THE phenomenal love team of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (real name: Maine Mendoza) popularly known as AlDub helped catapult Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd, to the number one spot in the recent senatorial survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
But Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd said Sotto deserves it.
Osmeña, a known political strategist, considered Sotto as a “lucky guy” for being part of the number one television program although he said Sotto is also a hardworking leader of the Senate’s minority bloc.
“He [Sotto] deserves it [number one]because I’ve seen him work. He’s been acting minority leader so he has to do a lot of interpellating. Of course people don’t appreciate that because they don’t see him on the floor, they see him on television,” he said.
According to the SWS pre-election survey conducted from September 2 to 5, Sotto got 54 percent, placing him on the number one spot, followed by former senator Panfilo Lacson, Senators Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and former senator Francis Pangilinan.
Recto, Drilon and Marcos, who all made it to top the six, are all eligible to run for reelection, although Marcos is reportedly planning to run for a higher position.
Other candidates who made it on the magic 12 include Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who ranked 7th with 33 percent; returning senator Juan Miguel Zubiri; boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao; former Senator Richard Gordon; Osmeña; and Las Piñas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Mark Villar, son incumbent senator Cynthia Villar and former Senate president Manuel Villar.
“We can’t win against Senator Sotto, he’s on the number one television program every week, every Saturday. All he has to do is tell a couple of jokes and that’s it, he’s a lucky guy,” Osmeña told reporters.
Sotto in an earlier interview said the management of top-rating noontime variety show Eat Bulaga has decided not to allow the AlDub pair to appear in any political advertisement or activities in connection with the 2016 elections.
The minority leader, who is part of the popular noontime show “Eat Bulaga” aired by GMA 7, said they want to maintain “AlDub” for everybody and not be identified with any politcian, including himself.
The senator explained that allowing the popular pair to do a political advertisement of a particular candidate will affect them negatively because those who don’t like the candidate will also dislike AlDub.
“Why will we do that? Aldub is doing well they are loved by the entire country, it will all be wasted if we put political color on them,” Sotto said.
He capitalized on the popularity of then child star Aiza Seguerra in his initial foray into politics in 1988.
Sotto, who trounced Liberal Party bet Ulpiano “Ulan” Sarmiento in the vice mayoral contest in Quezon City, and his running mate, Mayor Brigido Simon Jr. extensively used Seguerra’s Eat Bulaga jingle and voice over in the campaign.
He went on to top the 1992 senatorial race with nearly 12 million votes. He placed 3rd in the 1998 senatorial polls but was unsuccessful in 2007, finishing in 19th place.
Sotto bounced back in 2010 and placed 9th, garnering 11.8 million votes.
Sotto, is a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, the second biggest party in the country and is expected to support the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.