Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has steadily gained ground in the latest “Pulso ng Pilipino” nationwide pre-election survey of the Issues and Advocacy Center (The CENTER).
Lacson is moving upwards with a 12.5 percent popularity rating, statistically tied with Vice President Leni Robredo. He previously received 4% and then 8% in previous surveys in the months leading to the latest poll.
Lacson broke into double digit figures for the first time “on the basis of a strong showing in Luzon and Visayas regions,” according to The CENTER based on its overview of the findings. The survey was conducted between September 27 to October 8.
Partido Reporma welcomed this development, proving that a traditional yet principled campaign amid extreme political divisions these days is still working no matter how difficult it seems to pull off.
Lacson is expected to see a rise in his numbers in Mindanao after securing Davao del Norte as his bailiwick, where the ruling PDP-Laban lost all of its members to Reporma.
Davao del Norte is governed by Governor Edwin Jubahib, Secretary-General of Reporma, and former Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, President of Reporma and House representative of the province’s 1st district. Both are Lacson allies.
The CENTER noted that the 2022 presidential contest remains “too close to call” adding that it is premature to count Lacson, Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa out in favor of the top three candidates leading the race.
Lacson emerged as the third preferred candidate for voters belonging to Classes A, B and C with 19 percent rating. He ranked fourth with a 14 percent rating among presidential aspirants based on the preferences of survey respondents from Metro Manila.
“The CENTER views the 2022 polls as a close contest that will be decided by the candidate who has a well-organized political machinery that can successfully conduct the necessary political maneuvers on the days leading to the elections,” according to the polling firm.
Lacson’s running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) continues to dominate the vice presidential race with all his popularity ratings going beyond 40 percent across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The CENTER conducted the survey without the name of presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who did not file her certificate of candidacy for president before the October 8 deadline of the Commission on Elections.
This allowed former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to gain the lead in the latest pre-election survey followed by Sen. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno, and Robredo.
Pacquiao and Moreno switched places in the latest rankings with the boxer-turned-senator moving up after garnering a 19.75 percent popularity rating, while the actor-politician dropped a few points with an 18 percent rating.