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Marcos tops presidential opinion poll

The son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos remained on top of a presidential opinion poll this month. 

A poll by the Issues and Advocacies Center showed that 51% of Filipinos would vote for former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., its director Edu M. Malay said in a Facebook video streamed live on Tuesday.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” M. Domagoso came in second with 14%, followed by Vice-President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo with 11%.

Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao placed fourth with 10% of the votes, followed by Senator Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson, Sr. with 8%.

The three presidential candidates at the bottom of the poll were Leodegario “Ka Leody” Q. de Guzman with 1%, while Norberto B. Gonzales and Ernesto C. Abella both got 0.25%, Mr. Malay said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Marcos said that if he becomes president, he would seek a dialog with China over its sea dispute with the Philippines.

The only way to settle the issue is by entering a bilateral deal with Beijing, he told DZRH radio. 

The Philippines under him would also seek the help of the United Nations and Association of Southeast Asian Nations to settle the dispute, he said. — Jaspearl Emerald G. Tan