Updated at 12:19 am Nov. 17, 2021
ACTOR Robin Padilla would be in the winning circle if elections were held at this time, according to Social Weather Stations' (SWS) latest pre-election senatorial survey.
Padilla, one of the senatorial aspirants endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, placed 10th with 29 percent of respondents choosing him six months before the May 2022 elections.
Padilla thanked the President for including him in the administration's senatorial slate, crediting the Chief Executive for his "surprising" performance in the survey.
"Nagpapasalamat ako kay Pangulong Duterte at sa ating mga kababayan para sa kanilang tiwala at suporta. Gagawin ko ang lahat para ipakitang deserving ako maging kinatawan ng ating mga kababayan sa Senado (I thank President Duterte and the public for their trust and support. I will do everything to show that I deserve to be their representative in the Senate)," said Padilla, a senatorial candidate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party.
Padilla attributed his showing in the survey to the support and the popularity of Duterte.
"Bagamat nagulat ako sa ranking ko sa survey, 'di ako nagugulat na karamihan sa amin sa Magic 12 ay kilalang mga supporter ni Tatay Digong (While I was surprised at my ranking, I wasn't surprise that most in the Magic 12 were know supporters of Tatay Digong)," he added.
The actor said that like the President, he will continue to fight for the rights of Filipinos, especially overseas Filipino workers who are abused by their employers.
Padilla, a known supporter of Duterte, joined the list of favored senatorial bets, currently dominated by incumbent and former senators.
The survey, conducted from October 20 to 23 with 1,200 registered voters nationwide, was topped by broadcaster Raffy Tulfo with 60 percent of the voter preference.
He was followed by Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero (51 percent, 2nd place) and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (50 percent, 3rd place).
Also in the list of preferred senatorial bets were Antique Rep. Loren Legarda (45 percent, 4th) and Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (44 percent, 5th).
Former vice president Jejomar Binay (40 percent) and former Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (40 percent) shared the 6th to 7th places.
Completing the top 12 were Sen. Ana Theresia "Risa" Hontiveros (36 percent, 8th), former senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada (33 percent, 9th), broadcaster Noli de Castro (28 percent, 11th), and Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva (27 percent, 12th).
Other names in the list include former senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito (26 percent, 13th-14th), Sen. Richard Gordon (26 percent, 13th-14th), Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (25 percent, 15th), former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista (24 percent, 16th), and former Information and Communications Technology secretary Gregorio Honasan 2nd (23 percent, 17th).