Latest Stories

Escudero holds on to 1st-3rd spots; Estrada, Aquino fall

Despite or perhaps because of the unflattering comments about him by the parents of his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista, reelectionist Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero held on to the first to third spots in the senatorial race, results of the survey that Pulse Asia Inc. conducted in the third week last month showed.

Escudero (Independent/Team PNoy) garnered 51.5 percent, down by 3.4 percentage points from the survey in February but still enough to allow him to be in a statistical tie for first place with reelectionist Sen. Loren Legarda (NPC/Team PNoy).

Legarda, who consistently dominated the surveys, got 55.3 percent, landing her in the first to second places.

San Juan City Rep. JV Estrada of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) shed the biggest points in the Pulse Asia survey that found 15 probable winners in the senatorial race if elections were held between March 16 and March 20.

Estrada lost 5.2 percentage points from 43.8 percent in February to 38.6 percent in the recent survey. He slipped from fourth to ninth places to fourth to 12th places.

“The latest survey result is both humbling and inspiring for someone like me who is seeking the people’s votes,” Escudero said in a text message.

“I am thankful for the continued confidence of our people. It is a driving force for us to continue working even harder to deserve the trust and confidence of the people. But as I have always said, ‘at the end of the day, what will really matter is the vote of the people come Election Day,’” he added.

The non-commissioned survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters nationwide and had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points at the 95-percent level.

Compared with the Feb. 24 to 28 survey, no new name broke into the list of probable winners in the March poll, which listed nine Team PNoy candidates and six UNA candidates with a statistical chance of winning a seat.

Those who slipped from their previous survey ratings included Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV (Liberal Party/Team PNoy), minus 4.6 percentage points; Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (NPC/UNA), minus 4.2 percentage points; and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (Nacionalista Party/Team PNoy), minus 4.1 percentage points.

Former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar (NP/Team PNoy) lost 3.2 percentage points.

Only gainers

Reelectionist Senators Koko Pimentel (PDP Laban/Team PNoy) and Antonio Trillanes (NP/Team PNoy) emerged as the only gainers on the list, both registering a 1.6-percentage point increase from their previous ratings.

Pimentel got 41.7 percent (from 40.1 percent) and landed in fourth to 10th places (from fourth to 12th places). Trillanes got 37.7 percent (from 36.1 percent) and moved up to 4th to 12th places (from ninth to 15th places).

Cayetano (48.7 percent) landed in second to third places, while former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chair Grace Poe (Team PNoy, 42.1 percent) tied with Pimentel in fourth to 10th places.

Both in fourth to 11th places were Villar (40.8 percent) and UNA deputy secretary general Nancy Binay (39.6 percent).

Aquino (38.6 percent) landed in fourth to 12th places along with Estrada and Trillanes.

Average of 8 preferred bets

Completing the list were Sen. Gringo Honasan (UNA), 36.8 percent, sixth to 14th places), Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (LDP/Team PNoy, 34.6 percent, eighth to 15th places), former Bukidnon Rep. Juan Miguel Zubiri (UNA, 32.5 percent, 11th to 16th places), Enrile (32.4 percent, 11th to 16th places) and former Sen. Richard Gordon (UNA, 30.7 percent, 12th to 17th places).

Registered voters are identifying an average of eight of their preferred senatorial candidates, Pulse Asia said.

The pollster added that nearly four in every 10 Filipino voters, or 39 percent, had come up with a complete slate for the May 13 elections.

At the time of the survey, among the news and issues dominating the headlines were the hostilities in Sabah involving the members of the Sulu sultanate and Malaysian military forces, the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend the implementation of the reproductive health law, the suicide of a University of the Philippines Manila student and the election of Pope Francis in the Vatican. Reports by Lawrence de Guzman of Inquirer Research and Norman Bordadora

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 elections , Francis Escudero , Philippine Senate , senatorial elections

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  5. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  6. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  7. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  8. Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  9. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  10. Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Ex-church leader nabbed for selling drugs
  • Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury
  • Luisita farmers storm DAR compound
  • Trillanes, Ejercito confident they are not in Napoles’ list
  • Easterlies to prevail in Luzon, Visayas
  • Sports

  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1
  • Phelps having fun in his return to swimming
  • Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony
  • Lifestyle

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Entertainment

  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Marketplace