Joe III still confident despite defeat in mayoral poll

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Iloilo City Mayor Jose “Joe” Espinosa III said he is not worried about Rep. Jerry Treñas’ lead in the recent mayoral survey.

It was commissioned, said Espinosa referring to the Random Access Consultants, Inc. poll.

“You ask around who commissioned the survey. I heard it was P300,000. Why would you agree to come out the loser in your own survey,” the politiko said in a Panay News article.

“I would surely win, too, if I commission a survey… I know how this works. We used to be allies,” he added.

The survey conducted between November 24 and 25, 2018 showed Treñas with a preferential rating of 58 percent, while Espinosa only got 28.3 percent.

Other mayoral candidates include Dr. Pacita Gonzalez (9.5 percent), Carmelo Carreon (1.2 percent), Efren Gimeo (0.5 percent), and Steve Abitang (0.2 percent).