Reelectionists and incumbent officials' kin shared the lineup of 12 senators that would have won if elections were held in the last week of November, a new Pulse Asia survey showed.
Senators Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Loren Legarda sat on top of the list of senatorial preferences based on a survey of 1,200 adults aged 18 and above from Nov. 23 to 29.
Escudero would have notched the votes of 74.1 percent of respondents if the midterm polls were during the survey period, while Legarda would have also won a seat with the votes of 69.3 percent of respondents.
"[T]he 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 the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)," Pulse Asia said.
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Another reelectionist, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, landed in the 3rd to 4th spot with 60.1 percent of respondents saying they would have voted for him.
Meanwhile, San Juan City Representative JV Ejercito Estrada, whose brother Jinggoy is also in the Senate, was ranked 3rd to 6th with 57 percent voter preference.
Sharing 4th to 7th places are Cagayan Representative Juan Ponce Enrile, Jr., the son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (53.2 percent); and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, the wife of Senator Manny Villar (52.2 percent).
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Senator Aquilino Pimentel got an overall voter preference of 50.2 percent, ranking 5th to 8th.
His colleague Senator Gringo Honasan, meanwhile, was ranked 7th to 12th with an overall voter preference of 44.9 percent.
Rounding out the list of the 12 probable winners are Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (43.2 percent), Vice-President Jejomar Binay's daughter Nancy (41.3 percent), Aurora Rep. Edgardo Angara (40.8 percent) and former Senator Miguel Zubiri (40.5 percent), who all shared the 8th to 12th spots.
Included in the survey, meanwhile, but unable to make it to the top 12 are:
Former Senator Jamby Madrigal (34.4 percent)
Former Senator Dick Gordon (29.7 percent)
Former Senator Ramon "Jun" Magsaysay, Jr. (28.8 percent)
Bam Aquino, the President's cousin (27.9 percent)
Former MTRCB Chairman Grace Poe-Llamanzares (24.7 percent)
Former Akbayan Party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros (21.2 percent)
Former Senator Ernesto Maceda (16.7 percent)
Former Tarlac governor Margarita "Tingting" Couangco (14.2 percent)
Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn (8.8 percent)
Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay (7.7 percent)
Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Teddy Casino (5.3 percent)
Samson Alcantara (4 percent)
Mon Montano (3.3 percent)
Former presidential aspirant JC de los Reyes (2.7 percent)
Bal Falcone (1.9 percent)
Dick Penson (1.8 percent)
Greco Beljica (0.7 percent)
Marwil Llasos (0.7 percent)
Christian Seneres (0.5 percent)
Less than four out of 10 Filipinos (39 percent) have decided on a complete slate of 12 senators to vote for in the midterm elections on May 2013..
"With about a half a year before the next midterm elections, Filipinos are already naming nine preferred senatorial bets on average," Pulse Asia said.
The biggest winner in the latest Pulse Asia survey arguably was the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Riding primarily on the popularity of her high-profile father, Nancy Binay jumped to fourth to ninth places, trailing only incumbent Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano. She was 12th in the Social Weather Stations survey last January.
The 39-year-old candidate on Saturday acknowledged what she called the “Binay factor” for her sudden surge. But learning from her father, a veteran politician, she said she remained wary about complacency and the possibility of peaking early.
“Actually, I’ll be working harder now that I’m No. 4,” she told the Inquirer.
It’s a lesson she learned during her father’s successful vice presidential run in 2010. Trailing front-runner Mar Roxas for most of the campaign, the elder Binay made a strong surge toward the end to snatch the victory.
“The moral of the story is never be complacent,” the daughter said.
Binay is on unfamiliar territory, having spent the past several years accompanying her father in his own campaign. “Usually I was just in the sidelines, but now I’m up there on stage, campaigning for myself,” she said.
Binay placed high in recent surveys despite the “baggage” of being her father’s daughter.
The Binays have been accused of building a political dynasty in Makati City, a highly urbanized city that has never had a mayor other than a Binay since Edsa People Power I. The purported dynasty now appears to be moving toward the national stage, with no less than the patriarch occupying the second-highest position in the country. And his daughter is now running for senator.
March 29, 2013 to May 11, 2013: Campaign period for candidates for the House of Representatives and elective regional, provincial, city and municipal officials
April 13, 2013 to May 13, 2013: Casting of votes by overseas voters
May 13, 2013: Election day
Prohibited acts during the election period:
Starting January 13, 2013
• Bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons
• Use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates
• Suspension of elective local officials
Starting February 12, 2013
• Giving donations or gift in cash or in kind
• Appointment or use of special policemen, confidential agents or the like
Starting March 29, 2013
A NEW feature of the machines that voters will use on May 13 is designed to remove one more doubt on the results of the elections.
As soon as the board of election inspectors (BEI) switches on the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS), the machine will immediately require that the date be entered.
The date will also be reflected in the election returns.
Provincial Election Officer Ferdinand Gujilde said this is one new feature that was brought up during the training of the PCOS trainers, which started last Feb. 25 and will end today.
Gujilde said this is another way to erase doubts among voters and candidates.
In the May 2010 elections, which was the first time elections in the Philippines were partially automated, some of the election returns were not dated, which led candidates to doubt the results.
Gujilde clarified, however, that the absence of the date did not affect the election results.
"That's the beauty of automation, because even if the PCOS units fail, we still have the manual results to refer to," Gujilde said.
If the BEI has to cancel the date-setting, Gujilde said there will be other queries from the machine as follow-up. He also assured the PCOS units are user-friendly, and that BEIs need not worry about them.
Earlier, the Provincial Comelec announced that priority numbers will no longer be given on Election Day, to prevent accusations that BEIs favor certain voters or candidates.
The BEIs, however, are still given the freedom to decide how to manage the lines and crowds in their precincts.
Gujilde also reminded voters to check their ballots upon receiving these from the BEI.
If there is any ink smudge or unusual print, they can have the ballot replaced by the BEI.
"There are no second chances (once the ballot has been filled up). One voter, one ballot," he said.
The training sessions for election supervisors, officers, assistants, and personnel of the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology will be on March 3, 4 and 5.
COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) 7 Director Temie Lambino yesterday advised media to comply with Comelec regulations on campaign materials and airtime.
Under Comelec Resoltuion 9615, national candidates are allowed a total of 120 minutes broadcast time in all TV networks and 180 minutes in all radio stations. Local candidates have 60 minutes in all TV networks and 90 minutes in all radio stations.
Paid advertisements in broadsheet newspapers should not be bigger than one-fourth of a page. In tabloids, candidates are allowed half a page.
The ads should not see print more than thrice a week.
Lambino, in a roundtable discussion with Sun.Star Cebu, said the Comelec requires media outlets to report on campaign ad placements and broadcast interviews of local and national candidates.