Joe III leads preferred congressional bet: poll

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Former Iloilo City mayor Jose “Joe III” Espinosa topped the list of preferred congressional candidates in the 2022 elections, the latest survey by an independent group of political-science graduate students showed.

About 75 percent of respondents across the city’s 180 barangays chose Espinosa as their next congressman, according to the September 27 to October 3 survey.

Incumbent Julienne “Jam-Jam” Baronda received 15 percent while former councilor Plaridel Nava got 10 percent. (

The poll was conducted after Espinosa, who lost to then Rep. Jerry Treñas in the 2019 elections, confirmed his plans to vie for Iloilo City’s lone congressional district.

“We did this survey to determine the key concerns of Iloilo City voters,” said Ivan Evangelista, a political-science graduate student of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), who is part of the survey group.

The group is composed of graduate-student researchers from ADMU, University of San Carlos, and the University of the Philippines in Diliman.