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1 MILLION NEW GRADS MAY HAVE NO JOBS - TCUP


MARCH 7 -The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) over the weekend said fresh graduates would have difficulty finding immediate employment due to additional hiring requirements. Most employers are demanding additional qualifications that would require more training for job applicants. More than one million college students will likely end up jobless after their graduation a few weeks from now, the country’s largest labor group said.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) over the weekend said fresh graduates would have difficulty finding immediate employment due to additional hiring requirements. Most employers are demanding additional qualifications that would require more training for job applicants. “This additional layer in the procedure could mean additional training which entails further cost and perseverance for the applicant. While those who fall through the cracks will become unemployed or underemployed,” said TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay. Tanjusay also noted that the worsening job-skills mismatch can also derail fresh graduates’ chance to find employment after graduation. Citing data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Tanjusay said very few applicants were hired on the spot in government-initiated job fairs for the past two years. READ MORE...

ALSO: US woman gets Zika after Philippine visit


MARCH 7 -Health Secretary Janette Garin said the woman visited the Philippines last January and was later confirmed positive for the virus. STAR/File photo
 An American woman who stayed in the Philippines for four weeks earlier this year was diagnosed with Zika virus upon her return to the United States, the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday.
Health Secretary Janette Garin said the woman visited the Philippines last January and was later confirmed positive for the virus. “We were informed that shortly after returning home to the US, an evidence of Zika virus infection was detected in the patient,” Garin said. The patient was not pregnant when she contracted the virus. Garin said the DOH is coordinating with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the profile of the patient and to find out the places she visited in the Philippines. Although there is no vaccine against the virus, medical experts said the symptoms of Zika could be treated with common pain and fever medicines, rest, and plenty of water intake. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Garin said, is capable of testing suspected cases of Zika virus through Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR). Zika viral disease is characterized by fever, rash, conjunctivitis, joint pain, muscle pain, headache and vomiting. Although most infected individuals are asymptomatic or do not manifest any symptoms, Garin said patients still have the capability of transmitting the infection. READ MORE...

ALSO: Concern raised over Manila’s seizure of NoKor cargo ship


MARCH 7 -UN SANCTIONS North Korean cargo ship MV Jin Teng is docked at Subic Bay Freeport after it was inspected by the Philippine Coast Guard. North Korea has threatened a nuclear war with the United States. Allan Macatuno/Inquirer Central Luzon 
San Simon, Pampanga — The government had better make sure that the Philippines will be “assisted” by the United States (US) should a problem arise with North Korea over the seizure of one of its cargo vessels at Subic Port.
The country is holding the 6,800-ton ship on the strength of a United Nations (UN) resolution imposing a “freeze” on North Korean assets. It turns out that the Philippines is the first nation among UN members to enforce the sanction against the reclusive state. The resolution calls for the inspection of all cargo entering or leaving North Korea. Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan was one to express apprehension over the Philippines’ action. “Kung umalma yung North Korea, siguraduhin lang natin na tutulong yung US (We should ensure that the US will help us in case North Korea reacts negatively),” Honasan said in an interview. Honasan, running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the United Nationalist Aliance (UNA), said the Philippines already has its hands full in regional security matters. “Suppose this is turned into an issue by North Korea. Di ba mayroon tayong West Philippine Sea, ngayon may North Korea tayo. Parang type na type natin maghanap ng kalaban (We already have the West Philippine Sea issue, now we have North Korea. We seem to like to collect enemies),” he said. “Sabi nga ng the late senator Juan Flavier, ‘Kapag kulang ka sa sukat, huwag ka muna magpasikat’ (As the late senator Juan Flavier used to say, ‘Don’t show off like a giant if you lack size’),” Honasan, former Reformed the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) leader, said. READ MORE... RELATED, PH waits for UN response on North Korean ship...

