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Pacquiao slugs his way to No. 3 in senatorial poll

/ 02:05 AM April 26, 2016
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Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTO

SARANGANI Rep. Manny Pacquiao, fresh from his demolition of American Timothy Bradley, has slugged his way up in the senatorial race.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao has moved up to third behind front-runners, Senators Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto III, according to the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

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Of the 1,800 registered voters interviewed for the survey, 37 percent indicated preference for the Filipino boxing icon.

The survey was conducted from April 18 to 20, more than a week after Pacquiao scored a decisive unanimous decision over Bradley after dropping him twice in their April 9 fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the fight, he indicated retirement to serve the people.

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The survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points.

sen-survey-0426In the previous March 30-April 2 SWS survey, Pacquiao ranked fifth to seventh with 31 percent, along with two other candidates.

In the latest survey, first published in BusinessWorld, Drilon held on to the top spot with 45 percent, followed by Sotto with 42 percent. In fourth place behind Pacquiao was former Sen.  Francis Pangilinan, with 36 percent.

Ranked between fifth and 12th were former Sen. Panfilo Lacson (34 percent), Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (34 percent), former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (33 percent),  former Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima (33 percent), former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva (33 percent) Sen. Sergio Osmeña III (32 percent), former Sen. Richard Gordon (31 percent), Sen. Ralph Recto (30 percent), Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian (30 percent), and Sen. Teofisto Guingona III (27 percent).

Trailing them were former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino (22 percent), former Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority COO Mark Lapid  (20 percent), Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez (17 percent), Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso (16 percent), former Optical Media Board Chair Edu Manzano (14 percent), Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares (12 percent) and  former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla (10 percent).

Those who obtained single-digit scores were Roman Romulo (8 percent), Alma Moreno Lacsamana (7 percent), Allan Montano (7 percent), Susan Ople (6 percent), Mel Chavez (6 percent), Larry Gadon (6 percent), Atty. Lorna Kapunan (6 percent), Dionisio Santiago (6 percent), Rey Langit (5 percent), Ina Ambolodto (4 percent), Romeo Maganto (4 percent), Raffy Alunan (4 percent), Getulio Napeñas (4 percent), Princess Jacel Kiram (3 percent), Shariff Albani (3 percent), Samuel Pagdilao (3 percent), Aldin Ali (3 percent), Jovito Palparan Jr. (3 percent), Mon Montaño (3 percent), Greco Belgica (3 percent), Godofredo Arquiza (3 percent), Walden Bello (2 percent), Ray Dorona (2 percent), Dante Liban (2 percent), Levito Baligod (2 percent), Sandra Cam (2 percent), Mr. Coop Paez (2 percent), Diosdado Valeroso (1 percent), and Eid Kabalu (1 percent).

Results of the survey also showed that 34 percent of the voters have a complete senatorial slate. Almi Ilagan-Atienza, Inquirer Research

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