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MANILA, Philippines – Mindanaoan Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pulled a surprise when he captured most of the votes in Metro Manila which, in the last Standard poll, went for presidential contender Grace Poe.
In that survey, Duterte emerged number 1 nationwide. The Standard poll (for April 27 to May 1), however, showed Duterte with only 19% in the National Capital Region (NCR), behind Poe with 32%.
Metro Manila is typically anti-administration and more vocal about shortcomings of the national government. Administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas ranked 4th in both the Standard and Pulse Asia polls.
Surveys conducted before the elections consistently showed a preference for either Poe or Binay. The trend was broken only in March 2016 when Duterte first tied Poe, based on a Pulse Asia survey.
Based on unofficial results from the Commission on Elections-GMA7 mirror server as of Tuesday morning, May 10, Duterte leads in 15 cities and one municipality of the National Capital Region.
He lost only in Makati City, bailiwick of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Areas in the National Capital Region had a transmission rate of between 90% and 100% as of Tuesday morning, based on data from the mirror server.
Duterte obtained the highest lead in Taguig City, where he got 60.5% of the total votes. Taguig City is the hometown of Duterte’s runningmate, Alan Peter Cayetano, who was also former councilor, vice mayor, and representative of the city.
Poe landed 2nd with a far 14.5% of votes transmitted.
Duterte enjoys a big lead in all areas in Metro Manila, only except in Navotas City where he faced a very tight race with Binay. Duterte got 35.8% of the transmitted votes while Binay got 34.4%.
Navotas City is the hometown of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) president and Binay spokesperson Tobias Tiangco, who secured reelection as representative of the city in this year’s elections.
In other areas of Metro Manila where Duterte won, he obtained more than 40% of the votes.
It is only in Makati City where Duterte dropped to 2nd place, ranking next to Binay, the city’s former mayor. Binay got 43% of the transmitted votes, while Duterte got only 28.8%.
Binay maintains a strong hold on the city. In this year’s elections, his daughter Abigail leads in the mayoral race, while her husband Luis Jose Angel Campos Jr leads in the congressional race.
Meanwhile, Poe landed second in almost all NCR areas, except for the cities of Makati (where she landed 4th), Navotas (where she finished 3rd), and Pasay (where she was 3rd).
Santiago landed 5th in all Metro Manila areas, except in Marikina City where she placed 4th with 8.7%. Binay placed 5th with 6.5%.
In the last survey released by Pulse Asia (for April 26 to 29), Duterte was the leading choice in NCR with 40%, followed by Poe with 25%. – Rappler.com