DESPITE being attacked by various anti-Marcos forces, presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is “still winning the heart of the voting population,” Partido Federal ng Pilipinas Secretary General Thompson Lantion said on Tuesday.

Lantion was referring to the latest presidential preference poll by a newspaper where the PFP’s standard-bearer got a 68-percent share of the survey respondents’ choice.

The remaining preference was shared by Vice-President Leni Robredo with 10.8 percent; Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 7.9 percent; Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 7.2 percent; Sen. Ping Lacson with 2.5 percent and 1.5 percent for Sen. Bato dela Rosa.

The survey, conducted between October 26 and November 2 by Manila Times, reportedly polled some 1,500 registered voters all over the country with the question: If the elections were held today, who will you vote for president?

A combination of face-to-face and assisted phone interviews was reportedly applied in the polling which was administered at the time when the detractors of Bongbong were reviving their decades-old issue over his “Oxford diploma.”

“The harder they pushed on with their hate-based innuendos against Bongbong, the bigger their numbers fall in the survey as shown by the big margin of the ratings between BBM and all his opponents,” said Lantion.

The PFP secretary-general said: “It is the authentic Filipino culture for the underdog” that keeps Bongbong’s survey number rising among the 2022 presidential aspirants. Lantion pointed out that “despite being at the receiving end of unfounded invectives, Bongbong remained humble and calm and stayed focused on his campaign for a unifying presidency should he win in next year’s election.”– 

Image courtesy of Roy Domingo/BM

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