ALSO: Despite poll covenant, peace fragile in Masbate


MARCH 7 -KEEPING THE PEACE Candidates in Masbate sign an “integrity pledge” as they commit to ensure a peaceful and honest election in a province that has been wracked by intense rivalry among political clans. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/Inquirer Southern Luzon
MASBATE CITY—Despite signing a covenant assuring their support for peaceful elections in Masbate, local politicians expressed doubt that their rivals would keep a promise to make this violence-wracked province quiet in the run-up to the May 9 polls.
Gov. Vicente Homer Revil, who is running for representative of the second congressional district, said he was hoping those who signed the covenant would honor their commitment to keep the exercise peaceful to allow Masbateños to choose their leaders without fear. “I have already received four death threats from my political rivals. My district has the most number of election-related violent incidents,” he said. “I have been an advocate for peace… since I joined politics in 2004. I would like to believe that those who signed the covenant would be true to their commitment,” said San Fernando Mayor Narciso Bravo Jr., who is running for governor. Placer Mayor Jude Lanete, who is running for vice governor, said the issue of keeping the peace all boils down to the sincerity of candidates. Masbate, one of the areas under the monitoring of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the police, has been a perennial election hot spot due to intense rivalry among political clans, election-related killings, and the presence of armed groups and communist rebels. The covenant asked candidates to keep the campaign and the conduct of the election fair, honest and orderly. Candidates, it said, should stop employing goons and avoid vote buying, mudslinging and “dirty” campaigning that would confuse voters. READ MORE...

ALSO LATEST POLL: Closer than ever - Poe still ahead, but Duterte now 2nd


MARCH 7 -THE presidential race just got even tighter as Senator Grace Poe, who remained the frontrunner, lost three percentage points while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte became the biggest gainer with four percentage points more, the latest The Standard Poll conducted from Feb. 24 to March 1 showed.
With the survey’s national margin of error of +/- 1.8 percent, three presidential aspirants were statistically tied for first place—Poe with 26 percent (down from 29 percent in January), Duterte with 24 percent (up from 20 percent), and Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23 percent (up from 22 percent). Administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II came in close second at 22 percent while Senator Miriam Santiago trailed behind with only 2 percent. “With Poe getting slight declines in vote share, Duterte gaining some points, and Binay and Roxas maintaining their vote support­—the presidential race has become tighter,” said Junie Laylo, The Standard’s resident pollster.
“The campaign effect is kicking in and the race is expected to be very fluid given the upcoming debates and increased sorties of candidates,” Laylo added. Poe, who is still waiting for the Supreme Court to resolve her petition to overturn the decision of the Commission on Elections disqualifying her from the presidential race, welcomed the result of the survey. “The people’s continued support for my candidacy across the country warms my heart and encourages me to work harder to deliver our message of hope for their future,” Poe said. READ MORE...


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1 M new grads may have no jobs – TUCP


The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) over the weekend said fresh graduates would have difficulty finding immediate employment due to additional hiring requirements. Most employers are demanding additional qualifications that would require more training for job applicants.

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Mayen Jaymalin March 7, 2016 - The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) over the weekend said fresh graduates would have difficulty finding immediate employment due to additional hiring requirements. Most employers are demanding additional qualifications that would require more training for job applicants. MANILA, Philippines – More than one million college students will likely end up jobless after their graduation a few weeks from now, the country’s largest labor group said.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) over the weekend said fresh graduates would have difficulty finding immediate employment due to additional hiring requirements.

Most employers are demanding additional qualifications that would require more training for job applicants.

“This additional layer in the procedure could mean additional training which entails further cost and perseverance for the applicant. While those who fall through the cracks will become unemployed or underemployed,” said TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay.

Tanjusay also noted that the worsening job-skills mismatch can also derail fresh graduates’ chance to find employment after graduation.

Citing data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Tanjusay said very few applicants were hired on the spot in government-initiated job fairs for the past two years.

