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Kick start your day, March 15: Poe leads in latest SWS poll, San Miguel shares drop over fallen talks with Telstra

Plus, pump prices up and PAL holds seat sale.
By Entrepreneur Staff |


POE, ROBREDO LEADS POLLS; SMC ENDS TALKS WITH TELSTRA.  Senator Grace Poe remains the leading presidentiable according to the latest SWS survey, while Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo enjoyed a 5-point increase in the polls. Meanwhile, SMC clarifies reports and said it "contemplates" the launch of its telecommunications network. 


Poe still leading, VP race heats up in latest polls 


Senator Grace Poe remains the leading presidential contender—as shown in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey—with Vice President Jejomar Binay only three points behind, followed by former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, BusinessWorld first reported on March 13.

The survey—conducted on the eve the Supreme Court cleared Poe as a qualified candidate for the upcoming elections—was done from March 4 to 7 among 1800 respondents via face-to-face interviews.

Related: Supreme Court lets Grace Poe run for president

Poe gained three points from last month with 27%, while Binay who dropped by 5 points, closed in at 24%. Roxas improved his numbers to 22% from 18% last month, while Duterte lost three points with 21%.  Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s standing remains stagnant at 4%.

The results may have been affected by the first election debates in Cagayan de Oro on February 21, BusinessWorld noted.

Related: Presidentiables square off in televised debate

Meanwhile, the vice presidential race is led by three candidates, with Senator Francis Joseph “Chiz” G. Escudero and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. in a statistical tie and Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo at third place.


Escudero inched up with 2 points at 28%, while Marcos is at 26% but Robredo surged at 24%, up five points from last month.

Senators Alan Peter Cayateno, Antonio Trillanes, and Gringo Honasan all lag behind with 11%, 6%, and 5% respectively.

The same names also cropped up for the senatoriables, with re-electionist Vicente "Tito" Sotto III leading the pack with 53%.

He is followed by Panfilo Lacson (46%); Senate President Franklin Drilon (44%); Ralph Recto (44%); and Francis Pangilinan (43%).

The top 10 was completed by Juan Miguel Zubiri (41%); Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (38%); Sergio Osmena III (34%); Richard Gordon (32%); and former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (32%).



PLDT, Globe shares up after SMC-Telstra talks end

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom enjoyed a share price increase on Monday, March 14, after Telstra announced it is withdrawing from talks with San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

PLDT was up 11.56% from March 11’s numbers closing the market at P1,901 ($40.82) . Meanwhile, Globe enjoyed a 7.91% surge, closing at P1,910. ($41).


SMC, meanwhile, was down to 0.79%, closing at P75 ($1.61). The conglomerate also clarified in a disclosure to the local bourse a news report on Monday, that the firm “contemplates” pursuing the launch of its telecommunications network, as it remains open to possible partnerships.

Related: No go for Telstra-San Miguel partnership


PAL 75th anniversary sale

The country’s legacy carrier is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a treat for its customers.


Philippine Airlines’ is having a seat sale up to 75% off, as booking starts on March 15 until the 19th. Destinations include local and international flights like Boracay, Palawan, Los Angeles, Japan, London, and many others.


Travel dates are from June 10, 2016 to Dec 10, 2016 and January 16, 2017 and February 10, 2017.


Oil price hikes

Four oil firms are set to increase prices on Tuesday, March 15.

Shell Philippines, PTT Philippines, SEAOIL, Flying V and Eastern Petroleum will increase prices of gasoline by P1.60 ($0.03) per liter and diesel by P1.25 ($0.03) per liter effective 6 am on Tuesday.



Shell, Flying V, and SEAOIL will also increase kerosene prices by P1.15 ($0.02) per liter by 12:01 am, Tuesday.  – Elyssa Christine Lopez


Photos from Facebook accounts of Grace Poe and Leni Robredo, Meraclo website

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