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(11/19/09) -

Roxas is Vice-Presidential Frontrunner in Philippines

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Mar Roxas is the early leader in the race to become the Philippines’s next vice-president, according to a poll by Social Weather Stations. 40 per cent of respondents think the Liberal Party senator is a good contender for the 2010 election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Mar Roxas is the early leader in the race to become the Philippines’s next vice-president, according to a poll by Social Weather Stations. 40 per cent of respondents think the Liberal Party senator is a good contender for the 2010 election.

Current vice-president Noli de Castro and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) senator Loren Legarda are tied with 23 per cent, followed by NPC lawmaker Francis Escudero with 13 per cent. Support is lower for NPC senator Manuel Villar, Liberal Party senator Francis Pangilinan, Liberal Party senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Makati city mayor Jejomar Binay, and interior secretary Ronaldo Puno.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took over as president in January 2001, following Joseph Estrada’s resignation. Arroyo won a six-year term in the June 2004 presidential election, garnering 39.99 per cent of all cast ballots. De Castro—running as Arroyo’s running mate, but not as part of a single ticket—received 49.79 per cent of all cast ballots in the vice-presidential election, defeating Legarda.

In May 2007, voters in the Philippines renewed the House of Representatives and one-half of the Senate. Final results gave seven of the 12 upper house seats at stake to GO candidates, followed by the pro-government Team Unity (TU) with three, and two independents.

In 1986, Corazon Aquino—the widow of murdered opposition leader Benigno Aquino—took over as president when long-time dictator Ferdinand Marcos was forced to flee to Hawaii. Aquino accused Marcos of stealing a presidential election, and led a series of massive demonstrations that came to be known as "People Power" in order to topple the regime. Aquino ended her presidency on a high note and remained an extremely popular figure in the country, until her death on Aug. 1.

Aquino’s death ignited a sudden interest in her son becoming a presidential candidate. A grass-roots movement urging Aquino III to run forced the senator to consider a bid, which has now become practically official. He will run as a candidate of the Liberal Party. Roxas is his running mate.

On Nov. 16, former senator Ralph Recto and his wife Vilma Santos announced they were joining the Liberal Party and leaving the coalition of parties that support the Arroyo administration. Recto said he will run for senator, and added: "I think you have a good team in the LP under the leadership of Senator Noynoy and Senator Mar."

The next election is tentatively scheduled for June 2010. Arroyo is ineligible for a consecutive term in office.

Polling Data

Noli de Castro is allowed to run again for vice-president in 2010. Who do you think are the good leaders who should become vice-president in 2010? You may provide up to three answers.

Mar Roxas

40%

Noli de Castro

23%

Loren Legarda

23%

Francis Escudero

13%

Manny Villar

4%

Francis Pangilinan

3%

Benigno Aquino III

2%

Jejomar Binay

2%

Ronaldo Puno

2%

Source: Social Weather Stations
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,500 Filipino adults, conducted from Sept. 18 to Sept. 21, 2009. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent.