Ever heard of Enrile Jr.? Well, he emerged among the preferred candidates for the 2013 Senatorial polls, according to poll firm Pulse Asia.
Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile Jr. is the son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Pulse Asia reported that if the May 2013 senatorial elections were held during its survey period, Enrile Jr. can rank from third to seventh place with a voter preference of 38.2%.
The survey fieldwork was conducted from Feb. 26 to March 9 in which the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, where Enrile Sr. is sitting as presiding officer, is among the major developments in the country, Pulse Asia noted.
Pulse Asia said the younger Enrile's name was included in the choices because some groups have claimed he was eyeing the Senate. Enrile Sr. can no longer run for another term.
"There may probably be some confusion as to whether it was the father," Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse Asia Chief Research Fellow told Yahoo! Southeast Asia in a phone interview.
"It will still play out, especially in the campaign period when people learn he is not his father," Tabunda added, as she recalled the case of Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel who finished last in the 2007 Senatorial race despite a good standing in surveys prior the elections.
Aside from Enrile Jr., 14 other personalities would have a statistical chance of winning the 12 senatorial seats. Most of the probable winners are either incumbent or former members of the Senate.
Claiming the top spot is Senator Loren Legarda, who enjoys an overall voter preference of 58.5%, followed by Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 52.7% preference at second place.
Completing the top five are former senator and incumbent Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II (41.8%) and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (41.6%).
Should former Vice President Noli de Castro, also a former member of the Senate, decide to run, he may re-elected as senator by 34.6% of voters, while three re-electionists would win another term – Senators Antonio Trillanes IV (33.7%), Gregorio Honasan (32.1%) and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (29.0%).
Three former senators would also return to the Upper House – Juan Miguel Zubiri (22.4%), Ana “Jamby” Madrigal (21.8%) and Rodolfo Biazon, now Muntinlupa representative, (22.5%).
San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (31.3%), former Leyte Rep. and TV news anchor Ted Failon (26.9%) and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (26.6%) made it to the winners’ circle as well, the survey said.
Meanwhile, Kris Aquino, “Queen of All Media” and younger sister of President Benigno Aquino III, and TV game show host Willie Revillame are within striking distance of a senatorial seat with voter preference of 20.7% and 20.2% respectively, the survey revealed.
The Pulse Asia survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adult respondents and has a +/-3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.