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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte emerged on top of a Pulse Asia presidential preference survey in Metro Manila.
The result of the survey, conducted from Nov 11 to 12, said 34% of the respondents said they would vote for Duterte if the elections were to be held during the survey dates.
A previous Pulse Asia survey in September showed 27% of Metro Manila respondents said they would vote for Duterte.
Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe ranked second with 26%, down from 31% in September.
She is followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 22% (from 26%), former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas with 11% (from 13%), and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago with 7% (no rating in September).
A total of 300 respondents participated in the November survey. They were shown a list of candidates for president and asked which candidate they would vote for if elections were held today.
The survey has a margin of error of ± 5.7.
Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Escudero was the top vice-presidential candidate for Metro Manila respondents, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
Escudero, Poe’s running mate, got 32%. He is followed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with 24%, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 20%, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with 10%, Sen. Gregorio Honasan II with 8%, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV with 4%.
Two percent of the respondents did not pick anyone among the choices for vice-president.
The survey was conducted days before Duterte declared that he will run for president.
The tough-talking mayor said the Senate Electoral Tribunal’s (SET) decision favoring Senator Grace Poe in a disqualification case prompted him to change his mind about not seeking the presidency.
He said he could not accept that Poe will be allowed to run, saying the senator is not a natural-born Filipino and is therefore not qualified to run for president.
PDP-Laban presidential bet Martin Diño already dropped out of the 2016 race, opening the doors for Duterte to become the party’s substitute candidate.
Diño said he decided to withdraw his candidacy because of the Comelec’s motu proprio decision to declare him as a nuisance candidate.
Prior to this, the party had chosen Duterte, who missed the October 16 deadline for the filing of certificate of candidacy, to substitute for Diño.
This article has been re-published with permission from ABS-CBNnews.com.