CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is the runaway choice in the race for Vice President in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan, based on non-commissioned surveys conducted last month.
The surveys held from February 15 to 20, 2016 in Isabela and February 15 to 18 in Cagayan showed Marcos leading his rivals with a large margin, confirming his dominance in the “Solid North.”
In Isabela province, Marcos emerged as the top choice of his fellow Ilocanos with 42.3.1 percent, while Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero came in a far second at 21.0 percent.
Rep. Leni Robredo took the third position with 14.3 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got 12.2 percent.
Senators Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes 4th trailed at 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
Another survey showed a similar result in Cagayan province: Marcos was the top choice of the respondents at 43.2 percent, edging out Escudero by a margin of 18.7 percent. Escudero got 24.5 percent.
Robredo ranked third with 12.0 percent while Cayetano was fourth with 8.3 percent. Honasan and Trillanes got 5.0 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.
The pre-poll surveys conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center (IAC) polled 800 registered voters in Cagayan and 1,200 in Isabela.
The survey has an applied margin of error of 2.5 percent.
In a similar survey conducted by IAC on 1,500 residents in Pangasinan on January 10 to 18, 2016, Marcos also emerged as the top choice of voters for Vice President.
He solidified his grip on Isabela when the influential Dy family threw their support behind his candidacy.
Gov. Faustino “Bodjie” Dy 3rd and Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Dy raised the hands of Marcos at the Isabela State University (ISU) campus. The event was attended by other political leaders like Alicia town Mayor Napoleon Ian Paul Dy, Anak-IP Party-list Rep. Napoleon Panganiban, Isabela Rep. Napoleon Paul Dy and Vice Governor Tonypet Albano.
“We are thankful to the Marcos family for what they have done to our province. The Magat Dam is irrigating 150,000 hectares of rice fields. We have the No. 1 rice surplus. The dam is bringing big income to us,” the governor said.