Villanueva out of Palace's Senate ticket

from a report of Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2012 10:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2012 12:40 AM

MANILA - Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director Joel Villanueva is out of the Aquino administration's senatorial ticket for the 2013 polls, Palace sources said Monday.

Villanueva was an early presidential favorite to join the ticket.

However, last Saturday, Aquino himself was reportedly non-committal, adding the party is looking at survey results as well.

Villanueva only placed 26th in the latest Pulse Asia survey held August 31 to September 7, 2012.

Palace sources said the administration ticket is all but ready, although Liberal Party leaders said the list won't be out until after 2 weeks.

The following names are reportedly on the administration senatorial ticket as of the 2nd week of September:

Risa Hontiveros (survey rank: 17)
Ruffy Biazon (survey rank: 18)
Sonny Angara (survey rank: 10)
Koko Pimentel (survey rank: 8)
Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (survey rank: 14)
Grace Poe (survey rank: 19)
Cynthia Villar (survey rank: 11)
Sonny Trillanes (survey rank: 6)
Alan Peter Cayetano (survey rank: tied for 3rd)
Bam Aquino (survey rank: 22)
Jamby Madrigal (survey rank: 15)
Chiz Escudero (survey rank: 2)

Not to be outdone, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has also firmed up its ticket.

The names on the UNA senatorial ticket, as of September 17, are:

Gringo Honasan (survey rank: 7)
JV Ejercito-Estrada (survey rank: tied for 3rd)
Jack Enrile (survey rank: 5)
Joey de Venecia (survey rank: 21)
Gwen Garcia (survey rank: 25)
Mitos Magsaysay (survey rank: 28)
Migz Zubiri (survey rank: 9)
Richard Gordon (survey rank: 13)
Ernesto Maceda (survey rank: 23)
Loren Legarda (survey rank: 1)
Grace Poe (survey rank: 19)
Chiz Escudero (survey rank: 2)

UNA official Rep. Toby Tiangco said they are happy with the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey.

"The top 12 is exactly the same top 12 as the SWS survey that came out a few weeks ago. I think it's an accurate survey," he said.

He said UNA won't drop candidates that placed low in the survey, but will ask "strong" candidates to help their colleagues.

In the Pulse Asia survey, the top 15 would have a statistical chance of making it to the winner's circle.

"Main contenders are still people who had been in Congress and most specifically from Senate," Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes said.

"How important is name recall? The awareness of the candidate is important. But also, there are people whose level of awareness is high. Among 15, the reelectionists are getting better preferences," he said. - report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News; ANC