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“Out of the 4,239,392 domestic and international job vacancies offered in 3,686 year-round job fairs activities held in 2014 and 2015 nationwide, only 391,088 were hired on the spot out of the 1,286,073 applicants,” he said.

“This job-skills mismatch crisis in the country has been going on and it continues to grow. Competition is getting higher, so employers are putting additional qualifications into the job descriptions,” he added.

Tanjusay also warned that heightened competitiveness at the job market, with little or no adjustment on the part of the learning institutions, make job hunting in the country worse than ever.

Records from the Commission on Higher Education showed there were 656,284 college graduates in March 2015 while records from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority showed there were 1.6 million individuals certified as of October 2015.

The DOLE identified 275 key occupations and 102 hard-to-fill occupations as part of the ongoing efforts to address the country’s high unemployment rate, particularly among the youth.


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US woman gets Zika after Philippine visit By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Health Secretary Janette Garin said the woman visited the Philippines last January and was later confirmed positive for the virus. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – An American woman who stayed in the Philippines for four weeks earlier this year was diagnosed with Zika virus upon her return to the United States, the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday.

Health Secretary Janette Garin said the woman visited the Philippines last January and was later confirmed positive for the virus.

“We were informed that shortly after returning home to the US, an evidence of Zika virus infection was detected in the patient,” Garin said.

The patient was not pregnant when she contracted the virus.

Garin said the DOH is coordinating with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the profile of the patient and to find out the places she visited in the Philippines.

Although there is no vaccine against the virus, medical experts said the symptoms of Zika could be treated with common pain and fever medicines, rest, and plenty of water intake.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Garin said, is capable of testing suspected cases of Zika virus through Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR).

Zika viral disease is characterized by fever, rash, conjunctivitis, joint pain, muscle pain, headache and vomiting.

Although most infected individuals are asymptomatic or do not manifest any symptoms, Garin said patients still have the capability of transmitting the infection.

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Zika virus is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito, the same mosquito that transmits dengue and chikungunya. There were also reports that the virus could be transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusion.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 55 countries and territories that have reported local Zika transmission from January 2007 to March 3.

The DOH said Zika infection is self-limiting most of the time but its effect on pregnancies could not be discounted.

Zika virus has been linked to congenital CNS malformation like microcephaly.

The DOH had advised pregnant women to avoid mosquito bites especially during daytime and for those suffering from fever, rash, and conjunctivitis to consult a doctor immediately.

A case of Zika virus was documented in Cebu City in 2012 but no other case has since been reported. Government health experts said the best way to fight Zika virus is to observe personal hygiene and sanitation as well as eliminate possible breeding sites of mosquitoes.

Garin assured the people that there is no Zika virus epidemic in the country and there is no reason to panic.

She further noted that the DOH has 2,000 testing kits and testing centers available nationwide to verify if a person is afflicted with Zika.

“In previous years, Zika virus infection was documented in the Philippines and the patient had no history of traveling outside the country which means it was acquired locally. But it does not means there is a cause for panic,” Garin pointed out.


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Concern raised over Manila’s seizure of NoKor cargo ship March 7, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share5 By Raymund F. Antonio and Ellson A. Quismorio


UN SANCTIONS North Korean cargo ship MV Jin Teng is docked at Subic Bay Freeport after it was inspected by the Philippine Coast Guard. North Korea has threatened a nuclear war with the United States. Allan Macatuno/Inquirer Central Luzon

San Simon, Pampanga — The government had better make sure that the Philippines will be “assisted” by the United States (US) should a problem arise with North Korea over the seizure of one of its cargo vessels at Subic Port.

The country is holding the 6,800-ton ship on the strength of a United Nations (UN) resolution imposing a “freeze” on North Korean assets.

It turns out that the Philippines is the first nation among UN members to enforce the sanction against the reclusive state. The resolution calls for the inspection of all cargo entering or leaving North Korea.

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan was one to express apprehension over the Philippines’ action.

