MANILA — Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. now leads in the latest Pulse Asia survey with 25 percent over his closest rival.
Based on the survey commissioned by ABS-CBN from March 8 to 13, 2016 nationwide on 4,000 respondents, the lawmaker has overtaken Senator Francis Escudero who dropped 1 point to 24 percent.
In third place is Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo at 20 percent followed by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano at 13 percent, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at 6 percent and Senator Gringo Honasan at 5 percent.
In the latest survey, the people were asked, “If the coming 2016 election were held today, whom would you vote for as Vice President of the Philippines?”. The respondents, who were registered voters with biometrics, were then shown a sample ballot and list of candidates as of Feb. 15, 2016.
Overall, Robredo and Escudero both dropped a point each while Marcos gained three compared to the March 1-6, 2016 Pulse Asia survey also commissioned by ABS-CBN.
The new survey had a bigger sample as there were only 2,600 respondents in the earlier survey.
Marcos retained his lead in the National Capital Region at 35 percent and the balance of Luzon at 29 percent. He also took Class ABC at 31 percent and Class D at 27 percent.
For his part, the independent vice presidential bet welcomed the latest survey report.
“It’s good news, I am happy of course that is the result we are just keep working and keep moving in the same way and continue to give our message of unity,” he said in a interview at the Subic International Airport in Olongapo City at the end of his Unity Caravan in the city on Tuesday.
Marcos added, “That’s good news at maganda naman tuloy tuloy ang pagakyat ng numero kaya talaga malaki ang tiwala ko na tama ang aking mensahe kaya’t nararamdaman naman natin ang pagtanggap ng tao sa aking sinasabi na pangangailangan ng pagkakaisa. Ang aking mensahe siguro ay tinatanggap ng tao kaya iyan ay ipagpapatuloy natin dahil ‘yan naman ang pangangailangan ngayon.”
His campaign caravan started at the Olongapo City Hall where he was met by the head of the city, Mayor Rolen Paulino and was also greeted by local government employees.
Marcos also attended a forum sponsored by a radio station and the local government held at the Rizal Triangle Multi Purpose Center, Rizal Avenue, West Balic Balic, where he was one of the guests together with several candidates running in national positions.
A motorcade was also held from Magsaysay drive to the International airport. Ferdinand Patinio/ PNA/ northboundasia.com