Emano leading tight mayoral race in CDO- survey

Stephen Pedroza
Incumbent Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano retained his lead against Oscar Moreno in a close contest for the mayoralty position in Cagayan de Oro.

BY A LANDSLIDE? Rufus Rodriguez is leading by a wide margin in the congressional race for the 2nd district of Cagayan de Oro, according to a survey.

MANILA, Philippines – The race for the mayoral seat in Cagayan de Oro is shaping up to be a tight one, according to a survey. 

In the second phase of the pre-election survey conducted by Xavier University–Kinaadman Research Center (XU-KRC), incumbent Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano (UNA) retained his lead with 41.50% of the votes, 7 percentage points higher than in the previous survey.

His top rival, Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno (LP), trailed with 31.75% of the votes, 4.08 percentage points higher compared to the previous survey.

According to the XU-KRC survey, 18.38% of voters remained undecided while 7.50% said that their choice for mayor is confidential.

For the vice mayor position, the survey results also leaned toward Emano’s running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Ian Acenas (NP). Acenas remained the strongest contender, improving his rating to 41.25%. During the previous survey, he had a 31.83% slice of the votes.

His challenger, City Councilor Ed Cabanlas (LP) was behind with 19.25% of the votes, which represents a 7-percentage-point increase from the previous survey.

Race to Congress

Congressional candidates Rolando “Klarex” Uy and Rufus Rodriguez also topped the survey.

Uy, the Liberal Party bet in the city’s 1st district, won with 38.75% of the votes, 7.45 percentage points higher compared to the previous poll results last February. His biggest rival, incumbent Rep. Benjo Benaldo (Nacionalista Party) garnered only 23%, up 8.3 percentage points from the previous survey.

The results showed that Uy had strong support from voters 21 years old and below and 30 years old and above. He was also the choice for voters with college degrees and high educational attainment. In terms of monthly salaries, Uy had the support of voters with income at Php5000 and below. The bracket includes people with no income.

According to the survey, 23.75% of voters remained undecided while 4% said that their choice of congressman is confidential.

For the city’s 2nd district, incumbent Rep Rufus Rodriguez (Centrist Democratic Party) remained in the top position for the congressional post with 65%, 2 points higher from the previous survey.

Rodriguez’s challenger, City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya (United Nationalist Alliance), gained only 8.75% of the votes, a 3.33-percentage-point increase from the February poll.

Rodriguez was the choice for voters in all age brackets. He was also the winner among voters with or without educational degrees and monthly wages, the results showed.

Only 17.75% of the voters were undecided while 6.75% said that their choice was confidential. – Rappler.com

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