“Kung umalma yung North Korea, siguraduhin lang natin na tutulong yung US (We should ensure that the US will help us in case North Korea reacts negatively),” Honasan said in an interview.

Honasan, running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the United Nationalist Aliance (UNA), said the Philippines already has its hands full in regional security matters.

“Suppose this is turned into an issue by North Korea. Di ba mayroon tayong West Philippine Sea, ngayon may North Korea tayo. Parang type na type natin maghanap ng kalaban (We already have the West Philippine Sea issue, now we have North Korea. We seem to like to collect enemies),” he said.

“Sabi nga ng the late senator Juan Flavier, ‘Kapag kulang ka sa sukat, huwag ka muna magpasikat’ (As the late senator Juan Flavier used to say, ‘Don’t show off like a giant if you lack size’),” Honasan, former Reformed the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) leader, said.

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The Philippines has a long-standing military alliance with the US in the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951. The agreement was signed in Washington six years after the Americans liberated Manila during World War II.

“Ngayon pwede na ba tayo magpasikat? Siguraduhin lang natin na tutulong yung mga kumpareng buo natin katulad ng US (Now can we show off? Let’s just make sure that our compadres like the US will help us),” Honasan said.

A check by local authorities revealed the absence of any weapons of mass destruction in the detained North Korean ship. The cargo ship’s crew will be deported, as per the UN resolution.

Honasan said the Philippines has nothing against North Korea. “Pero at least we are able to show that we are able to enforce our laws. Yun ang positive naman (That’s the positive thigh thing),” he said.

MEETING TODAY

Government agencies are now working on the mode of disposition of the North Korean vessel that is under Philippine custody since it has been held in compliance with United Nations (UN) sanctions.

Rear Admiral William Melad, commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), said that the MV Jin Teng will not be allowed to leave the Port of Subic in Zambales, pending “proper disposition as may be determined by various agencies.”

Melad said he is leaving it up to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the primary agency, to decide on what happens to the foreign ship which has been detained since March 3.

PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said that Coast Guard officials meet today to discuss what to do next with the MV Jin Teng in coordination with other agencies.

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PH waits for UN response on North Korean ship SHARES: 2349 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse 05:58 PM March 6th, 2016


UN SANCTIONS North Korean cargo ship MV Jin Teng is docked at Subic Bay Freeport after it was inspected by the Philippine Coast Guard. North Korea has threatened a nuclear war with the United States. Allan Macatuno/Inquirer Central Luzon

The Philippine coastguard said it was closely watching a North Korean vessel and its 21 crew members Sunday, as officials waited for a response from the United Nations days after the ship was seized in compliance with new sanctions.
The 6,830-ton cargo ship, the Jin Teng, is being held at Subic port, northeast of Manila, where the Philippine coastguard are guarding the freighter and monitoring its crew, said coastguard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo.

READ: PH seizes N. Korean ship

“We will probably keep it in Subic pending our request for guidance on its disposition,” he said.
The ship’s 21 North Korean crew members remain onboard but are otherwise not restricted, he told AFP.
“They are just on the ship. They are remaining there. They have provisions of their own. They won’t try to escape,” Balilo said, adding there was no need to provide them with any supplies yet.

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Earlier this week, a government spokesman said the North Koreans would eventually be deported, but there has been no confirmation when that would take place.
The Philippines said Saturday authorities had impounded the vessel in accordance with fresh UN sanctions introduced in the wake of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
It was the first reported enforcement of the sanctions, the toughest to date, which were adopted late Wednesday by the UN Security Council.
Balilo said the coastguard have inspected the ship twice, once using electronic sensors to search for weapons. However, no contraband has been found.

READ: North Korean cargo ship inspected in Subic Bay
A team from the UN is expected to inspect the ship in Subic, a former United States naval base, foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said earlier.
The Jin Teng arrived in the Philippines from Palembang, Indonesia Thursday afternoon, just hours after the latest sanctions were unanimously passed.
In response to the UN’s move, Pyongyang fired six short-range missiles into the sea on Thursday, while North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered its nuclear arsenal put on standby for pre-emptive use at any time.


