IT SEEMS like it is still a month away but the national elections are now just less than a week away.

In less than a week, the Filipinos will be choosing a new president who will lead the country for the next six years.

In the last six months, we have heard the candidates for the top two highest positions in the country what their plans are once elected. All of them have made the same promise of stopping corruption within the country, which we hope will truly happen.

A week prior to the elections, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, continue to top the election surveys for the two highest posts.

Based on the April 16-22, 2022 survey of Pulse Asia Research Inc., Marcos continues to lead the presidential survey with 56 percent of respondents saying they will vote for him. Vice President Leni Robredo came in second with 23 percent, followed by Senator Manny Pacquiao (7%), Manila Mayor Isko Moreno (4%), and Senator Ping Lacson (2%).

Ernie Abella and Faisal Mangondato each had 1 percent while Leody de Guzman, Norberto Gonzales, and Jose Montemayor Jr. were below the 1 percent mark.

"This nationwide survey is based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults 18 years old and above, who are registered voters and likely to vote in the May 2022 elections. It has a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) have a ± 4% error margin, also at 95% confidence level," Pulse Asia said in a statement on May 2, 2022.

Similarly, Duterte-Carpio also continues to top the vice presidential survey with 55 percent of respondents saying they will be voting for her. She is followed by Senator Tito Sotto (18%), Senator Kiko Pangilinan (16%), Doctor Willie Ong (3%), and Manny Lopez (1%).

However, as we said, this is just a possible result of the upcoming elections. It can come out this way or it could surprise us.

Nonetheless, whatever the possible results may be or whatever the survey results are showing now, it is important for registered voters to go and practice their right to vote.

It is also important for you to be ready for the upcoming election day. Make sure you know your precinct. You can check it at https://voterverifier.comelec.gov.ph/voter_precinct. You may also bring a list of the people you will vote for come election day.

Another preparation you must make is to know who you are voting for. For the undecided, there is still time for you to go through a candidate's credentials and stance on certain issues.

Each vote you make counts. Each vote you make will dictate the course of our country in the next six years. For 2022, let your vote count as you practice your right to choose a leader.