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President Duterte’s bet is also people’s choice

FILIPINOS pick Alan Peter Cayetano as next House Speaker, Pulse Asia survey shows

Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano got the much-awaited endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte. It turned out Rep. Cayetano is also the preferred candidate of an overwhelming number of Filipinos who consistently chose him as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Pulse Asia surveys, one covering March 23 to 27, and the other June 24 to 30, showed Cayetano leading by at least half of the total votes cast over his closest rival in each poll.

The March survey saw 44 percent of Filipinos voting for the former senator, vis à vis the 16 percent for former Vice President Jejomar Binay, the 12 percent for former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the 5 percent for Rep. Martin Romualdez and the 1 percent for Rep. Lord Allan Velasco. Broken down, Cayetano is the overwhelming favorite across socio-economic classes, with 61 percent of votes from members of class ABC, 44 percent of votes from members of Class D, and 34 percent from members of Class E.

He is also the favorite across sexes, age groups, and groups classified according to educational attainment.

In the June survey, Cayetano garnered support from 65 percent of Filipinos, 52 percent more than the 13 percent garnered by his closest rival, former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Romualdez obtained 8 percent of the votes, while Velasco got only 6 percent. The rest garnered a meager 0.1 percent of votes.

In this survey, Cayetano is also the top choice across socio-economic classes, with 66 percent of votes from members of class ABC, 63 percent of votes from members of Class D, and 71 percent from members of Class E; and across geographical areas, with 56 percent of votes from Metro Manila, 68 percent from Luzon, 64 percent from Visayas and 65 percent from Mindanao.

The surveys were done based on interviews of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. They have a +-2.8 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. In terms of competence and experience, Cayetano also trumps all the other Speaker hopefuls.

The incoming Taguig congressman, who won by a landslide in the May 13 polls, has had vast experience in both local and national politics. Cayetano has been a councilor, vice mayor and a three-time congressman. He has also been a two-time senator.

He can very well act as a bridge between the House and the Senate.

Cayetano has also been a member of the Cabinet, which means he can also serve as a link between the legislative and executive branches.

He can even represent the House and the Philippines in general in the international arena. He served as the country’s top diplomat during his stint at the Department of Foreign Affairs.(Sponsored Content)


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