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Pulse Asia: Sotto replaces Duterte as top VP bet



Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III led the latest Pulse Asia survey on the vice presidential contenders after replacing President Rodrigo Duterte in the top spot.

Based on the result of the Pulse Asia survey conducted from 6 to 11 September 2021, Sotto was the top choice for the second-highest government post with 25 percent.

“With utmost humility, I thank God and our ‘kababayans’ for the trust and confidence that many are placing on me and my dream of further serving the Filipino Family beyond the halls of the Senate,” Sotto said.

“I will use this confidence booster to work harder as the top official of the Senate, as I present myself to our people as a worthy and reliable candidate for VP!” he added.

Duterte trailed behind Sotto with 14 percent, followed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Bongbong Marcos with 12 percent each, and Senators Manny Pacquiao and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go with seven percent each.

In the July 2021 pre-election surveys by the private pollster, Duterte was the leading vice-presidential pick with 18 percent, while Sotto and Marcos only ranked third with a 10 percent rating.

In a statement, lawyer Melvin Matibag, the Secretary-General of the PDP Laban Cusi-wing, said the survey result will serve as the group’s “guideposts” for their campaign strategy.

“Again, we will continue on highlighting President Duterte’s success in the campaign against drugs, criminality, corruption and terrorism,” Matibag said.

“We will also direct the attention of the Filipino voters to the transformation of travel and mobility in the last 5 years, even with the pandemic, not just in Metro Manila but also in remote provinces,” he added.

He emphasized that the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration will be one of “his greatest legacies marking major investments in the development of roads, highways, bridges, airports, and seaports.”

Also one of the administration’s legacy is the “fast-tracking of the development of the mass transit systems in Metro Manila and Luzon,” he pointed out.

“We will harp on our achievements and our strengths because these are where our political opponents are lacking,” the official said.

Others who received the most votes for the vice-presidential preference are Cayetano (7 percent); television personality Willie Revillame (6 percent); former Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes and Sen. Sonny Angara with two percent each.