KUWTT: BBM and Sara lead the OCTA survey | March 1, 2022

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READ: BBM and Sara top OCTA survey

The team of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio continued to dominate the polls among candidates in the May election. In OCTA Research’s February poll, Marcos was the president’s pick of 55% of respondents, 1% higher than he got in OCTA’s December 2021 survey. It dominated all subnational regions – 65% in Mindanao, 56% in Libra Luzon, 47% in the Visayas and 46% in the National Capital Region (NCR). Marcos also dominated socioeconomic classes, with 58% in group ABC, 54% in group D, and 55% in group E.

READ: Legarda leads Senate bets

Meanwhile, Ancient Rep. Loren Legarda topped the same poll for Senate candidates. The survey was conducted from February 12 to 17 and had 1,200 respondents. Close behind were Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, and Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and broadcaster Raffy Tulfo. Legarda was preferred by 66% of respondents, a 5% increase from OCTA’s December survey. Tulfo had 63%, a drop of 3% from the previous poll. Cayetano had 61% and Zubiri had 60%.

READ: Resumption of in-person classes encouraged

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian said on Monday that lowering the alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR) will pave the way for more schools to resume face-to-face classes. Metro Manila and 38 other regions across the country are moving to Alert Level 1 effective today, March 1. The re-elected senator, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, said in a statement “the lack of classes would result in what economic managers call education and economic scarring.”

READ: Duterte approves suspension of online cockfighting

SENATE Speaker Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte had agreed to order a suspension of e-sabong (electronic cockfighting). The running mate said Sen. Ronald dela Rosa discussed the issue with the president. It was Sotto who decided to suspend the license of e-sabong operators during the Senate investigation into missing persons linked to online cockfighting. Sotto on Thursday, February 24, pushed through a resolution urging the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to suspend e-sabong operations. He offered to “thoroughly investigate the missing rooster hunters”.

COMPANY: move to alert level 1 to help recovery

On the business side, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) on Monday welcomed the move of the National Capital Region (NCR) and 38 other regions to Alert Level 1, noting that it will boost economic recovery. MAP President Alfredo Pascual said in a statement that removing restrictions on the movement of people would help companies resume their pre-pandemic production and sales activities, especially those where working from home is not possible or practical.

SPORTS: Chot: Gilas is Dwight, Thirdy team now

Top of the sports, for the second game in a row, Thirdy Ravena or Dwight Ramos had led Gilas Pilipinas’ goal output, but this time the Philippine national team suffered a solid 88-63 thrashing at the hands of the New Tall Blacks. -Zealand. Ravena, a stalwart of the San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B.League, finished with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in a losing effort. Ramos, also a B.League standout player playing for Toyoma Grouses, had a double-double performance of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are the front-page columnists today. The two chroniclers evoke the current war in Ukraine.

Today’s editorial also touches on the situation in Ukraine, focusing primarily on a cyberwar between Russia and the West. Read a full version in the opinion section of the newspaper or listen to the voice of the times.

READ: TMT forum to highlight PH’s 2022 outlook

The Manila Times, in cooperation with Citi, Digitalinnov and Infinivan, will host today, March 1, the virtual forum “Economic Outlook for 2022: Looking Beyond the Pandemic Endgame” to discuss the outlook and risks for the year. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno, a member of the Inter-Agency Development Budget Coordinating Board which has set an ambitious growth target of 7.0-9.0% for 2022, will deliver the keynote address of the event. Kelly Bird, Asian Development Bank Country Director for the Philippines; Ndiame Diop, World Bank Group Country Director for the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei; Aftab Ahmed, Citi Philippines Country Director and Citi Country Manager; and Milo Sandig, CEO of Digitalinnov, will also speak at the forum. This forum will be moderated by Times President Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd and columnist Ben Kritz. We’ll see each other there.

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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Tuesday.

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