Bong Go leaps to ‘Magic 12,’ Poe retains lead in Pulse Asia poll

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Special Assistant to the President Sec. Bong Go — PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go has leapt to the top 12 in Pulse Asia’s latest survey on senatorial candidates conducted last January.

Meanwhile, reelectionist Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares has retained her lead from Pulse Asia’s surveys last year, followed by fellow reelectionist Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

Mr. Go, who placed 16th in Pulse Asia’s mid-December 2018 poll, leapt to 8th place in the January poll conducted Jan. 26–31, with his awareness rising from 82% to 91%, and voter preference rising from 29.7% to 44.7%.

Otherwise, “(p)ractically all of the probable winners have at one time or another been part of Congress,” the survey noted.

Reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara, who placed 3rd in December, dropped to 6th and was replaced by former senator and Taguig City Representative Pia S. Cayetano, who placed 5th in December. Former senator Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid moved up 4th place in January from 5h place in December, and reelectionist Senator Ma. Lourdes “Nancy” S. Binay moved up 5th place in January from 6th place in December.

Completing the top 12 are reelectionist Senator Aquilino Martin dlL. Pimentel III in 7th place, former Senator Jinggoy E. Estrada in 9th place, former senator Manuel A. Roxas in 10th place (the lone oppositionist in the top 12), Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos in 11th place, and former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla in 12th place.