MANILA, Philippines – No different from its November 2014 survey, Pulse Asia’s March 1-7, 2015, results also showed Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and former Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo “Ping” Lacson leading the pack of senatorial candidates preferred by voters.
Sotto and Lacson, who each registered a high 97% awareness rating, ranked first and second among the choices of respondents. Sotto got a 59.3% rating compared to Lacson’s 58.3%.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr ranked 3rd-6th, with a 47.2% rating.
Tied at slots 3-7 were 3 Liberal Party members: former Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan with 44.7%, Senate President Franklin Drilon with 44.1%, and Senator Ralph Recto with 43.9%.
Pangilinan was appointed Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization after his senatorial term ended in 2013.
Former Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, who served until 2011, took slots 4-10 with 40.2%. He resigned after he was accused of cheating in the 2007 elections. He ran for the Senate again in 2013 but placed 14th.
Three more possible senatorial candidates were tied for slots 7-12: Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Senator Sergio Osmeña III, both tied with 36%, and former Senator Dick Gordon with 35.5%.
Two other possible senatorial candidates that have a chance of winning are former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, who garnered 33.1% just like former Senator Jamby Madrigal. Both women occupy slots 8-15, but the survey’s 3-point error margin still gives them a chance in the polls.
The same goes for Liberal Party Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III (29.8%), Lino Edgardo Cayetano (29.7%), and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao (29.5%). All 3 ranked 11th-17th in the survey.
Incumbent senators Marcos, Guingona, and Osmeña can seek a second term in 2016. Former senators Gordon and Madrigal, meanwhile, both ran in 2013 and lost.
Thirty-eight other individuals were listed in the senatorial preferences list, including those with an awareness rating of over 90%: Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (91%), Cavite 2nd District Representative Lani Mercado Revilla (94%), and actor Dingdong Dantes (95%). The 3, however, fell outside of the Magic 12. – Chay Hofileña/Rappler.com