The incumbents are more likely to win in the mayoralty race in southern part of Metro Manila this coming midterm elections, a latest survey showed.
Reelectionists Imelda Aguilar of Las Pinas City, Jaime Fresnedi of Muntinlupa City, Edwin Olivarez of Paranaque City, Abigail Binay of Makati City, and Miguel Ponce III of Pateros town—will most likely earn another term based on the survey conducted by Publicus Asia Inc.
Meanwhile, movie director Lino Edgardo Cayetano, brother-in-law of incumbent Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano; and Pasay City Rep. Imelda Calixto Rubiano, sister of the current mayor in Pasay City Antonino Calixto, are also the leading candidates for mayor in their respective areas, according to the survey results.
Of these candidates for mayor in south Metro Manila, Cayetano got the highest percentage to topped the list of aspirants with 76 percent approval rating followed by Aguilar with 68 percent.
Cayetano is running against incumbent Taguig-Pateros Rep. Arnel Cerafica who got only 15 percent in the survey. His running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz, also got high rating in the vice mayoralty race with 65 percent as against his rival Henry Duenas Jr. with only 18 percent.
In Muntinlupa City, Fresnedi led the mayoralty race with 61 percent followed by resigned Bureau of Immigration deputy commissioner Red Marc Marinas with 12 percent.
Congresswoman Rubiano leads with 47 percent in Pasay followed by Chet Cuneta, brother of movie actress Sharon Cuneta, who only got 5 percent in the survey, while in Parañaque, Mayor Edwin Olivarez got 46 percent followed by former mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. with 10 percent.
Pateros Mayor Ponce is leading the aspirants with 52 percent as against the 17 percent of rival Willie Buenaventura while Mayor Binay got 67 percent over the 20 percent of her brother Junjun, also a candidate for mayor in Makati.
The other leading May 2019 candidates for mayor in Metro Manila, based on the survey, also include Isko Moreno (Manila), Joy Belmonte (Quezon City), Oscar Malapitan (Caloocan), Toby Tiangco (Navotas), Robert Eusebio (Pasig), Janella Estrada (San Juan), Rex Gatchalian (Valenzuela) and Carmelita Abalos (Mandaluyong).
According to its official website, Publicus Asia, Inc., it held the independent survey dubbed “Pahayag NCR Poll” on Nov. 16 - 20 and asked the opinion of 1,800 respondent/registered voters in the National Capital Region.
The question asked for the mayoralty race - “If elections for mayor are to be held today near your place, who among the following candidates will you vote for?”
The Pahayag NCR poll is one of the series of Publicus Asia’s geographic studies, with the goal of providing better assessment and listing down the differences in opinions among Filipinos across the country and delve into the intricacies of the Philippine island groups.
Last Thursday, Publicus Asia also hosted a forum dubbed “Elections Disruption: Social Media and Campaigns” in Club Filipino in San Juan City where they discussed the role of social media and technology in shaping political campaigns.
The event was held in partnership with the Association of Political Consultants in Asia (APCA).