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BBM stronger amid mudslinging

December 16, 2021 Mario Fetalino Jr. 354 views

Mario FetalinoA SURVEY showed former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos has reached the win zone.

If the current pulse of the electorate will hold till election day on May 9, 2022, the Issues and Advocacy Center said there is no doubt Marcos will run away with the country’s top elective post if the Filipino voters shall so decide to vote for their individual choices.

In the most recent non-commissioned Pulso ng Pilipino survey conducted by The Center on Dec. 6-12, 2021 with some 1,200 respondents, Marcos emerged as the preferred choice of 43% of the 1,200 respondents who were asked as to whom they will vote for if the elections were held during the survey period.

Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III who is seeking the vice presidency in tandem with Sen. Panfilo Lacson posted a 44% percentage.

But while Marcos appears to be pulling away with an 27% margin from his closest pursuer Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a 30% difference from Sen. Panfilo Lacson and a 31% lead over Vice President Leni Robredo, the more exciting contest is in the Vice Presidential race.

The election for the second highest position in the land has turned into a two-way contest with the other vice presidential candidates being relegated to that of being spectators.

Early frontrunner Manila Mayor Isko Moreno appears to have skidded into a precarious position with just 11% to show following a costly flip flop relative to his off-and-on critique of President Duterte.

As of this writing, the only hope for Moreno to keep abreast with the frontrunners is an endorsement from the President which is a possibility given the fact that the major players in Moreno’s campaign staff are closely allied with Sen. Bong Go and Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Notwithstanding what appears to be the insurmountable lead of Marcos, the other presidential wannabees can still close the gap depending on the kind of campaign strategy they will put in place.

But one thing is certain – no amount of mudslinging and character assassination that is thrown at Marcos is working.

In fact the reverse is what seems to be happening. The more the other candidates gang up on him particularly from the camps of Robredo and Moreno, the more popular he gets.

This reality should send the strategists of these two camps back to the drawing boards to retool their respective action plans.

As it is only the campaign organizations of Pacquiao and Lacson that have conducted their respective campaigns with utmost probity and propriety, the ratings of both candidates are steadily rising.

This could only mean that the electorate today have a clear distaste for dirty politics as what we have so far seen since the campaign season began.

While the lead of Marcos appears insurmountable, it is not beyond reach since there is a clear five months more to go before the May 9, 2022 elections.

But as the study mentioned, opponents won’t beat Marcos if they keep on hitting him.

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