CANDIDATES aligned with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, as well as a number of independent candidates continued to dominate Pulse Asia’s latest senatorial poll which reelectionist Senator Grace Poe continued to lead.
The noncommissioned survey, conducted Feb. 24-28, showed Ms. Poe maintaining her lead from Pulse Asia’s Jan. 26-31 survey, and still followed by fellow reelectionist Cynthia A. Villar of the Nacionalista Party.
Mr. Duterte’s aide, Christopher Lawrence T. Go, jumped to third place in the February survey from eighth last January. The other candidate associated with Mr. Duterte, former National Police chief Ronald M. Dela Rosa, leapt to 7th place in February from 15th place last January.
Completing the top six are reelectionist Juan Edgardo M. Angara and former senators Manuel M. Lapid and Pia S. Cayetano.
Mr. Dela Rosa leads the latter six top placers, followed by reelectionist Nancy S. Binay (8th place), former senator Ramon Revilla Jr. (10th place), Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos (11th place), and reelectionist Aquilino Martin L. Pimentel III (12th place).
Former senator Manuel A. Roxas II is the lone oppositionist in the Top 12, occupying 9th place.
At the tailend, former senator Jose P. Ejercito Jr. ranks between 10th and 15th place, and fellow administration ally Francis N. Tolentino is between 11th and 15th place.
“Virtually the same percentages of Filipino voters are ambivalent about whom to elect as senator (1.1%), refuse to identify their preferred senatorial candidates (1.6%), or do not express support for any of the candidates running for senator (1.0%) in the coming May 2019 elections,” Pulse Asia said.