Six reelectionists led by Escudero top Pulso ng Pilipino survey
By Vernice Santos | The Philippine Chronicle Mindanao Bureau
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines – Six reelectionists led by Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero have appeared to be on top of the selections for the 2013 Senate in the survey conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center in August.
The Issues and Advocacy Center said that of 12 individuals who have statistical opportunity of winning, 6 are either former of present constituents of the Senate.
Six re-electionists in the Top 12 were initiated by Senator Francis Joseph Escudero who achieved the highest rank of 66 percent. Next, Senator Lorna Regina Legarda who attained 59.3 percent, followed by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 54 percent, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III who got 46.6 percent, Senator Gregorio Honasan II with 43 percent and lastly Senator Antonio Trillanes who got 30.2 percent.
“I will now show you a list of aspirants or candidates for the position of senator. If the elections will be held today, who among the candidates in the list are you going to vote for? Please look at the list and choose 12 names. Please just list the number that corresponds to the name of the candidate.” The Issues and Advocacy Center’s Pulso ng Pilipino survey said to the respondents as their basis for analysis.
Those in the list are as follow:
- Sen. Francis Joseph Escudero (66 percent)
- Sen. Lorna Regina Legarda (59.3 percent)
- Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (54 percent)
- Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III (46.6 percent)
- Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (46.6 percent)
- Sen. Gregorio Honasan II (43 percent)
- Kris Aquino (39.8 percent)
- Rep. JV Ejercito (37.3 percent)
- Former Rep. Cynthia Villar (35 percent)
- Former Sen. Richard Gordon (30.2 percent)
- Former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (30.2 percent)
- Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (30.2 percent)
- Rep. Rodolfo Biazon (27 percent)
- Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (27 percent)
- Former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (23 percent)
- Businessman Joey De Venecia (20.2 percent)
- Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto (20.2 percent)
- Rep. Mitos Magsaysay (20.2 percent)
- Rep. Lorenzo Tanada III (18 percent)
- Former Rep. Risa Hontiveros Baraquel (17.3 percent)
- Former Senate Pres. Ernesto Maceda (17.3 percent)
- Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon (17.3 percent)
So far, the six re-electionists had a great chance of winning because of their steady and stable ranks on previous surveys conducted by different survey teams last few months.
Interest of the Public
The survey stated that while there are still 9 months to set out prior to the next elections of the Senate, the interest of the public in exercising their voting and electoral rights is by now actually with Filipinos with median and mean of their favored and chosen senatorial candidates for May 2013 Senate election.
The survey was accomplished last August 24 until August 30 establishing a personal face-to-face interview to 1,200 respondents.
It has a ± 3 percent margin at the full assurance stage to attain the final survey. 1,200 registered voters were put as respondents all over the Philippines particularly in Luzon, NCR (Metro Manila), Visayas and Mindanao.
The Senate of the Philippines Election is situated on May 13, 2013 Monday. The election is for Filipinos and registered voters who will elect 12 of the 24 seats on the Senate. They will be included to the 16th Congress simultaneously with senators elected last 2010 senatorial election.
Elected Senators of 2010 will handle the government up to June 30, 2016 and the senators who will be elected on 2013 senatorial election will give their full effort until June 30, 2019.
Philippines established a voting in plurality-at-large process especially for places in the Senate wherein 12 candidates with the uppermost number of election votes prevail and win the 12 seats and places for election. – Vernice Santos, The Philippine Chronicle News