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Kiko is unconcerned about by-polls and believes he will win the VP election.

CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, a vice presidential candidate, believes he may still win the vice-presidential contest in the May 9 elections, despite finishing third in the Pulse Asia poll.

“Well, the polling was done three weeks ago. In politics and campaigning, a week is already too long (to change voters’ thoughts),” he remarked at a press conference held in the mayor’s office conference room here on Wednesday.

Pangilinan was ranked third in the vice presidential contest by Pulse Asia Research, with 16 percent, behind Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto (18%) and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (55%).

Pangilinan, on the other hand, believes that pre-election polls aren’t a guarantee of victory, noting similar election scenarios in which elected leaders had low polling ratings before the election.

During the 2016 elections, he cited Vice President Leni Robredo, previous Vice President Jejomar Binay, and even President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Even President Duterte was 21 percent in March 2016.” He’s already at 39% in May,” Pangilinan remarked.

Due to the efforts of volunteers and supporters, Pangilinan remains optimistic that his survey position will improve.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. continues to lead the presidential candidates poll with 56 percent, according to the April 16-21 Pulse Asia figures.

Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Mayor Isko Moreno, and Panfilo Lacson came in second and third, respectively, with 7 percent, 4 percent, and 2 percent.

Aside from the poll, Pangilinan claimed to have outperformed Duterte in Google trends.

According to Google Search’s interest in the top searched vice-presidential candidates over the last week, Pangilinan received 45 percent of searches, which is 4% higher than Duterte’s search score.

Meanwhile, according to the same Google Search interest in the top presidential candidates last week, Robredo had 55 percent of the vote, which is more than half of Marcos’ 25 percent.

Pangilinan and his colleagues returned to the city to meet with former Marcos supporters who are now proclaiming support for the Leni-Kiko campaigns.

He and his campaign staff also went to local public markets to solicit support.

Pangilinan’s brother Anthony, along with his daughter Ana, arrived in the city on Tuesday for a house-to-house campaign in vote-rich Barangay Macabalan and a rally at the Carmen public market with hundreds of local volunteers.

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