • Che, many of us duterte supporters are in fact critical thinkers. We don’t only think about the good things that duterte did in Davao (for the masses, not for the rich), but we also see it and feel it and enjoy it. In short, it can be measured everyday as you live in the city. do me a favor, go to different cities of the country then go to Davao. You will be amazed of the big differences. do the same things in every city you visit, do not deviate, if you go out at 2 am in one city, do the same thing in all of the cities you visit. If you go to a government office and transact a business, do the same thing in all the cities you visit, if you get sick or pretend to be sick and seek help in a hospital do so in all of the cities you visit. We are not the angry masses, yes, maybe, angry with all of this corruption and nothing has been done! Are you not angry at all with the current situation? You should if you are a critical thinker. So we start with a mayor of the biggest city of the country and find out what he did. Guess what, there are proofs, not just assumptions, that is how critical thinkers we are. We live by the proof we see and feel and enjoy, not just empty words of empty candidates..

      • Ako po ay galing sa hanay ng mga magsasaka sa Gitnang Luzon, at kung sinasabi nyo na kami ay hindi napasabihan o hindi nakakaalam ng ating kasaysayan noong panahon ng mga Marcos, tila kayo po ang “uninformed”. Base sa mga kwento ng aming matatanda sa gitnang luzon, tanging si dating presidente Marcos lamang ang tumutok at nakialam sa pagpapalago ng agrikultura upang masustenihan ang pangangailangan ng bansa sa bigas. So hindi na po magtataka kung ang karamihan sa mga hanay ng magsasaka ay nananatiling loyalista sa mga Marcos.