One of the Philippines leading research firm Pulse Asia Research revealed the names of the five (5) newcomers in the senatorial race based upon their latest survey of four thousand respondents from April 26 to 29, with a nationwide margin of error of 1.5%. The five newcomers in the latest senatorial survey are Pacquiao, Hontiveros, Villanueva, de Lima and Gatchalian.
According to the latest Pulse Asia survey results commissioned by ABS-CBN, the likely winning circle in the senatorial race is led by Senate President Franklin Drilon followed by Senator Tito Sotto, former Senator Kiko Pangilinan, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Ping Lacson, Representative Manny Pacquiao, former PhilHealth director Risa Hontiveros, former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, Senator Serge Osmeña, former Senator Dick Gordon, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Senator Ralph Recto and Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian.
The above-mentioned senatorial candidates were the same names who were present in the immediately preceding senatorial survey but there were changes in terms of their rankings.
In the previous Pulse Asia survey conducted last April 19 to 24 the survey ranked the senatorial candidates in the following order: Sotto, Drilon, Pangilinan, Lacson, Pacquiao, Zubiri, Hontiveros, de Lima, Osmeña, Villanueva, Gordon, Recto and Gatchalian.
Based upon party affiliations, Drilon, Pangilinan, De Lima, Villanueva and Recto are under the administration party, while Sotto and Gatchalian are under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Pacquiao is with UNA, Hontiveros with Akbayan, while Lacson, Zubiri, Osmeña and Gordon filed their certificates of candidacy as independent.
Based upon the previous ABS-CBN Survey by Pulse Asia also showed that Filipino registered voters are naming an average of seven of their choices for senator.