Less than a week before the elections, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte retained his lead in the latest Pulse Asia survey, amid the controversy on his bank accounts.
The ABS-CBN poll released on Wednesday, May 4, saw Duterte with a 33% rating, followed by former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas with 22% who is in a statistical tie with Senator Grace Poe who got 21%.
Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to drop in the polls, chosen by 17%, a point lower than the previous week, while Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago remained at the bottom with 2%.
Meanwhile, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo topped the vice presidential polls with a 30% rating, with Senator Bongbong Marcos not far behind at 28%, making the two statistically tied.
He is followed by Senator Francis Escudero at distant 18%, with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano ranking fourth got 15%. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan got 2% and 3%, respectively.
The survey was conducted among 4000 respondents from April 26 to 29 with a margin of error of 1.5%.
PEZA investments up 18.6% in Q1
More business process outsourcing (BPO) companies are expected to arise as the Information Technology sector continues to be aggressive, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) reported on May 3.
Related: PH’s ICT growth hangs in balance
Investments rose to 18.6% at P48.8 billion ($1.015 billion) in the first quarter of the year, with the IT sector seen to have pledged the largest number of investments.
Out of the 208 pledged projects, 85 of which are IT-related, as the sector grew by 129% at P8.98 billion ($190.06 million), versus the same period last year.
Peza Director General Lilia G. de Lima said while the IT-sector grew the largest among all, electronics remained of most value, The Manila Bulletin reported.
Some of the IT projects expected are a 42-story center in Bonifacio Global City by Daiichi Properties worth P2.9 billion ($61.4 million); ProFriend’s P2.64-billion ($55.9 million) IT park in Cavite; and a P1.55-billion ($32.82 million) expansion project of the Enchanted Kingdom by EK Holdings Inc., Inquirer.net reported. – Elyssa Christine Lopez