Six more days before the May 9 elections and still the tough-talking mayor still holds the top spot even amidst the issues thrown to him left and right.
In Pulse Asia’s latest survey covering the period from April 26 to April 28, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte maintains being on the top spot despite the latest controversies surrounding him, his peso and dollar accounts, his foul mouth, and even his and his family’s allegedly ill-gotten wealth and undeclared assets.
The tough man from Davao has garnered 33 percent of the 4,000 respondents who participated in the survey.
Following his lead, however, is no longer Sen. Grace Poe.
Former DILG Secretary and Liberal Party’s standard bearer Mar Roxas has climbed two points with 22 percent. The Pulse Asia survey conducted April 19-24 showed Roxas with 20 percent.
Sen. Poe, on the other hand, moved a step backwards with 21 percent. This is a decrease in point from her former 22-percent ranking in the previous survey. With a margin of error set at plus-or-minus 1.5, it is assumed that both Roxas and Poe are sharing the second spot.
Then, next in line is Vice President Jejomar Binay with 17 percent. The Vice President has also seen a decrease in his rating by one point.
Still at the bottom of all the surveys conducted is Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 2 percent. This has been the same for the past few surveys.
With the many issues thrown at Duterte, it is not shocking to see Roxas rise from the third spot to the second spot. And while there are only six more days left before the elections, a lot can still happen.
Labeled as the most interesting elections, so far, it is expected that more criticisms and controversies will surface. The question now is: Will Duterte still have the trust and vote of his now supporters or will we see a new man rise above the challenge and prove that he or she is worthy to be called the next president of the Philippines.
As of now, it is still safe to say that “it is too early to tell.”
Hold on tight. The Filipino still has a few more days left to think, change their minds, or campaign for his or her president.