The “UniTeam” tandem of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio remained the top candidates in the OCTA Research Team’s presidential and vice-presidential surveys.

The research group’s surveys were conducted from April 2 to 6. It had 1,200 respondents.

Marcos was selected by 57 percent of the respondents and had the most votes in Metro Manila (35 percent) tied with Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Balance Luzon (66 percent), Visayas (56 percent) and Mindanao (50 percent).

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo placed second overall with 22 percent, a seven-point increase in voter preference from the first OCTA survey in February.

Robredo notched the second-highest numbers in Balance Luzon (21 percent), Visayas (23 percent) and Mindanao (23 percent).

Domagoso ranked third with 7 percent.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao garnered 7 percent of the votes. He had the third-most votes in Visayas (13 percent) and Mindanao (12 percent).

Completing the Top 5 in the presidential survey was Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who received four percent of the votes.

Duterte-Carpio garnered 57 percent of the votes to top the vice presidential survey.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III was second with 33 percent, followed by Robredo’s running-mate Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan at third with 12 percent.

OCTA’s surveys had a three percent margin of error. John Ezekiel J. Hirro