Manila Bulletin - 8 Team PNoy Bets In Top 12 Of Center Survey by Ellalyn De Vera

Eight administration senatorial bets and four opposition candidates complete the list of probable winners in the May 2013 elections, based on the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) survey results.

The nationwide survey conducted from Feb. 12 to 18 used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents.

The respondents were particularly asked: “If the elections were held tomorrow, who among the candidates in the list are you going to vote for?” Each respondent was instructed to choose 12 names from the list.

Team PNoy bets, who occupied the top four slots, were Sen. Loren Legarda (59.8 percent), Sen. Francis Escudero (54.8 percent), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (54.08 percent), and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar (52.08 percent).

Legarda, Escudero, and Cayetano maintained their spots, but Villar was up from fifth to sixth last January to fourth place at present.

Sharing fifth to seventh places are United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (50.9 percent), Team PNoy candidate Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (50.08 percent), and opposition nominee UNA deputy secretary-general Nancy Binay (50.04 percent).

Binay enjoys a higher ranking from 10th place last January, while Ejercito dropped a notch from fourth place. Meanwhile, Pimentel maintained his position in the ranking of senatorial candidates.

Team PNoy contenders former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares was up from 11th to 12th place to eighth place (48.08 percent), and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV from 11th-12th place to ninth place (46.08 percent).