The University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) released the survey results showing majority of Dabawenyos believe Mayor Sara Z. Duterte will run for senator in the 2019 mid-term elections.

Dr. Maria Linda B. Arquiza, assistant vice president for Research and Publication Center of UM-IPO, told Wednesday’s Habi at Kape that the survey conducted from July 13 to 18 among 1,200 respondents showed that 75 percent see the mayor running for senator.

Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 25 percent do not see her competing for a national position.

The survey used three percent margin of error and employed multi-stage cluster sampling.

Of the 75 percent, Arquiza said 91 percent believe the local chief executive running in the senatorial race will be a good for President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Perhaps, the sentiment springs from the feeling that Davao will not be left behind when both President Duterte and Mayor Sara will hold national positions,” she said.

The survey also showed that 84 percent believe the mayor is ready for the national position because of her experience in politics although they also believe that she needs to improve her political machinery.

Only 58 percent of respondents believe that the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) can catapult her to the national political arena.

Asked if they will vote for Sara, 97 percent answered positively and three percent in the negative, Arquiza said.

If the younger Duterte takes a shot at senatorial race, Dabawenyos’ choice for the mayoralty post will be presidential son Paolo Duterte (49 percent); First District Rep Karlo Nograles (38 percent); Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag; Danny Dayanghirang; and Mabel Sunga-Acosta.

The names of youngest presidential son Sebastian Duterte, son-in-law Mans Carpio and presidential daughter-in-law January Duterte also came out in the survey as possible candidates for mayor.

Dabawenyos will also vote for Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, Grace Poe, Pia Cayetano, Sonny Angara, Koko Pimentel, Neri Colmenares, Francis Tolentino, JV Ejercito, Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay. (Digna D. Banzon/PNA)

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