The last rounds of surveys by Pulse Asia gives triumphant news for Rodrigo Duterte: He remains the top choice for president, and nothing dented his ratings at all.

Results of the last BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey conducted May 1-3 via face-to-face interviews with 4,500 validated voters nationwide — with a sampling error margin of ± 1 point — saw Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte ahead of the pack with a flat 33% score but still widen his lead over his closest contender, Senator Grace Poe, whose rating slipped to 22% from 24% from the preceding April 18-20 survey. The survey was taken after allegations first surfaced on April 27 of Mr. Duterte’s undeclared millions of pesos in bank deposits.

The same survey saw Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Maria Leonor G. Robredo racing neck-and-neck for the vice-presidency.

It did not take into consideration information that the Iglesia Ni Cristo has ordered its estimated two million members to vote solidly for Duterte and Marcos.

Administration standard bearer former Interior secretary Manuel A. Roxas II’s score was steady at 20% from 19% while that of Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay — a former frontrunner whose popularity has significantly eroded as opponents linked him and members of his family to purportedly irregular deals — steadied at 13% from 14%.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago continued to trail at 2%, flat from her previous score.

Four percent were undecided.

Duterte's lead dooms the dreams of the other candidates. And that's not including the Iglesia ni Cristo endorsement.

Another rumored “held” survey results, banned supposedly by Malacanang for holding a dangerously high lead of Duterte by 42%, corroborates with the fact that Duterte has led surveys all the way. He has consistently kept his lead despite his own faux pas which would put any other candidate on his or her knees, something that continues to leave critics, skeptics and statisticians confused.

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