March 24, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential aspirant Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has won by landslide in a new survey across three campuses of the state-run University of the Philippines (UP).
Santiago, a distinguished UP alumna and former law professor, was chosen president by 56.5 percent or 6,606 of the total 11,700 respondents in polls conducted in UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, and UP Manila.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte followed her with 2,356 votes; Senator Grace Poe with 1,273 votes; Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas with 641 votes; and Vice President Jejomar Binay with 288 votes.
Some 500 respondents abstained.
“I am honored to have been chosen by UP students, who are some of the most discerning voters and opinion leaders,” Miriam said.
“If elected, I vow to continue the tradition of honor and excellence embodied by UP,” she added.
Prior to winning the cross-campus survey, Santiago dominated at least four separate UP campus surveys: UP Baguio, 78.2 percent; UP Manila, 59.5 percent; and two UP Los Baños polls, where she got 86 percent and 65.75 percent.
Santiago has been dubbed the “president of campuses,” having topped the following university surveys conducted since she filed her certificate of candidacy last October:
• De La Salle University Manila, 75 percent
• Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 64 percent
• University of Santo Tomas, 66 percent
• Ateneo De Manila University, 36.6 percent
• University of Northern Philippines, 35.85 percent
• Malayan Colleges Laguna, 54.7 percent
• Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 58.5 percent
• Holy Angel University, 40 percent
• University of Asia and the Pacific, 43.2 percent
• Adamson University, 64 percent
• Ateneo de Naga University, 37.4 percent
• Philippine Normal University, 76 percent
As of January 17, Commission on Elections data showed that 24.73 million registered voters for the May polls were aged 17 to 34 years old.
Youth voters thus comprise almost half of the country’s 54.36 million registered voters.