Aquino sees 9-3 in senatorial race

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President Benigno Aquino lll. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Senate race will likely end up 9-3, not 12-0, in favor of Team PNoy.

President Benigno Aquino III himself hinted at this possible electoral outcome, telling reporters on Tuesday that based on the latest surveys on senatorial preferences of voters, Team PNoy may have cemented its hold on 9 of the top 12 slots in the Senate race.

But the President said he was not giving up hope yet that his handpicked senatorial candidates would win all 12 senate slots at stake in the May 13 election.

In an interview after a dialogue with labor leaders in Malacañang, Mr. Aquino said he was working even harder to campaign for former senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Ana Consuelo Madrigal, and former party-list representative Risa Hontiveros.

Survey after survey, the three have failed to break into the top 12 in the polls.

“The surveys seem to be consistent from the start —9-3. [It] hasn’t changed. So you will have a few movements, a few percentage points here and there,” the President said, adding, “We are still working for the entire 12.”

Results of the latest non-commissioned survey by Pulse Asia, conducted April 20-22, validated anew the 9-3 winning chances of Team PNoy, with at least three slots going to the rival United Nationalist Alliance.

While reelectionist Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano fell to the fourth slot, Sen. Loren Legarda Legarda held on to the top spot in the Magic 12, followed by fellow administration candidates Francis ‘Chiz” Escudero (2nd), Grace Poe (3rd), Cynthia Villar (5th), Antonio Trillanes (6th), Bam Aquino (7th), Koko Pimentel (10th) and Edgardo Angara (11th).

UNA’s JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay and Juan Miguel Zubiri landed on the tailend of the race, securing the 8th, 9th and 12th spots.

Team PNoy also fared well in the SWS survey conducted on April 13-15: six of the top 7 spots went to administration candidates Legarda, Cayetano, Villar, Escudero, Aquino and Pimentel, while Angara, Poe and Trillanes secured the 9th, 10th and 11th spots, respectively. The rest went to UNA: Binay (3rd), Ejercito (8th), and Jack Enrile and Gregorio Honasan (tied at 12th spot).

Although his daughter, Nancy, soared—for the first time in the Senate race—to the 3rd spot in the SWS survey, Vice President Jejomar Binay questioned his plunge in approval rating in a survey conducted by the same polling firm from March 19 to 22.

In that survey, net public satisfaction with his performance fell from 70 percent in December  2012 to 62 percent. But Mr. Aquino’s net satisfaction rating went up by four points from 55 percent in December to 59 percent in March.

The two highest elected leaders, however, were still in the “very good” category, according to SWS.

In the interview at the Palace, Mr. Aquino was asked if he was still confident that Hontiveros, Magsaysay and Madrigal would make it to the winning circle come May 13. He replied: “We will do everything we can to press for the candidacy of our candidates.”

Asked about his “final marching orders” to ensure a 12-0 sweep of the Senate race, he said: “I tell all of the candidates: nobody should relax at this point in time. If it’s possible to even increase your efforts, please do so. I think I am leading also by example. We believe we are espousing a certain ideology. Regardless of my physical condition, I will endeavor to maximize delivering the message to our people.”

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  • richard ortega

    10-2 mas okay! huwag lang nancy at mandarayang si migs

    • jgl414567

      Do not vote for JV “Anak sa labas ng plunderer” Ejercito

      • Ganymede

        May hidden bank accounts yan na wala sa SALN niya ni report sa Investigative Documentaries ng Chan 11

  • nes911

    No to binay, no to ejercito, no to enrile, no to honasan

  • speaksoftlylove

    Dinalahit lang TB si kulot nagbago na kaagad ang prediction niya, patawa.

    Pagdating ng election sobrang swerte ang tropa ni Kulot kung maska 3-9.

    • Chrisnadal19

      we’ll see if you’re right.

  • Ulipur

    Watch out for Flash GORDON….Three big GROUPS are supporting him. One big group has broken its traditional “one week before the election announcement” by asking me4mbers to campaign door to door for Dick Gordon.

    • speaksoftlylove

      You mean the INK? Way to go, big Dick.idol.

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Only stupid people will vote for the UNArroyo party which is an alliance of immoral, criminal and corrupt officials.
    Migs “Daya” Zubiri, Nancy “Alalay” Binay, JV PLUNDerap and Honasan must not win because they are unqualified and immoral.

    • jgl414567

      I fully agree with your opinion and i will campaign very hard in our place against the candidates of UNA!

  • BOYPDAF

    11-1,team pnoy sure honti not included,JV in for UNA

  • regd

    If LP 12-0 sweep, my wife gets a week of shopping spree. 11-1 she gets a new ipad (installment payment). If 11-2, I get 2 month visa to any sabungan. 11-3 gives me a 3 month. 11-4 is terrible, it’ll make the wifey extremely upset. Fingers crossed.

