Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos continues to rule pre-election vice presidential surveys, topping the non-commissioned Pulso ng Pilipino poll taken from April 1-7, 2016 survey.
Conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center, the survey showed the Ilocano senator leading at 28.5 percent, up from his rating of 27 percent in the survey held by the same firm from March 16-22, 2016.
Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo placed second at 23.5 percent, overtaking Senator Francis Escudero who got 22.5 percent.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano took the fourth spot at 16 percent, followed by Senator Gregorio Honasan, 4.25 percent and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, 3.75 percent. Marcos led in the A/B, D and E socio-economic classes with 27 percent, 23 percent and 24 percent respectively.
The senator also topped the Manila Broadcasting Company survey conducted on April 2, getting the nod of 29.8 percent of the respondents.
Ed Malay, Director of IAC, said Marcos’ continuous rise in surveys can be attributed to the Marcos loyalists.
“Largely ignored in the last 30 years, the families and extended families of these Marcos loyalists, some of whom have migrated to other parts of the country and have managed to win mayoralty positions where they now reside are actively campaigning for Senator Marcos and this explains why (he) currently leads the vice presidential race,” Malay said.
One of them is Ilocano-speaking Makilala Mayor Rudy Caoagdan and North Cotabato
Mayors Herlo Guzman Jr. of Kabacan and Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City.
Marcos vowed to continue his advocacy of uniting the Filipinos.
“I believe it is what our country needs right now — to move forward and give our people the service that they deserve,” he said.