Philippine Vice President Binay leads 2016 polls: Pulse Asia survey

MANILA, Philippines-Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained his lead among the presidential aspirants for the 2016 national elections, a recent Pulse Asia survey showed.

Voter reference for Binay, who is being investigated in the Senate for the alleged irregularities in Makati when he was its mayor, increased from 26 per cent in November last year to 29 per cent in March.

The poll, conducted from March 1 to 7, also showed that while Sen. Grace Poe retained the No. 2 spot, her voter preference rating dropped from 18 per cent to 14 per cent.

Manila Mayor and former President Joseph Estrada inched higher with 12 per cent (up from 7 per cent) while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was previously not included in the survey questionnaire, tied with him in fourth place.

They are followed by Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago (9 per cent) and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (6 per cent).

The second half of the list of potential presidential candidates include Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II (4 per cent), Senators Francis "Chiz" Escudero (4 per cent), Alan Peter Cayetano (3 per cent) and Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV (2 per cent), former Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (1 per cent) and Philippine Red Cross chair Richard "Dick" Gordon (1 per cent).

Poe also retained the top spot among potential vice presidential candidates. However, voter preference for the senator dropped from 33 per cent in November to 29 in March.

The rest of the top 10 possible vice presidential aspirants are as follows: Escudero (16 per cent), Cayetano (13 per cent), Duterte (11 per cent), Marcos (11 per cent), Trillanes (6 per cent), Estrada (4 per cent), Senate President Franklin Drilon (3 per cent), detained Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. (2 per cent) and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo (0.4 per cent).

Still leading the possible candidates for senators in 2016 is Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III.

Rounding up the Top 15 are Lacson, Marcos, Secretary Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Drilon, Sen. Ralph Recto, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Sen. Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III, Gordon, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, former Sen. Jamby Madrigal, Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III, Taguig Rep. Lino Cayetano and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.