The administration coalition has taken an early lead against the senatorial bets from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the latest senatorial survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS).
In a survey originally published on BusinessWorld, SWS revealed that nine candidates from President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s Team PNoy will win if senatorial polls were to be at the time of the survey.
The survey, which conducted face to face interviews with 1,200 respondents from February 15 to 17, revealed six Team PNoy bets occupied the first half of the winning circle.
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Reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Francis “Chiz” Escudero as well as former censors chief Grace Poe still occupy the top 5 even after being dropped as guest candidates from UNA last week.
Incumbent Senator Alan Peter Cayetano continues to trail behind Legarda and Escudero on the third spot while former Las Pinas City Rep. Cynthia Villar placed fourth ahead of Poe.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who has just assumed post as senator in late 2011 after years of electoral protest since 2007, is tied at fifth and sixth place with the daughter of late Fernando Poe Jr.
Meanwhile, the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay jumped five notches from 12th place to seventh, becoming highest-ranking UNA candidate to enter the winning circle in the SWS survey.
Running under Team PNoy, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV also jumped two spots, ranking 8th after coming from a tie on 10th and 11th place in the same survey held last January.
San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito-Estrada suffered a big loss after falling from the fourth spot down to a tie with social entrepreneur Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV on 9th and 10th place.
This is the first time for President Aquino’s first cousin to enter the Magic 12.
Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara re-entered the winning circle, occupying the 11th spot after placing 13th during the last two surveys conducted by SWS in December 2012 and January 2013.
Former Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri placed the last in the winning circle, sliding from Top 7.
UNA candidates – Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile and reelectionist Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan – were bumped off their spots in the Magic 12, placing 13th and 15th in the latest SWS survey.
Jesus Is Lord Movement founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva placed 20th, the highest spot that an independent candidate not associated with any coalition has occupied.
Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro “Teddy” Casino placed 23rd and 24th while former Philippine Constabulary chief Ramon Montano and Ang Kapatiran Party bet JC Delos Reyes were tied on 26th and 27th places.