Team to beat: It’s still Domogan and Vergara in Baguio poll survey
For the second time in a row, re-electionist Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan and former representative Bernardo Vergara topped the pre-election survey for mayoralty and congressional posts in the 2016 elections.
The long-time tandem of Domogan and Vergara bested other candidates in the survey conducted by the Manila-based Philippine Social Beat (PSB) from the last week of November to first week of December.
PSB was the same group that undertook the first survey on August 20 which also saw the duo topping the lists of mayoralty and congressional aspirants in Baguio City.
In the new survey that involved 3,070 respondents from the city’s 128 villages, last-termer Domogan garnered 46.87 percent, slightly lower than the 49 percent he got in the first survey.
Placing second was Domogan’s perennial challenger, human rights lawyer Jose Molintas, who had 29.28 percent.
Retired trial court Edilberto Claravall remained in third place with 16.22 percent. A fourth candidate, Guillermo Hernandez, got 4.43 percent.
For the lone congressional district of Baguio, Vergara continues to lead the way as he improved his rating from 30 percent in the first survey to 35.47 percent.
Incumbent Rep. Nicasio Aliping, Jr. climbed from third place in the last survey to second place with 30.13 percent from 25 percent.
On the other hand, former second placer, businessman Mark Go, dropped to third place with a rating of 26.91 percent from 30 percent.
Two more independent candidates, Rudy Aspila and Edgardo Duque, got 3.55 percent and 1.86 percent, respectively.
For the vice mayoralty race, incumbent Vice Mayor Edison Bilog got 45.47 percent, followed by three-term Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda with 23.94 percent.
Three-term Councilors Isabelo Cosalan, Jr. and Fred Bagbagen are statistically tied with 11.07 percent each while Jeffrey Pinc got 2.15 percent.
Other candidates received a combined vote 5.67 percent.
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