  • kapayapaan_1900

    With due respect to the President, the title of the news is disgusting, misleading, and disheartening to millions of Filipinos longing for genuine leaders. By merely acknowledging that the latest survey results is trending 9-3 in favor of the LP’s, it doesn’t mean PNOY has already thrown the towel for his three handpicked candidates who are out of the winning circle going into the homestretch. It doesn’t mean people still want to have these beneficiaries of corruption be granted first class citizenship of unlimited access to opportunities and resources barely available to common Filipinos. It doesn’t mean the electorate does want these emerging heirs rule their lives again and vindicate their fathers’ kind of governance that most Filipinos despised. The people want to prove this survey results wrong this time around. Ang gusto nila’y dati o bagong binhi na may inani o may aanihin, HINDI ‘YUNG BINHI NA “TONGRO” NA.

  • LadyBalmaceda

    sana 12-0.wala namang magandang plataporma ang una e.

  • DennisTan

    UMPISA PA LANG NG CAMPAIGN SEASON HINDI KO ALAM KUNG ANO ANG ADBOKASIYA NG TEAM UNA.LABO NILA

  • JuliusContis

    I support Team pnoy.Hoping to continue the daang matuwid when they are elected.

  • MonGaspar

    Mas maganda kung masweep ng teampnoy para maipagpatuloy ang mga nasimulan ng administrasyong ito.

  • TylerZO

    I’m glad sonny angara is in the top 12, and I hope he rise up pa.. I believe he has the potential in the senate, he has important and effective advocacies and platforms that will surely help our country’s development

  • NelsonBagatsing

    Ayokong manalo ang mga bataan ng tatlong haring ulupong na sina enrile erap at binay.

  • Don Clemente

    naniniwala akong magiging magaling na senador si JV Estrada marami siyang nagawa sa lungsod ng san juan na pwede nyang gawin kapag nasa senado na siya

  • Guest

    Lahat naman ng senatorial bets ng Team PNoy may statistical chance of
    winning a Senate seat, of course Jamby Madrigal will have a chance.

    • Guest

      As I reiterated, balewala yang mga survey, papasok-pasok pa rin si Jamby Madrigal sa Top 12. Mark my word!

  • Guest

    Remember the goal of Team PNoy 12-0. Posibleng mangyari yan kaya pasok
    rin si Jamby Madrigal diyan.

  • Guest

    Do you believe in miracles? Magkakaroon kasi ng himala sa Mayo 13 dahil
    baka pumasok pa sa Top 5 si Jamby. May himala!

  • Guest

    Di mo naman mababasa ang pulso ng mga voters hanggat di natatapos ang
    halalan. Malay mo mag No. 3, 5, ot 7 pa si Jamby. Di mo masabi e.

  • Guest

    Gagawin ni PNoy ang lahat para manalo si Jamby Madrigal. Alam nya kasing na malaki ang magagawa ni Jamby sa Senado.

    • Guest

      Mananalo yan. Sa lahat kasi ng Team PNoy senatorial candidates, si Jamby ang pinakamasipag mangampanya.

  • Guest

    Bakit ka pipili ng mga bagito sa pulitika tulad ni Nancy Binay or Grace Poe. Dun ka na sa may karanasan na, may nagawa na tulad ni Jamby Madrigal.

  • Atasha Miranda

    Wala ka nang hahanapin kay JV Ejercito, dahil ang layunin niya ay matulungan tayo.. Vote JV EJERCITO ESTRADA! Shade number 11 on May 13 :)

  • hashmoni

    No. 4 si Alan Cayetano sa Pulse Asia Survey. Survey lang naman yan. Pagdating ng araw ng eleksiyon pang No. 12 na yan.

  • mar judson

    Target talaga ni Alan Cayetano ng mag-No.1 sa senatorial elections, yan kasi ang magiging gauge niya sa plano niyang pagtakbo sa higher office in 2016. mangarap ka ng gising!

  • john lapiz

    Malakas ang loob ni Alan Cayetano to run for higher office in 2016. His friend smuggler Boy Valenzuela has promised him to shoulder all his campaign
    expenses. Yun na!

  • girlie santiez

    What if maging President nsi Alan Cayetano, I’m sure his friend smuggler
    Boy Valenzuela will take Bureau of Custom. Yaiks!

  • jmee larosa

    FYI: Ang bigating smuggler na si Boy Valenzuela ang sumasagot sa lahat
    ng election needs ni Sen. Alan Cayetano. Sanggang dikit sila eh.

    • cheng Aniong

      Boy Valenzuela is planning to lead an assembly for smugglers in the
      country. He wants to be President of smugglers, and his adviser. Sen. Alan.
      Hehehe!

  • jesse santan

    Lumalaki na ang Cayetano dynasty sa Kongreso, pag nagkataon magiging 3 na sila, kasama ang utol nina Pia and Alan na si Lino. Nakakasuya na sila!

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy is working really hard to condition the minds of the electorate in what team pnoy is trying to accomplish with the help of the PCOS machines. This hard work poured by Pnoy for his bets will be all for nothing come 2016 once his allies start turning their backs on him and exposing his administration’s dirt. If Pnoy pours his hard work for his countrymen instead, his efforts would rather be appreciated.

  • Ako_Hiking

    This is the hardest the country has seen Aquino working. He works when it benefits him and his candidates but when the country calls for him to work to benefit the country and to improve the high levels of unemployment along with poverty Aquino is no where to be found except taking trips abroad to nice places like New Zealand or Switzerland on tax payers money.

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