MANILA (Reuters) – The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos strengthened his lead over his closest rival forward of the presidential election in Might, outcomes of a brand new ballot launched on Sunday confirmed.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr garnered a 44-point lead over Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo within the Jan. 19-24 survey by impartial pollster Pulse Asia, an 11-point improve in contrast with the earlier ballot in early December.
A complete of two,400 respondents had been requested to select their first selection for president and vice chairman if the election had been held through the survey interval, with 60% expressing choice for Marcos, whereas 16% selected Robredo.
Within the December ballot with the identical pattern measurement, Marcos was on prime with 53% in comparison with Robredo’s 20%.
Boxing celebrity Manny Pacquiao and Manila metropolis mayor Francisco Domagoso trailed, every getting 8%, whereas Senator Panfilo Lacson took 4%.
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Within the Philippines, the president and vice chairman are elected individually.
Marcos’ working mate, Sara Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, remained the best choice for vice chairman, taking a 21-point lead over her closest rival, Senate President Vicente Sotto.
The most recent Pulse Asia survey was performed earlier than the Philippines’ Fee on Elections final week dismissed a sequence of complaints in search of to disqualify Marcos, eradicating a serious hurdle for him within the Might 9 contest.
The criticism’s petitioners have vowed to problem the choice and might attraction to the Supreme Courtroom.
The election physique additionally rejected a criticism in search of the cancellation of Marcos’ certificates of candidacy.
As frontrunner, Marcos seems poised to finish a exceptional rebranding of the household identify 36 years after a “individuals energy” rebellion ended his father’s autocratic rule.
(Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Modifying by Edmund Klamann)
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