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Marcos-Carpio tandem maintains lead in Philippines’ presidential election survey

MANILA (XINHUA) – The tandem of presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr and vice-presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio maintained a commanding lead in the latest election survey released yesterday.

A national survey by Pulse Asia conducted from January 19 to 24 showed that 60 per cent of the 2,400 Filipinos aged 18 and above surveyed said they would vote for Marcos for president, while 50 percent said they would pick Carpio for vice president.

The pollster said the former senator and son of former President Ferdinand Marcos “enjoys the lead in all geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, 53 to 66 per cent and 50 to 61 per cent”.

He was followed by incumbent Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, with 16 per cent, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso with eight per cent each, while Senator Panfilo Lacson, four per cent.

Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City mayor, is currently the frontrunner in the vice presidential race. “Half of the country’s likely voters are inclined to elect (Carpio for vice president),” the polling agency said.

Duterte, whose six-year term ends in June, has yet to endorse any presidential candidate.

Trailing Carpio was Senate President Vicente Sotto with 29 per cent and Senator Francis Pangilinan with 11 per cent.

The national and local elections are scheduled for May 9. There are 10 presidential candidates and nine vice-presidential candidates.

Sara Duterte-Carpio will be seeking the vice-presidency in the May 2022 election. PHOTO: AFP
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