NACIONALISTA Party standard bearer Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar topped a recent survey conducted in Porac town getting 272 votes of the total respondents.

Villar garnered 45 percent of the 600 respondents.

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The respondents were asked with the question: “if elections were held today, whom would you vote come May 10, 2010 elections.”

Taking the second spot was Liberal Party presidential aspirant Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III with 159 votes or 27 percent.

Villar and Aquino were followed by Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro with 106 votes or 18 percent, former President Joseph Estrada and Senator Richard Gordon tied with 19 votes or three percent.

On the vice presidential post, Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas bested his opponents garnering 257 votes or 43 percent of the respondents.

Next to Roxas, was Senator Loren Legarda with 164 votes or 27 percent while former Makati mayor Jejomar Binay and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando got 72 votes or 12 percent and 64 votes or 11 percent, respectively.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo bested other candidates in the congressional race for Pampanga (second district) with 466 or 78 percent. Her rivals, Filipinas Rosario Sampang got 48 or eight percent, both Feliciano Serrano and Adonis Simpao received 22 votes or four percent.

Topping the post for provincial governor was former board member Lilia Pineda with 362 votes or 60 percent while embattled Governor Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio received 184 votes or 31 percent.

Provincial Board Presiding Officer Joseller “Yeng” Guaio led other candidates for vice governor with 348 votes or 58 percent. His opponent Marcos Jose Lazatin got 213 votes or 36 percent.

Meanwhile, incumbent Porac Mayor Rogelio Santos is still the “man to beat” in the political arena of Porac town.

Santos is still favored to win the mayorship with 233 or 39 percent of the respondents, followed by Carlito “Carling” Dela Cruz with 184 or 31 percent. Jaime “Jing” Capil appeared on the third spot with 130 or 22 percent of the respondents.

For vice mayor, Dexter David topped the survey with 306 votes or 51 percent and followed by Rey Lapid with 250 or 42 percent of the respondents.

The survey result also listed the respondents’ top eight councilors: Michael Tapang, Homer David, Ludivico Muli, Rafael Canlapan, Silvestre David, Dennis Lising, Luz David, and Gilbert Santos.

The survey was administered by Bachelo of Arts Communication students of Holy Angel University on February 27 and 28.

It covered Porac’s 29 barangays. The method used is random sampling with three percent plus and minus margin of error. (Chris Navarro)