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New Pulse Asia senatorial survey: 7 GO, 5 TU, 2 independents

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 05:07pm (Mla time) 04/30/2007

(UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines — SEVEN senatorial candidates of the Genuine Opposition (GO), five candidates of Team Unity (TU), and two independents have a statistical chance of winning in the May elections, an April 25-27, 2007 Pulse Asia survey released Monday said.

Former senator and GO opposition candidate Loren Legarda has remained on top with 59.6 percent while three others also from the opposition, Sorsogon Representative Francis Escudero (47.2 percent), Senate President Manuel Villar (47.0 percent), and Senator Panfilo Lacson (43.9 percent) were tied for 2nd to 4th places, according to Pulse Asia’s April 3-5 study.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Francis Pangilinan, who is running as an independent, fell to 5th to 10th place, from 2nd to 6th place, with a rating of 38.8 percent from 44.6 percent.

Another independent, former senator Gregorio Honasan, rose to 5th to 12th place from 8th to 15th, with 35.7 percent, just behind
Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano (GO), who ranked 5th to 10th with 38.2 percent.

Also ranked 5th to 12th were GO bet Tarlac Representative Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (35.5 percent), and reelectionist senators Ralph Recto (35.4 percent), Edgardo Angara (35.2 percent), both from the administration’s TEAM Unity (TU).

Rounding the top 12, ranked 7th to 14th were reelectionist Senator Joker Arroyo (33.4 percent) and Bukidnon Representative Juan Miguel Zubiri (32.0 percent), also from TU.

Zubiri entered the winners’ circle for the first time, with his rating up 4.1 percentage points. He was ranked 10th to 18th in the previous survey.

Just outside the top 12, but still with a “statistical chance” of winning are GO bet Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel (30.1 percent) at 11th to
15th place and TU candidate former senator Vicente Sotto III (29.2 percent) at 11th to 17th place.

The Pulse Asia survey differed slightly from the pre-election survey by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of, and the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from April 14 to 17.

In the Inquirer-SWS study, the rankings of Cayetano and Aquino had dropped. Sotto was in 10th place in the said survey and 11th to 17th in the Pulse Asia poll.

In the Pulse Asia survey, Sonia Roco (GO), the widow of the late senator and presidential candidate Raul Roco was ranked 13th to
18th, followed by former presidential chief of staff Michael Defensor
(TU) and former senator John Henry Osmeña (GO), who were both ranked 14th to 20th.

Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay (TU) was ranked 15th to 21st, followed by Zambales Governor Vicente Magsaysay (TU) and ex-Navy Lieutenant Antonio Trillanes IV, who were both ranked 16th to 21st.

Actor Cesar Montano (TU) ranked 18th to 21st while fellow actor Richard Gomez, an independent candidate, ranked 22nd to 24th.

Pulse Asia polled 1,800 respondents for the study, which had a margin of error +/-2 percent.

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Written by joelguinto

Mon+00:002007-04-30T11:45:26+00:00+00:0004b+00:00Mon, 30 Apr 2007 11:45:26 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am04

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