The Palace has expressed elation Tuesday over a pre-election survey showing that the public may be warming up to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte running for president and her father President Rodrigo Duterte for vice president in 2022.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said they “are thankful for the public’s continued trust in our President and Mayor Sara Duterte.”
Roque said the poll result may signify the potency of the Duterte tandem.
“It is clear that people cannot avoid that support for Mayor Sara is also support for our President,” Roque said.
In its Tugon ng Masa National Survey conducted 12 to 18 July, OCTA Research, found that 28%t of its 1,200 adult respondents will support Sara if she decides to run for president.
She was followed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos (13%), Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (11%), and Senators Grace Poe and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (10% each), Vice President Leni Robredo and Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (5% each), Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (4%), Senate President Vicente Sotto III (3%), Senator Panfilo Lacson and former vice president Jejomar Binay (2% each).
The least preferred with 1% apiece were former senator Antonio Trillanes IV and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.
Duterte emerged the No. 1 choice among potential vice-presidential candidates, with 18% of the respondents choosing him.
Domagoso was second with 11%, with Cayetano and Poe getting the nod of 10% of the respondents each, followed by Marcos (9%), Sotto (7%), Pacquiao (6%), former Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero (6%), Go and Lacson (4% each), and Trillanes (2%).
Senator Go thanked those who have expressed their faith in him and the President, but added the decision when the time comes belongs to the Filipino people.
“As chairman of the Committee on Health in the Senate, I will just continue to focus on helping the government fast-track our exit from this pandemic to ease the hardships being experienced by our countrymen,” Go said.
“Vaccines first before politics. The time will come for the filing of candidacies and the time for politics. As for me, I repeat, I am not interested in running. I’m tired. I know the job of a President; I have been with the President for the longest time and the job of a President is very hard,” he added.