Poe, Villar top Magdalo survey

Published March 14, 2019, 11:49 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola 

Senators Grace Poe and Cynthia Villar lead the 62 candidates in the May 13 senatorial race, according to a Magdalo survey released by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday.

Senators Grace Poe and Cynthia Villar (MANILA BULLETIN)
Senators Grace Poe and Cynthia Villar

The pre-election poll, conducted last March 5 to 7 with 3,000 respondents nationwide, found that Poe is the top choice of Filipino voters for the Senate in the upcoming midterm polls with 60.6 percent. Villar followed with 49.2 percent.

At third place is former Senator Lito Lapid with 43.9 percent; then Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano at number four with 41.7 percent; and former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla at number 5 with 41.6 percent.

Former special assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go ranks sixth with 41.1 percent; then reelectionist Sen. Nancy Binay at seventh place (34.7 percent); former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada eighth (33.2 percent); opposition Sen. Paolo “Bam” Aquino ninth (32.6 percent); and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (31 percent) 10th place.

Completing the possible Magic 12 are former Interior Secretary and presidential aspirant Manuel “Mar” Roxas (11th place, 30.9 percent) and administration bet Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (12th place, 30.2 percent).

Meanwhile, reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (29.9 percent), former Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa (26.9 percent), former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino (26.5 percent), and reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito (24.5 percent) land in the 13th to 16th places.

Trillanes, chairman of the Magdalo group, also noted that the “lesser known” candidates of opposition Otso Diretso, which included Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, are also gaining momentum in the senatorial race and are close to joining the top 20.

Alejano was at 21st place (10 percent); Samira Gutoc was 23rd (9.6 percent); lawyer Jose “Chel” Diokno was 25th (8.1 percent) followed closely by former congressman Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada at 26th (8 percent); lawyer Romulo “Romy” Macalintal at rank 27 (7.7 percent).

Trillanes said former Solicitor General Florin “Pilo” Hilbay still has some catching up to do at number 35 (3.2 percent).”

Trillanes said the Magdalo in-house survey used a multi-stage probability sampling design with face-to-face interviews of 3,000 respondents “equitably” representing the voting population across regions of the country, and has a margin of error of 1.8 percent. #MatalinongBoto2019