Sara Duterte remains top choice among possible presidential bets in 2022 polls – Pulse Asia

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2021   •   386

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte remains as the top choice among possible presidential candidates in the 2022 national elections, a survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed Wednesday.

In the poll conducted from Sept. 6 to 11, Duterte emerged as the leading bet after 20% of the respondents expressed support for her probable presidential bid in the upcoming elections.

The second choice for president was former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who garnered 15%, followed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso with 13%, and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao with 12%.

Senator Grace Poe placed fifth with 9%, followed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (8%), and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson (6%).

Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano garnered 4%, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go with 3%, and former Senator Antonio Trillanes with 1%.

The pollster said respondents are split when it comes to their second choice for president should their original presidential bet decide not to run in the upcoming elections.

The poll showed that respondents would instead vote for Poe (14%), Marcos (14%), Domagoso (13%), Duterte (11%). Sharing the second place in terms of second-choice voter preferences for president are Go (9%), Pacquiao (9%), Robredo (8%), Lacson (8%), and Cayetano (5%).

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III topped the list of preferences for the next vice president with 25% followed by President Rodrigo Duterte with 14%, Moreno with 12%, Marcos with 12%, and Pacquiao with 7%.

The poll also showed that Sotto enjoyed the highest figure with 15% when respondents were asked for their second vice presidential preference, followed by Marcos (12%), Go (11%), and Domagoso (11%).

Placing fifth in the second choice for vice presidential bets are Cayetano (10%), Pacquiao (9%), and Rodrigo Duterte (6%).

The latest Pulse Asia survey was based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults aged 18 and above nationwide. It was conducted using face-to-face interviews.

Mayor Isko urges IATF to file raps over dolomite beach overcrowding

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Tuesday called on the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 pandemic to file complaints against officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) over last weekend’s overcrowding at dolomite beach in Manila Bay.

In a television interview, Domagoso said an agency under the DENR opened the dolomite beach to the public without coordinating with the local government.

Mayor Isko was referring to the Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO), an agency under the direct supervision of the DENR secretary, which has coordinative functions among all offices and agencies involved in the rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of Manila Bay.

“I am calling on IATF. Charge those people in DENR of violating… show our rules. If we cannot implement it within their offices, then there is no point implementing them sa taumbayan,” he said.

Domagoso, a presidential aspirant in the 2022 elections, also stressed that it is the DENR that has control over the area amid rehabilitation and development efforts.

“In fact, may gate nga sila para makapasok ka sa dolomite. But due diligence must be observed especially in this situation wherein it can be a super spreader,” he said.

The opening of the Manila Baywalk dolomite beach on Oct. 17 attracted thousands of people during the last two weekends. Videos and photos circulating on social media showed that social distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols were violated.

The DENR later on banned children below 12 years old from entering the dolomite beach, saying it was “overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest of the public”.

At a Palace briefing, DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda admitted the shortcoming on the part of the agency but assured that this was addressed immediately.

“Sinasabi nila na nagkaroon ng violation ng social distancing, immediately na-address po yan,” he said. “Nagkulang ng kaunti pero naagapan.”

The Philippine National Police earlier said it will deploy more personnel to the area to help control the crowd.

Duterte no close contact with COVID afflicted Sara – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday assured that President Rodrigo Duterte had no close contact with daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who contracted COVID-19.

“I can only surmise that there was no contact otherwise Mayor Sara would probably be a candidate by now,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Mayor Sara’s office on Saturday announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 and urged those who had close contact with her in the last 14 days to get tested and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Her office said that Mayor Sara is experiencing mild symptoms and is currently under isolation.

The presidential daughter was supposed to go on a medical leave from October 5 to 8 for a trip to Singapore.

But she cancelled it after one of her companions tested positive for coronavirus disease.

Sara Duterte reiterates she will finish term as Davao City mayor

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Friday maintained that she is seeking reelection in the May 2022 national and local elections.

In her latest statement, Duterte-Carpio said she will run for mayor in the upcoming elections amid the persistent calls from her supporters to run for president.

“I am presenting myself to the Dabawenyos as Mayor for the third and last time in my life as a politician,” she said.

“I call on everyone to work together for an honest, orderly, and credible elections in May 2022,” she added.

The presidential daughter issued the statement as many of her supporters continue to hope and appeal that she reconsider her plan on the final day of candidacy filing.

Mayor Sara’s avid supporters have been conducting various activities to convince her to seek the presidency before the COC filing period closes on Friday, Oct. 8.

Various political groups have expressed their support for the presidential daughter should she decide to join the presidential race.

She has consistently topped pre-election surveys on presidential preferences for 2022 elections.

Duterte has filed her certificate of candidacy for reelection as Davao City Mayor last Saturday.

She once again thanked her supporters for their trust in her capability as a leader.

“I have been honored with the gift of trust and respect of many of our fellow Filipinos. A gift that is one in a million. Thank you to everyone who have expressed their support,” she said.

“Many of you do not know me and yet you carry me over your shoulders. Like the other millions of Filipinos, I share with you the same goal of living a peaceful and prosperous life in our country, today and in the many years to come,” she added.

Rumors on Mayor Sara’s possible filing of COC on Friday persisted after her father, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned last Saturday that she will run for president with Senator Bong Go as her vice president.

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