Sotto says Pulse Asia poll will serve as ‘confidence booster’ for VP bid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2021   •   373

MANILA, Philippines—After leading the survey on preferred vice presidential bets, Senator Tito Sotto III said he will use it as “confidence booster” for the upcoming elections.

The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Sotto as top choice for vice president with 25%, while President Rodrigo Duterte landed in second place with 14%.

“With utmost humility, I thank God and our kababayans for the trust and confidence that many are placing on me and my dream of further serving the Filipino Family beyond the halls of the Senate,” Sotto said in a statement.

“I will use this confidence booster to work harder as the top official of the Senate, as I present myself to our people as a worthy and reliable candidate for VP,” he added

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Sotto’s running mate, landed in third place among top choices for president. In a statement, he congratulated Sotto for landing the top spot.

“We’re doing alright. We have our own tracking. We are not even thinking of recalibrating our strategy,” he said,

“It goes without saying that I am not questioning the results of the Pulse Asia survey even as I congratulate SP Sotto, my running mate, for topping the latest vice-presidential survey,” he added.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio remains the top choice for president. AAC


Senate on total closure from January 10 to 16 – Sotto

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2022

MANILA, Philippines ­– The Senate will be closed for a week amid rising COVID-19 infections among its employees, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Friday.

Citing a report from the Senate Medical Team, Sotto said there are now 46 active COVID positive cases in the upper chamber while 175 employees are under quarantine due to exposure and manifestation of symptoms.

Sotto said these employees are awaiting the result of their COVID-19 swab test.

He also mentioned that five staff of the Medical Bureau are under quarantine, which depleted their workforce and find it hard to attend to the needs of the infected employees.

“Medical has sent a Memo recommending 7 days of total closure of the Senate from January 10 (Monday) to  January 16 (Sunday),” he told reporters.

“They will conduct thorough disinfection and this will lessen contact among employees to prevent or slow down virus transmission,” he added.

Sotto said total closure means no one will be allowed to enter the Senate premises except for those involved in the disinfection process to be conducted on January 8 and January 15.

The House of Representatives earlier announced it has extended the lockdown in its offices until January 16, also due to increasing COVID-19 cases.


Latest Pulse Asia survey shows Duterte, Sotto best performing gov’t officials

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte and Senate President Vicente Sotto III are top-performing officials in the country, according to the latest survey released by Pulse Asia.

The survey, conducted from December 1 to 6, 2021, showed that 72% of the respondents approved of Duterte’s performance. This is higher than the 64%approval rating he got in the survey done in September.

Sotto enjoyed a 71% approval in the December survey while House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo both scored 31%.

Vice President Leni Robredo got 43% approval in her performance, which is lower than the 48% rating she got in the September survey.

Pulse Asia said the nationwide survey was based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults 18 years old and above.

The pollster said news related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the May 2022 elections dominated the headlines when the survey was held.

These issues include the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s withdrawal of her reelection bid to run for vice president in tandem with presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Duterte’s allegations that a presidential aspirant is a cocaine user, the declining COVID-19 cases and widening vaccination coverage in the Philippines, the filing of petitions for disqualification for Marcos’ presidential run, and the imposition of travel ban on several nations that detected the Omicron variant.

BBM-Sara tandem tops Pulse Asia pre-election survey

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and vice presidential bet Sara Duterte emerged as the most preferred candidates in the 2022 elections in the latest pre-election survey released by Pulse Asia on Wednesday.

The survey, conducted from December 1 to 6, 2022 using 2,400 adult respondents, showed that more than half or 53% said they would vote Marcos for president while 20% said they prefer his rival Vice President Leni Robredo.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Senator Manny Pacquiao both ranked third, who both got 8%.

Senator Panfilo Lacson scored 6%, while retired General Antonio Parlade Jr., Labor leader Leody de Guzman, and former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales scored less than 1%.

The pollster noted that 3% of Filipino adults are still undecided about whom to elect as president next year, 1% refuse to identify their preferred presidential candidate, and 1% are not voting for any presidential bet.

In the vice presidential race, 45% of respondents said they prefer presidential daughter Sara while 31% said they would vote for Lacson’s running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Robredo’s running mate, Senator Francis Pangilinan, ranked third with a score of 12%.

Moreno’s running mate, Dr. Willie Ong got 6%, Pacquiao’s vice presidential bet Cong. Lito Atienza scored 1% while de Guzman’s running mate Walden Bello got less than 1%

Pulse Asia said the nationwide survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews with adults 18 years old and above.


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