By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
Manila, Philippines – Popular names continue to dominate the list of Top 12 contenders in the May 2013 senatorial elections, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.
In the January SWS survey with 1,200 respondents, Senators Loren B. Legarda (65 percent), Francis Joseph “Chiz” G. Escudero (62 percent), and Alan Peter S. Cayetano (60 percent) continue to hold the Top 3 spots.
Ranked fourth to 12th in the survey were San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor E. Ejercito (53 percent), Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan (48 percent), Sen. Koko Pimentel (48 percent), former Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri (47 percent), former Las Piñas City Rep. Cynthia A. Villar (46 percent), Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (46 percent), Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV (45 percent), former Movie and Television Review and Classification
Board (MTRCB) Chairperson Grace Poe Llamanzares (45 percent), and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) Deputy Secretary General Nancy Binay (43 percent).
Loren, Escudero, and Cayetano retained their rankings. Ejercito went up from fifth to fourth place.
Honasan, who shares fifth to sixth places with Pimentel, was up from eighth, while Pimentel’s ranking was at sixth to seventh, last December.
From ninth to 10th place in December, Zubiri jumped to seventh place.
Villar and Enrile fell from fourth and sixth-seventh places, respectively. They shared eighth to ninth places in this month’s survey.
Liberal Party (LP) bets topped the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the survey.
Loren, Escudero, Cayetano, Villar, Trillanes, and Llamanzares compose the administration’s senatorial slate while Ejercito, Honasan, Zubiri, Enrile, and Binay are under the opposition’s lineup.
Pimentel is a guest candidate in the administration’s senatorial ticket.
At 13th place is Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara with 39 percent. Former Sen. Richard J. Gordon fell to 14th with 36 percent, from 12th place last December.
At 15th place is President Benigno S. Aquino III’s cousin Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV with 34 percent. He is followed by former Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (33 percent) and Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” S. Madrigal (28 percent) at 16th and 17th places, respectively.
Former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros (25 percent) and former Sen. Ernesto Maceda (25 percent) both ranked 18th-19th.
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