Sun. Jul 25th, 2021

The Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) is ready to support the possible father-and-daughter tandem of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2022 polls.

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“Definitely we’re going to support (Duterte). If (Davao City) Sara (Duterte) decided to run for president, the party will definitely support the candidacy of Mayor Sara Duterte because we have an alliance with Hugpong ng Pagbabago, that is the regional Party of Mayor Sara Duterte, so, it’s just like she’s part of Lakas,” said Surigao del Sur First District Rep. Prospero Pichay, the secretary-general of Lakas-CMD.

He said he was not surprised by a recent Pulse Asia survey showing Sara’s lead among would-be presidentiables with 28 percentage points.

“Anybody who criticizes the President, his rating will go down. Anybody who criticizes a very popular President whose approval rating is somewhere between 88 and 92, you will go down. You criticize a very unpopular President, your rating will go up,” he said.

The Pulse Asia survey showed that Sara earned the highest voter preference in Metro Manila, getting 18 percent. It was followed by Balance Luzon (17 percent) and the Visayas and Mindanao (14 percent each).

She also got the nod of 17 percent of respondents in Class D, 12 percent in Class E, and 10 percent in Class ABC.

Duterte, on the other hand, received the highest score in his bailiwick in Mindanao (35 percent), followed by the Visayas (14 percent), Balance Luzon (13 percent), and Metro Manila (11 percent).

He also posted a high voter preference among Classes ABC (14 percent), D (18 percent), and E (16 percent).

Other preferred presidential candidates were Senator Grace Poe and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (13 percent each), Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (12 percent), and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (9 percent).

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” enjoyed the second spot in terms of the preferred candidates in the vice presidential race, getting 14 percent followed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Marcos (10 percent each), Pacquiao (9 percent), Alan Peter Cayetano (8 percent), Francis “Chiz” Escudero (7 percent), Go (5 percent), television host Willie Revillame (4 percent), and Senator Juan Edgardo Angara (3 percent).

Pulse Asia used ±2 percent error margin at the 95-percent confidence level.

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