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Binay back on lead in new survey; Chiz, Marcos tied; top senatorial bets bared

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MANILA — Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe has maintained second spot while opposition bet Vice President Jejomar Binay remains on top despite 3-percentage point drop in the latest Business World-Social Weather Station survey.


In a survey conducted last Feb. 6-7 to the 1,200 respondents, Poe, a frontrunner in latest Pulse Asia survey, garnered 24 percent amid disqualification cases filed against her by the petitioners questioning her citizenship.


Binay skidded from 31 percent in January to 29 percent two weeks after the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee wrapped up its inquiry into anomalies involving the Binays, particularly Makati suspended Mayor Junjun Binay.


Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was biggest gainer, receiving 4-percentage point increase to jump from fourth to second spot to tie with Poe.


Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas also suffered 3-percentage point slide to remain in the third spot while Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is still at the bottom with only four percent.


The survey was conducted three days before the 90-day campaign period officially started last Feb. 9.

In the vice presidential survey, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is now tied at the top spot with Senator Francis Joseph “Chiz” G. Escudero, both at 26 percent.


Escudero dropped from 28 last month to 26 percent while Marcos improved from 25 percent to 26 percent.


Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo is now on third spot with 19% (from 17%), followed by Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano at fourth with 16% (from 14%).


Senator Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II obtained 6% (from 8%), while Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV had 5% (from 3%).


In the senatorial race, the top five leading candidates were still Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III (52% in February from 56% in January), followed by former senator Panfilo M. Lacson (unchanged at 49%), Sen. Ralph G. Recto (unchanged at 46%), former senator and food security presidential assistant Francis N. Pangilinan (42% from 46%) and Senate President Franklin M. Drilon (40% from 43%).


Also in the top 10 were former senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri (38% from 39%), Sen. Sergio D. Osmeña III (37% from 42%), Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao (35% from 37%), former justice secretary Leila M. de Lima (35% from 33%), and former Akbayan Rep. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros (27% from 28%).


The survey showed a close race for the last two seats, among Sen. Teofisto D.L. Guingona III (26% from 28%), former senator Richard J. Gordon (26% from 31%), Sherwin Gatchalian (23% from 17%) and Joel T. Villanueva (22% from 19%).

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