MORE than half of the participants of the second online survey conducted by Sun.Star Publishing Inc. picked Liberal Party (LP) candidates to represent the north and south districts of Cebu City.

The survey ran on the Sun.Star Cebu website,, from April 19 to 24. It was conducted through Survey Monkey, an online survey development cloud-based company.

It is part of a series of online polls Sun.Star will run to determine which candidates readers of the website will support in the local and national elections.

Based on the results, 52.18 percent of the 1,125 respondents picked reelectionist Raul del Mar, who is running for congressman in Cebu City’s north district, while 38.49 percent picked former Cebu City mayor Alvin Garcia of Team Rama, which is allied with the United Nationalist Alliance.


Another reelectionist, Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa, got a 20-percent lead in the south district congressional race, with 53.3 percent, or 516, of the total 973 responses, compared to Gerry Carillo’s 32.37 percent, or 315 votes. Lea Ong got 14.59 percent of the votes.

In the province’s congressional race, veteran politicians will likely win the May 9 elections.

Samsam Gullas of Alayon-Nacionalista Party led in the first district race; Wilfredo Caminero of LP, in second district; Gwen Garcia of One Cebu, in third district; Benhur Salimbangon of the National Unity Party, in the fourth district; Red Durano of Bakud-Nationalist People’s Coalition, in the fifth district; Jonas Cortes of LP, in the sixth district; and Pablo John Garcia of One Cebu, in the seventh district.

Gullas got 45.28 percent of the votes compared to Antonio “Abe” Canoy’s 37.22 percent and Doc Mike Nuñez’s 17.49 percent. Caminero got 44.57 percent compared to Daday Canoy’s 33.7 percent and Cora-Lou Kintanar’s 21.74 percent.

“Magic 12”

Gwen got 51.58 percent compared to Gigi Sanchez’s 47.90 percent; Salimbangon got 56.64 percent compared to Junie Martinez’s 43.36 percent; while Durano got 64.37 percent compared to Gilbert Wagas’s 35.63 percent.

Cortes was preferred by 58.8 percent of respondents, while his rival Paulus Cañete of One Cebu only got 41.2 percent. Pablo John Garcia got 92.5 of the votes compared to the 7.5 percent of LP’s Peter John Calderon.

The survey also picked the 12 most popular senatorial candidates with Dick Gordon garnering 65.51 percent of the votes; Migz Zubiri, with 56.76 percent; Sergio Osmeña III, 53.94 percent; Panfilo Lacson, 46.81 percent; TG Guingona, 39.58 percent; Risa Hontiveros, 38.38 percent; Ralph Recto, 38.33 percent; Leila de Lima, 35.58 percent; Kiko Pangilinan, 34.37 percent; Franklin Drilon, 33.46 percent; Joel Villanueva, 31.65 percent; and Raffy Alunan, 30.9.

The results of Sun.Star’s online poll were based on answers provided by respondents whose internet protocol addresses were recorded by Survey Monkey. (Sunnex)