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By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
Familiar names continue to dominate the list of the possible top 12 contenders in the 2013 senatorial race, based on the Pulse Asia survey results released on Tuesday.
The nationwide survey conducted on November 23-29, with 1,200 respondents, showed that Senators Francis Escudero (74.1 percent) and Loren Legarda (69.3 percent) lead the list of possible winners in the coming senatorial race.
Both Legarda and Escudero are guest candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Pulse Asia noted that the rest of the list of probable winners is evenly split with five candidates coming from the coalition led by the Liberal Party (LP), and five others belonging to UNA.
Out of the 32 senatorial candidates included in the survey, 12 have a statistical chance of making it to the Senate if the May 2013 elections were held during the survey period.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano ranked 3rd to 4th places (60.1 percent), while San Juan Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito Estrada (57 percent) ranked 3rd to 6th places.
Sharing 4th to 7th places are Cagayan Representative Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (53.2 percent), and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar (52.2 percent).
Meanwhile, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has an overall voter preference of 50.2 percent, which translates to a ranking of 5th to 8th places, while Senator Gringo Honasan (44.9 percent) is ranked 7th to 12th.
Completing the list of probable winners are four candidates who share 8th to 12th places – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (43.2 percent), Vice President Jejomar Binay’s daughter Nancy Binay (41.3 percent), Aurora Representative Edgardo Angara (40.8 percent), and former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (40.5 percent).
The respondents were specifically asked “Kung ang nasabing halalan sa 2013 ay isasagawa ngayon, sinu-sino sa mga sumusunod na personalidad ang inyong iboboto kung sakaling sila ay kakandidato sa pagka-Senador? Puwede kayong pumili ng hanggang 12 pangalan.”
Thirty-two names of personalities were shown to the respondents where they can pick their choices.
Meanwhile, UNA is on track as far as its goal to put up a strong showing in next year’s senatorial election based on the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia.
The survey results released by UNA through a statement showed that seven of its bets have a good chance to land on the top 12 of the senatorial race next year.
Other UNA candidates in the top 20 are former Senator Richard Gordon in 14th, Grace Poe-Llamanzares (guest candidate) in 17th, former Senator Ernesto Maceda in 19th, and Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco in 20th place.
Vice President Binay earlier predicted that UNA would get up to eight of the 12 senatorial slots in next year’s poll.
“I think my forecast is, on a good, better, best will be six, seven, eight (slots),” Binay said in a previous interview.
Though it has refused to be tagged as the opposition, UNA candidates will go up against the ruling Liberal Party bets in the 2013 national midterm election. (With a report from JC Bello Ruiz)
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