In a poll conducted in the Philippines, support for Duterte has dwindled


According to an opinion survey released on Wednesday (Sept 29), the daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte remains the most popular candidate for next year’s presidential election. Still, her father fell second among vice-presidential candidates.
Sara Duterte-Carpio, who said earlier this month that she would not run for higher office, has topped all polls of potential candidates ahead of the registration deadline on Friday. Her father will seek the vice-presidency because he is unable to run for a second term. However, in a Pulse Asia poll of 2,400 people conducted earlier this month, other possible candidates chipped into Duterte-advantage, Carpio’s, with her support decreasing from 28% to 20%.
Manny Pacquiao, the boxer who announced his retirement from the sport on Wednesday to run for president, climbed one spot to fourth place, with 13% support, up from 8% earlier. The son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who has yet to announce his plans, was ahead of Pacquiao with 15%, followed by Manila mayor Francisco Domagoso with 13%.
According to the same survey, Senate Speaker Vicente Sotto has surpassed Duterte as the leading candidate for vice president, a separate election in the Philippines. Duterte’s approval rating has plummeted to 14% from 18%. A former actor and comedian, Sotto received a whopping 25% of the vote, up from 10% in the previous survey.
Duterte’s intention to run for the mainly ceremonial role has been received with suspicion, with opponents believing he wants to keep power or stay in high office to avoid legal prosecution over hundreds of state deaths during his infamous drug campaign. Duterte has stated that he wishes to serve the people. According to a separate poll issued this week by Social Weather Stations, 60% of 1,200 respondents feel his decision goes against the constitution’s intent, which has a one-term restriction to avoid abuse of power.


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