PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, are sweeping election surveys after they again topped the latest poll fielded by the Octa Research group.

The group conducted the survey from April 22 to 25 with a total of 2,400 respondents.

Of the respondents, 58 percent said they would vote for Marcos, while 25 percent preferred his top rival, Vice President Leni Robredo.

Marcos lost to Robredo during the 2016 national elections.

On the third spot was Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso with eight percent, followed by Senators Emmanuel Pacquiao and Panfilo Lacson with five and two percent, respectively.

In the vice presidential post, Duterte-Carpio kept the lead with 56 percent, although her score decreased by one percent from result of the previous survey conducted by the group.

Following Duterte-Carpio in the survey were Senate President Vicente Sotto III with 22 percent and Senator Francis Pangilinan with 16 percent.

Marcos and Duterte-Carpio also lead other electoral surveys, particularly those conducted by Pulse Asia.

Among the senatorial candidates who have high chance of entering the top 12 based on the Octa survey were the following candidates:

* Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo

* Former Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar

* Antique Representative Loren Legarda

* Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri

* Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero

* Actor Robin Padilla

* Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano

* Senator Win Gatchalian

* Senator Joel Villanueva

* Former senator Jinggoy Estrada

* Former senator JV Ejercito

* Senator Risa Hontiveros

* Former Vice President Jejomar Binay

(SunStar Philippines)