Duterte's daughter stays top in poll on Philippine president candidates


FILE PHOTO: Sara Duterte, Davao City Mayor and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, delivers a speech during a senatorial campaign caravan for Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Davao City, southern Philippines on May 9, 2019. HNP is a regional political party chaired by Sara Duterte. Picture taken May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr

MANILA (Reuters) - The daughter of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has topped the latest opinion poll on preferred presidential candidates for an election next year, a contest she insists she has no interest in joining.

The survey by the independent Pulse Asia, conducted between Feb. 22 and March 3, showed 27% of 2,400 respondents would vote for Davao city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio above 13 other suggested candidates.

It was the second successive time Sara Duterte, 42, has topped Pulse Asia's survey on potential leaders.

She recently told Reuters there was no chance she would run next year. Her father has also stated publicly that she should not enter the race.

But few in the Philippines are convinced amid a flurry of social media activity and unofficial campaigns backing her to succeed her father, who cannot seek re-election under the country's constitution.

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the country's late dictator, was in second place in the poll, with 13% of the vote.

Senator Grace Poe, who ran against Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 election, and Manila city mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, were both third with 12%, and global boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao trailed them with 11%.

Vice President Leni Robredo, a former human rights lawyer who leads the main opposition and is a staunch rival of Duterte, trailed that group, with 7%.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2%. None of the 13 suggested candidates have formally declared their interest in the presidency.

The election is more than a year away, and political analysts have said that a great deal could change prior to the May 9 polls.

(Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Martin Petty)

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