Current, former senators among top senatorial bets for 2022 – OCTA researchers

Published February 23, 2021, 12:38 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

If the May 2022 elections were held today, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero could top the senatorial polls, based on the OCTA Research Team’s survey results released on Tuesday, Feb. 23.


In the independent and non-commissioned Tugon ng Masa survey conducted from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, 1,200 respondents were asked to choose 12 names from a list of potential senatorial candidates. They were also given an option to give a name that was not on the list.

Pacquiao, whose probable senatorial bid is supported by 57 percent of the respondents, placed first and second in the survey.

He was followed by Escudero (53 percent) who might place first to fourth, while the probable run of Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (50 percent) might place him from second to fifth. 

Other probable senatorial candidates within the statistical chance of winning the May 2022 senatorial elections were broadcaster Erwin Tulfo (47 percent, second-eighth); Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (46 percent, third-ninth), Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso (44 percent, fourth-ninth), Senator Panfilo Lacson (43 percent, fourth-10th), former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (42 percent, fourth-10th), Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (40 percent, fifth-10th), former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (37 percent, seventh-13th), former Senator JV Ejercito (34 percent, 10th-17th), Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (33 percent, 10th-20th), former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (32 percent, 10th-20th), former Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino (31 percent, 11th-21st), Senator Richard Gordon (30 percent, 11th-22nd), Senator Francis Pangilinan (30 percent, 11th-22nd), Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto (28 percent, 11th-22nd), former Senator Mar Roxas (27 percent, 12th-24th), Senator Risa Hontiveros (27 percent, 12th-24th), and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez (27 percent, 12th-24th).