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Re-electionist Senator Francis Escudero at the Commission on Elections main office in Manila, after filing his certificate of candidacy last October 2012.

MANILA, Philippines – The Pulse Asia’s nationwide survey for November this year showed re-electionist Senator Francis Escudero as the most preferred candidate for the 2013 Senate polls and is likely to be elected by 74 percent of the voting population.
Incumbent Senator Loren Legarda, who led in the September survey, followed Escudero with 69.3 percent preference, according to the polling body’s latest Ulat ng Bayan released on Tuesday.
Statistically, both Senate bets share and possibly are tied at the top two spots, while political parties United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and Liberal Party (LP) are also tied with five candidates each having high chances of making winning seats in the Senate, the Pulse Asia report indicated.
“Virtually all of the probable winners are either former or current members of Congress,” Pulse Asia added.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is the third choice for the Senate while San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada, Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile, Jr. and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar ranked fourth to sixth in the survey.
The report also showed that incumbent senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Gregorio Honasan and Antionio Trillanes IV are likely to walk the Senate halls once again in 2013 if the elections were held during the survey period.
Newcomers Nancy Binay, the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara ranked 10th and 11th in the survey, while resigned senator Juan Miguel Zubiri made it to the last spot as a preferred candidate of 40.5 percent of Filipinos.
Those who did not make the list of probable winners are 20 other senatorial candidates including former senators Jamby Madrigal, Richard Gordon and Ramon Magsaysay Jr. respectively placing just below the “magic 12.”
The nationwide survey conducted on November 23 to 29, using face-to-face interviews, was based on samples of 1,200 respondents which represent all demographic areas and groups of the adult population, the report said.
The survey also has a 3 percent “error margin” or the amount of sampling error. In statistics, larger error margins imply a lesser chance that the survey’s results are true.
The top five spots remained unmoved from the previous survey in September, while Villar who previously ranked 11th displaced Trillanes in the 6th spot.
Binay, who previously occupied the last spot, climbed two spots to swap with Zubiri.
The survey also discovered that 39 percent or about only four in ten Filipino voters have a complete slate for the May 2013 elections.
Top of mind
The appointment of Marvic Leonen, the goverment’s chief negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, to the Supreme Court was the top news item that occupied the minds of Filipinos when the survey was conducted in November.
Respondents were also concerned about the re-election of United States President Barack Obama and Chinese communist party official Xi Jinping’s selection as China’s next president as well as Commission of Election’s purging of party-list groups for the 2013 polls.
They were also attentive to legislative developments on the “sin tax” bill and the Reproductive Health bill, while eager to see the approval of the Freedom of Information bill.
Other developments and news items that preoccupied Filipinos were the discovery of pyramiding scams, the ASEAN meeting in Cambodia, the dumping of toxic waste in Subic, Olongapo allegedly by American tankers and the anniversary of the Maguinadao massacre, respectively.
Garnering the 10th and last spot as the topic Filipinos talked and thought about was the historic 7.1 percent growth in the Philippine economy and related economic developments.

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