Sotto, Lacson top senatorial survey


INCUMBENT and returning senators dominated the pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia last month with Vicente Sotto 3rd and Panfilo Lacson leading the list.

Sotto scored 72.6 percent while Lacson got 65.3 percent. They were followed by Senator Ralph Recto, who got 62.9 percent.

Former Sen. Francis Pangilinan ranked fourth with 58 percent, trailed closely by Senate President Franklin Drilon with 57.5 percent. They were followed by former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, 57.5 percent, and Senator Sergio Osmeña 3rd, 52.1 percent.

Also making it to the so-called “magic 12” were Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (50.2 percent); former senator and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon (49.7 percent); Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona 3rd (44.8 percent) former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (37.9 percent) and former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel (36.5 percent).

The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN, was conducted among 1,200 respondents nationwide from November 8 to 15.

Pacquiao and De Lima are first time candidates for senator.

Other senatorial candidates who made it to the top 20 were Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (30.4 percent); Edu Manzano (22.2 percent); Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian (22 percent); former Pampanga Gov. Mark Lapid (20.4 percent); former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Joel Villanueva (19.7 percent); actress and Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno (15.4 percent); and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (14.6 percent).


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  1. Mga pilipinong botante bago bomoto huwag kalimutan ang ala-ala ni Buddy Dacer at Emmanuel Corbito. Bakit tumakbo sa America yong tatlong bodyguard ni Pampilo Lacson noong mamatay si Mr. Dacer at Mr. Corbito Mag ingat sa mga mamamatay tao.

  2. leonardo o. odono on

    We voters should reflect on why 72.6% of us, based on the most recent Pulse Asia pre-election survey, would want to keep Tito Sotto in the Senate, even putting him on top of the list of favored candidates! Should we not instead move for the re-opening of the Pepsi Paloma gang-rape case in 1982 and demand that Tito Sotto explain his alleged “coercion” of the young rape victim into desisting from pursuing the case against the Eat Bulaga trio – Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Richie d’ Horsey – who publicly apologized to Pepsi in their noontime TV show for the”wrong” they said they did to her?. Should we not instead cite Tito Sotto for conspiracy to obstruct justice, justice which has evaded Pepsi Paloma for more than 30 years now, and send him to jail, togerher with Vic and Joey, instead of sending him back to the Senate?

  3. Pacquiao is in. The noted lawyer Lorna Kapunan is out and Former Sec. De Lima is even behind Pacquiao. How is that for an election. Mr. Adaza once said election is an insanity.

  4. Soto was on the Napoles list for giving his pork barrel millions to Napoles in exchange for kickbacks.

    Why isn’t he in jail with the 2 opposition senators who stole the pork barrel allocations.

    Oh that’s right he isn’t a opposition senator so he is allow to steal millions from the tax payers.