The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has welcomed the latest results of Social Weather Stations (SWS), which revealed eight of their candidates would win should senatorial elections be held on the survey date.
UNA secretary-general Tobias “Toby” Tiangco attributed the favorable SWS survey, which was held from January 17 to 19, to the endorsing power of UNA leader and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“It’s the pulling power of the vice president. The people who are not involved in politics, they don’t know that the same respondents were the ones who gave him high trust ratings,” Tiangco said.
“We are in a happy place right now,” he added.
In a survey originally published in BusinessWorld, only four candidates running under the administration slate made it to the winning circle for the senatorial race.
They are reelectionist Senators Alan Peter Cayetano (3rd place) and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel Jr. (tied at 5th and 6th place), former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar (tied at 8th or 9th place), and reelectionist Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (tied at 10th and 11th place).
Common candidates like reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Francis “Chiz” Escudero dominated the survey, placing first and second respectively.
Former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chair Grace Poe-LLamanzares, an independent candidate, is tied with Trillanes on 10th and 11th place.
UNA spokesperson JV Bautista defended their slate from political analysts, who said UNA senatorial bets only made it on top of survey because of a mere “name recall.”
Bautista, who is also running for Congress in Cabanatuan City, appealed to media that their coalition has a new kind of politics other than “name recall.”
“It does not speak well of political maturity of the public. We would like to think that in this election, it is the performance of the candidates and the performance of those endorsing them influence votes,” Bautista said.
For his part, Tiangco explained the survey only reminds them of the strategy they need to focus on in order to improve the performance of other candidates.
San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, who ranked the highest from UNA coalition at fourth place, thanked the public for pushing him from the 5th ranking in December 2012.
"I want to thank the Filipino people for their continued support. I am honored and humbled by your trust and faith in me. Muli, maraming salamat," said the young lawmaker.