Reelectionist bets dominate Senate races

Reelectionist bets dominate Senate races
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Reelectionist senators continued to dominate the Senate races, with only one new name entering the “Magic 12” of possible senatorial winners, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the private polling firm Social Weather Stations last week.

Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. (53 percent) and Jinggoy Ejercito-Estrada (52 percent) were ahead of the pack.

Following them were Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago (44 percent), Pia Cayetano (42 percent), former Sen. Franklin Drilon (36 percent), Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile (35 percent), and former Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (33 percent).

Former Sen. Ralph Recto and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. were ranked 8th-9th with 30 percent.

They were described by the report as “clearly above 13th place.”

Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid was ranked 10th with 26 percent while former Sen. Sergio Osmeña III was 11th with 25 percent.

Entering the Magic 12 at 12th place was Gilbert Remulla, Nacionalista Party spokesperson and former Cavite congressman, with 24 percent.

“Remulla, who was 18th a month ago with just 14 percent, displaced PDP-Laban senatorial candidate Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, daughter of Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr.,” BusinessWorld said in its report published Monday.

“The top nine candidates and Osmeña have always been in the winning circle since the SWS survey of Dec. 5-10, 2009,” the report said.

Following the Top 12 were Pimentel (23 percent), and Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III (21 percent).

Also cited in the report were businessman Jose “Joey” de Venecia III (19 percent), and Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon (18 percent).

The survey was conducted from March 19 to 22 with 2,100 registered voters as respondents. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.