MANILA (UPDATE) – Bad news for the United Nationalist Alliance: At least two of their candidates have dropped out of the Senate “Magic 12”, according to the latest Social Weather Stations pre-election survey.
The survey, conducted last February 15-17, 2013 and first published in BusinessWorld, found UNA candidates Jack Enrile and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan dropping out of the top 12 candidates for senator. “The February survey result was the first time that Mr. Enrile and Mr. Honasan fell out of the top 12,” the report said.
Enrile, son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, is now ranked at 13th place from 8th-9th in the last poll; while Honasan placed 15th from 5th-6th. SWS said Enrile has seen his rankings fall since the start of the survey series.
On the other hand, 2 Team PNoy candidates, Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV and Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" M. Angara, are now in the Magic 12. Aquino, cousin of President Aquino, placed 9-10 in the latest survey while Angara, son of Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, placed 11-12.
||Alan Peter Cayetano
||Grace Poe, Koko Pimentel
||JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino
||Sonny Angara, Migs Zubiri
The survey shows a total of 9 Team PNoy candidates and 3 UNA bets in the Magic 12.
Re-electionist senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano continued to dominate the race, occupying the top 3 spots.
Former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar improved to 4th place, from 8th-9th in the previous survey.
Grace Poe, a guest candidate of Team PNoy, made the biggest jump from 10th place in the last survey to 5th place. She is tied with fellow Team PNoy candidate Koko Pimentel.
Nancy Binay, daughter of Vice-President Jejomar Binay, improved her rank to 7th place, from 9th to 10th previously.
Re-electionist Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV also improved his ranking, from 10-11 in the previous survey to 8th place.
San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, son of former President Estrada, dropped to 9th place from the previous 5th.
Former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri rounded out the Magic 12, dropping from 7th place to 11-12.
Falling below the top 12, but still within contention according to the SWS, were Enrile, former senator Maria Consuelo "Jamby" A. Madrigal (LP) and Honasan in 13th, 14th and 15th places, respectively.
The February 2013 SWS-BW pre-election survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 registered voters nationwide. The error margins used were ±3% for national and ±6 for area percentages. In the latest poll, some 2% of the respondents either had no answer or were undecided, similar to the previous month's result. With a report from BusinessWorld