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Despite poll covenant, peace fragile in Masbate SHARES: 19 VIEW COMMENTS By: Mar S. Arguelles @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon 12:35 AM March 7th, 2016


KEEPING THE PEACE Candidates in Masbate sign an “integrity pledge” as they commit to ensure a peaceful and honest election in a province that has been wracked by intense rivalry among political clans. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/Inquirer Southern Luzon

MASBATE CITY—Despite signing a covenant assuring their support for peaceful elections in Masbate, local politicians expressed doubt that their rivals would keep a promise to make this violence-wracked province quiet in the run-up to the May 9 polls.

Gov. Vicente Homer Revil, who is running for representative of the second congressional district, said he was hoping those who signed the covenant would honor their commitment to keep the exercise peaceful to allow Masbateños to choose their leaders without fear.

“I have already received four death threats from my political rivals. My district has the most number of election-related violent incidents,” he said.

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“I have been an advocate for peace… since I joined politics in 2004. I would like to believe that those who signed the covenant would be true to their commitment,” said San Fernando Mayor Narciso Bravo Jr., who is running for governor.

Placer Mayor Jude Lanete, who is running for vice governor, said the issue of keeping the peace all boils down to the sincerity of candidates.

Masbate, one of the areas under the monitoring of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the police, has been a perennial election hot spot due to intense rivalry among political clans, election-related killings, and the presence of armed groups and communist rebels.

The covenant asked candidates to keep the campaign and the conduct of the election fair, honest and orderly. Candidates, it said, should stop employing goons and avoid vote buying, mudslinging and “dirty” campaigning that would confuse voters.

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Except for former Gov. Antonio Kho and his wife, Rep. Elisa “Olga” Kho, close to 50 candidates aspiring for various elective positions in the province signed a peace covenant in a program initiated by the Comelec, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Masbate Advocates for Peace (MAP).

Running for governor are Bravo of the National Unity Party (NUP), Antonio Kho of the Nacionalista Party (NP), and Rizalina Seachon-Lanete of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier dismissed Lanete, the former governor, from public service due to alleged misuse of P112.29 million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) when she was representative from 2007 to 2009. Lanete is detained and facing a plunder charge.

The first congressional district race will pit Maria Vida Bravo of NUP against Ciceron Altarejos of NP while the second district is a battle between Revil of the Liberal Party and Olga Kho of NP. In the third district, Scott Davies Lanete of NPC will face Wilton Kho of NP.

Bravo lamented that others who signed the peace covenant in the 2013 elections violated their commitment and resorted to employing “guns, goons and gold” in order to win.

“We will never have a peaceful and orderly election if others would follow this old political strategy,” he said.

Bravo asked his fellow politicians in the province to dump the old way of politics and resort to a “performance based” strategy.

The Task Force Masbate, manned by the police’s Regional Special Operation Task Group (RSOTG), has been monitoring armed groups supposedly hired by politicians in the province’s second district covering the towns of Cataingan, Balud, Esperanza, Cawayan, and Mandaon.

Reports received by the task force said these candidates were spending between P25,000 and P50,000 a month to maintain these armed groups.

Despite the apprehension of candidates, Judge Igmidio Camposano, MAP chair, said they will continue what they have started to keep the province peaceful during the election.

He said no election-related violent incident was reported in the province in the 2013 elections.

MAP, he said, would push the removal of Masbate from the list of election hot spots.

“We will see to it that Masbate will be progressive and peaceful and we will not anymore rely on battalions of policemen and soldiers to keep the province safe,” Camposano said.


