Metro Mayors Assured of Reelection in 2022

Metro Mayors Assured of Reelection in 2022

By Tracy Cabrera

LATEST Pulso ng Pilipino survey results have assured the reelection of a number of local chief executives (LCEs) in the National Capital Region come the national polls in 2022.

This was shown in the response of their constituents who gave them high marks with regards to their performance in the last 364 days, most especially in the way they responded to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and in alleviating the plight of their constituency.

Survey results of The Issues and Advocacy Center conducted from July 3 to August 6 the current year listed the LCEs rated highly by residents in cities such as Pasig City mayor Victor ‘Vico’ Sotto (91 percent), Manila mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso (84 percent), Valenzuela mayor Rexlon ‘Rex’ Gatchalian (81 percent), Pasay City mayor Emy Calixto-Rubiano (79 percent) and Pateros mayor Miguel ‘Ike’ Ponce III (76 percent).

The other LCEs who figured prominently in the Pulso ng Pilipino survey are Marikina mayor Marcy Teodoro (75 percent), Makati mayor Abigail Binay-Campos (72 percent), Navotas mayor Toby Tiangco (67 percent), Mandaluyong mayor Menchie Abalos (62 percent), San Juan mayor Francis Zamora (61 percent), Muntinlupa mayor Jimmy Fresnedi (54 percent), Taguig mayor Lino Cayetano (51 percent), Paranaque mayor Edwin Olivarez (44 percent), Las Pinas mayor Mel Aguilar (41 percent), Malabon mayor Lenlen Oreta III (38 percent), Caloocan mayor Oca Malapitan (36 percent) and Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte (33 percent).

One of the many ways to validate the perception of the public towards public servants especially those who are elected into office is to actually ask them about their preferences with regards to their choices during elections.

The Center which coordinates the Pulso ng Pilipino survey included this third question as a barometer to measure the public’s perception of the LCEs in their respective areas with regards to their chances of getting reelected in 2022.

Respondents in the 16 cities and one municipality were asked if they will vote for the reelection of their incumbent LCE or mayor if the scheduled election on May 9, 2022 will be held today.

As expected, Sotto again topped the survey with 84 percent of respondents in Pasig saying they will vote for Sotto if he will run for reelection. Only .04 percent said they will not vote for him while .09 percent said they are undecided.

Isko Moreno of Manila is the preferred choice of 83 percent of the respondents and only .09 percent said they will not vote for him

and .08 percent said they don’t know. While there are rumors suggesting Moreno may seek the presidency in 2022, this report was dismissed by those close to Moreno who said he may opt to serve the three terms as mayor of the country’s capital.

Of these incumbents, Belmonte has to redouble her efforts in the remaining months of her current term to recoup the popularity and public support she may have lost in view of the many missteps that her administration has committed particularly during this Covid-19 crisis.

There are five incumbents who are currently serving their third and final term and thus are not eligible for reelection. They, however, stand a good chance of getting elected if they will seek the legislative post in their respective cities.

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