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Aquino tops survey for Philippine president

Aquino tops survey for Philippine president

Opposition Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III topped an independent survey Wednesday as the most popular choice to succeed Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in next year's election.
Sixty percent of respondents named the 49-year-old son of late democracy icon Corazon Aquino among "the three best successors" to Arroyo, the respected pollster Social Weather Stations said.
The next top choice with 37 percent was Sen. Manny Villar, the wealthiest legislator who made his fortune as a real estate developer. He was followed by ousted President Joseph Estrada, who got 18 percent.
The 1,800 adult respondents were asked to list the names of leaders they consider Arroyo's best successors. The survey has a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.
Unlike other aspirants who had declared their presidential ambition months earlier, Aquino announced he will run only in early September.
He said he wants to continue the legacy of his mother, who led the 1986 "People Power" revolt that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and shot her to power. She served as president from 1986 to 1992.
Despite a patchy record during her six years in office, Corazon Aquino remains a well-loved figure and is credited with restoring democratic institutions after Marcos' 20-year strongman rule. She became a focal point for opposition to Marcos after her husband, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was assassinated after returning from exile in 1983.
Corazon Aquino died in August and Aquino announced his bid the following month during an outpouring of sympathy and support.
A three-term congressman and an economist by training, Aquino said if elected he would ensure that government resources are utilized efficiently. He has criticized Arroyo _ his former economics professor _ for "forgetting what she has taught me."
Arroyo has consistently ranked in surveys as the most unpopular leader since Marcos amid allegations of vote fraud and corruption.
Arroyo's vice president, Noli de Castro, was favored by 8 percent of respondents and Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, the administration coalition's candidate, trailed with 4 percent.


Updated : 2021-10-19 05:18 GMT+08:00