MANILA STANDARD

Closer than ever: Poe still ahead, but Duterte now 2nd in latest poll posted March 07, 2016 at 12:01 am by Joyce Pangco Panares



THE presidential race just got even tighter as Senator Grace Poe, who remained the frontrunner, lost three percentage points while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte became the biggest gainer with four percentage points more, the latest The Standard Poll conducted from Feb. 24 to March 1 showed.

With the survey’s national margin of error of +/- 1.8 percent, three presidential aspirants were statistically tied for first place—Poe with 26 percent (down from 29 percent in January), Duterte with 24 percent (up from 20 percent), and Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23 percent (up from 22 percent).

Administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II came in close second at 22 percent while Senator Miriam Santiago trailed behind with only 2 percent.

“With Poe getting slight declines in vote share, Duterte gaining some points, and Binay and Roxas maintaining their vote support­—the presidential race has become tighter,” said Junie Laylo, The Standard’s resident pollster.

“The campaign effect is kicking in and the race is expected to be very fluid given the upcoming debates and increased sorties of candidates,” Laylo added.

Poe, who is still waiting for the Supreme Court to resolve her petition to overturn the decision of the Commission on Elections disqualifying her from the presidential race, welcomed the result of the survey.

“The people’s continued support for my candidacy across the country warms my heart and encourages me to work harder to deliver our message of hope for their future,” Poe said.

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Her spokesman, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said Poe remained on top “despite all the under-handed attacks launched against her.”

Duterte spokesman Peter Laviña welcomed the latest results.

“We are happy with the result of this survey, which we think mirrors what is really happening on the ground. We believe this is more reflective of the pulse of the communities and the preference of the Filipino people,” he said.

“The high increase by Duterte of four percentage points, noticeably the only one among the bets to gain that much, is more reflective of what we are seeing as we visit communities, talks to volunteers, meet with support groups and sectors, and consult with local leaders across the country,” he added.

Roxas’ spokesman Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez declined to comment on the survey.

“The Vice President will continue to talk directly to the people about the need for an experienced and compassionate leadership to address the moral issue of poverty. Numbers will go up and down in the course of the campaign, but what will be constant is our ground game,” Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said.

Poe and Binay took the lead in the National Capital Region with 28 percent each, but with a higher margin of error of +/- 6 percent in the Metro Manila results, Duterte was statistically tied with them at 23 percent.

Across other major geographic areas with a margin of error of +/- 4 percent, Poe and Binay were tied in North/Central Luzon with 34 percent and 33 percent, respectively. The two presidential candidates were also tied in South Luzon/Bicol with Poe getting 32 percent and Binay with 27 percent.

Visayas continued to be Roxas’ bailiwick with 36 percent of respondents there choosing him, while Duterte was the top choice of voters in Mindanao with 49 percent.

Per region, Poe led in Cordillera (39 percent), Ilocos (40 percent), Central Luzon (34 percent), and Mimaropa (31 percent).

Duterte led in Zamboanga Peninsula (30 percent), Northern Mindanao (43 percent), Davao Region (79 percent), Cotabato Region (47 percent), Caraga (43 percent) and ARMM (45 percent).

Binay was the top choice among voters in Cagayan Valley (62 percent) and Eastern Visayas (27 percent) while Roxas led in Bicol (34 percent), Western Visayas (51 percent) and Negros Island (45 percent).

Poe and Binay were tied in Calabarzon with 33 percent each.

By locale, Poe led other presidential bets with 27 percent in urban areas, but this was down from 35 percent in January. In contrast, all other candidates saw a slight increase in their rating among voters in urban areas.

Duterte was the top choice of voters in rural areas with 25 percent, with Poe close behind with 24 percent.

By economic class, Poe lost her lead to Duterte among voters from those belonging to Class ABC. Poe, who registered 30 percent in January, saw her rating go down to 21 percent while Duterte’s 27 percent in January rose to 30 percent.

The survey had 3,000 respondents—all of whom are registered voters with biometrics and who said they are sure to vote in the May elections—from 79 provinces across the country and the 17 cities in the National Capital Region.


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