By Deighton Acuin and Kaela Patricia Gabriel

PHOTO: Philippine Star

Malacañang on Wednesday said a survey from Pulse Asia where President Rodrigo Duterte and daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio ranked first as preferred presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2022 polls proves Filipinos still trust the governance of the current administration despite critics.

During a media briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “‘Yan ay nagpapakita na kahit ano pang ipukol ng mga kritiko ni Presidente laban sa kanya ay patuloy pa rin nagtitiwala at naniniwala ang sambayanang Pilipino sa liderato ni President Duterte.” 

He added: “Nagpapasalamat kami sa tiwala ng taong bayan na binigay kay President at kay Mayor Sara Duterte.”

According to a presidential preference survey dated June 7 to 16, Duterte-Carpio garnered 28% out of 2,400 respondents, followed by Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno with 14%, and former Senator Bongbong Marcos with 13%.

Furthermore, a vice presidential preference survey showed that President Duterte garnered 18% and Moreno with 14%.

Duterte’s vice presidential push came after the ruling party Partido Demokratiko  Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) adopted a resolution urging the chief executive to vie for the position in the next year’s elections.

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio's presidential call came after Albay Representative Joey Salceda disclosed on June 3 that she will join the 2022 presidential derby. 

Duterte-Carpio's party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) then clarified she will release her announcement whether or not she will vie for the country’s highest elective post by October.

President Duterte earlier said he is “seriously thinking” about the matter and his successor must be his “friend” or he will be “inutile”, a term synonymous with 'useless'.

The chief executive also reiterated he is against his daughter's presidential run due to possible backlash, saying he would rather have his staunch critics such as former Senator Antonio Trillanes and Senator Leila de Lima win the highest post.