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Sara Duterte could rival Grace Poe for top spot in senatorial polls – Pimentel

/ 09:28 PM September 22, 2018
Grace Poe and Sara Duterte-Carpio

Sen. Grace Poe (left) and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (File photos by CATHY MIRANDA / INQUIRER.net and EDWIN BACASMAS / Philippine Daily Inquirer, respectively)

Only Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio could rival Sen. Grace Poe in the top spot for the upcoming May 2019 elections.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III issued this statement following the recent Pulse Asia senatorial pre-election survey, which showed Poe in the top spot with Duterte-Carpio on fifth.

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Poe garnered 70.1 percent voter preference and Carpio got 39.5 percent.

In between them were Cynthia Villar with 57.7 percent, Pia Cayetano with 54.4 percent, and Nancy Binay with 50.6 percent.

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READ: Poe tops Pulse Asia 2019 senatorial pre-election survey

“Ako nga ang personal opinion ko si Sara lang ang pwedeng makalaban kay Grace sa number one eh,” Pimentel said in a radio interview with AM radio station dwIZ on Saturday.

[My personal opinion is that Sara is the only one that can rival Grace for the number one spot.]

Pimentel noted that, even without an official announcement of her running for senator, Carpio was able to rank high in the recent senatorial poll.

“So siya lang po ang may chance na makakalaban ni Sen. Grace Poe sa number one, si Sara,” he said.

[So it‘s only Sara who has a chance to fight Sen. Grace Poe for the number one spot.]

Pimentel made the remark after being asked if he had any update on whether or not they were able to convince the Davao City mayor to run for senator.

He said there were no talks regarding the matter. But he pointed out that PDP-Laban, chaired by the mayor’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, had a reserved slot in their senatorial slate for the younger Duterte.

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“Kami po sa PDP-Laban, hindi naman namin siya kinukumbinse. Pero meron kaming naka-reserve na slot sa kanya kung siya po’y tatakbo,” he said.

[We in PDP-Laban have not tried to convince her. But we have reserved a slot for her in case she’s running.]

The mayor has so far maintained that she will not seek a Senate seat in 2019. /atm

READ: Sara Duterte quashes anew rumors of 2019 Senate bid

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