ALUBIJID, Misamis Oriental — Team PNoy senatorial candidate Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino stood quietly while his campaign volunteers erupted into cheers and whoops of joy after they learned of his dramatic jump in the latest candidate preference survey of the Social Weather Station.
Aquino now ranks 9-10 from 15th in the survey taken in January.
“I prayed and thanked God for this,” Aquino said in an impromptu news conference at the mayor’s office in this town.
The Senate bet credits hard work for his improved performance in the ratings game.
Aquino said he has been relentlessly attending meetings with various chambers of commerce, youth organizations and private clubs in efforts to convince voters of his business and entrepreneurship advocacy.
Since the campaign period began February 12, Aquino has only been absent from Team PNoy sorties only once.
Still, Aquino credits the administration’s good governance thrust for the dominance of its Senate bets in the latest SWS report.
Nine of the 12 Team PNoy candidates being supported by the Liberal Party are now part of SWS’ “Magic 12″.
Only Team PNoy candidates Risa Hontiveros and former Senators Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay Jr. were excluded from the Top 12.