3 ‘statistically tied’ for 1st in Senate race—Pulse Asia
Santiago biggest gainer in ratings
By Abigail Kwok
MANILA, Philippines—Three senators who are running for re-election are “statistically tied” at first place, according to the results of the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia released on Tuesday.
Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago would most likely end up in a tie had the senatorial race been held on February, Pulse Asia said.
In its survey conducted from February 21 to 25, Revilla registered a voter preference of 53.6 percent; Estrada registered a voter preference of 52.6 percent; while Santiago registered a voter preference of 49.4 percent.
The survey, which was conducted among 1,800 respondents nationwide with margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent, also showed Santiago as the biggest gainer among the candidates.
Santiago gained 8.2 percent in terms of voter preference, compared to the previous survey also conducted by Pulse Asia last January where Santiago registered 41.2 percent in terms of voter preference.
Pulse Asia also said that 14 candidates would have a “statistical chance” in gaining a seat in the Senate this coming election.
A majority of those who made it in Pulse Asia’s list were senators or former senators seeking to return to office.
Tied in third place are Senator Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano (45.4 percent) and former Senate President Franklin Drilon (45 percent).
Completing the list of 14 candidates are current Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (43.8 percent), former Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (33.2 percent), former senator and former National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) director general Ralph Recto (33.1 percent), former Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III (29.1 percent), Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (28.2 percent), Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid (25.8 percent), Bukidnon Representative Teofisto “TG” Guingona III (24.3 percent), businessman and national broadband network deal whistleblower Jose “Joey” De Venecia III (23.5 percent), and Muntinlupa Representative Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon (22.7 percent).
“Of these candidates, former Senators Sotto, Recto, and Osmeña, and Rep. Marcos would have joined the winning circle of 12 senators if the elections were held at the time of the survey,” Pulse Asia said.
Pulse Asia also said that despite only three months left before the elections in May, 8.3 percent of registered voters “did not express electoral support for any senatorial candidate, refuse to name their senatorial preferences, or have yet to decide on the candidates they will vote for.”
The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews. Among the prominent issues at the time the survey was conducted include the C-5 road extension controversy involving Senate President Manny Villar, Senator Panfilo Lacson evading arrest by fleeing the country in relation to the Dacer-Corbito double murder case, and other election-related concerns involving the Commission on Elections.