SEN. Vicente Sotto 3rd topped the latest senatorial survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Sotto, 67, was a recording company executive and an international bowling champion before he rose to prominence as a member of the comedy trio Tito, Vic and Joey.
He was elected vice mayor of Quezon City in his initial foray into politics in 1988 and topped the 1992 senatorial elections with nearly 12 million votes.
Sotto placed 3rd in the 1998 senatorial polls but was unsuccessful in 2007, finishing in 19th place.
He placed 9th in the 2010 elections, garnering 11.8 million votes.
In the latest SWS senatorial survey, which was conducted from September 2 to 5 among 1,200 respondents, Sotto got 54 percent followed by former senator Panfilo Lacson with 47 percent and Sen. Ralph Recto with 43 percent.
Senate President Franklin Drilon placed fourth with 42 percent followed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and former senator Francis Pangilinan with 40 percent each, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima with 33 percent, former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with 32 percent, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao with 30 percent, Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd with 28 percent and Las Piñas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Mark Villar with 24 percent.
The respondents were asked to pick 12 names from a list of 44.