De Guzman poised to pull upset over Duterte

Apr. 07, 2010

Former Davao City Mayor Benjamin de Guzman appears poised to turn the tables over Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the vice mayoral race on May 10.

The possibility loomed after former Rep. Ruy Elias Lopez released this week a survey in District 3 showing De Guzman seizing the lead over Duterte.

The Lopez survey, which covered 27,142 respondents from 35 barangays in District 3, showed De Guzman taking as much as 69-percent of the votes in the area as against Duterte’s 31-percent. Conversely, De Guzman collected 27,142 votes versus the 8.429 votes for Duterte.

“The survey only shows that Duterte has lost District 3 because he has lost the Lopez family and many more,” Team Nograles spokesman Mario Tamayo said. ”We also have to consider that the combined political following of Lopez and De Guzman in District 3 could overwhelm whatever clout Duterte used to have in the area.” Continue reading

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