Press Release
February 8, 2013


Independent candidate Sen. Chiz Escudero was in a statistical tie for the number one spot in the latest survey of senatorial candidates by pollster Pulse Asia.

Nationalist People's Coalition candidate Loren Legarda garnered a rating of 58 percent while Escudero came in with 54.3 percent. With a margin of error of +/- two percentage points, the two reelectionists were in a statistical tie for number one.

The survey was conducted last January 19 to 30.

"I am happy and humbled by the continued confidence by the people, but what is important is that public servants seeking the people's vote like me continue to work to prove that we are worthy of the positions entrusted to us," Escudero said.

The latest Pulse Asia poll showed that behind Legarda and Escudero were Team Pinoy's Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at third with 48.9 percent, while United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bets Nancy Binay, 43.6 percent, and San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito were tied for fourth and fifth places.

Other candidates who came out in the Magic 12 were Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, 41.1 percent; Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, 40.7 percent; UNA's Cagayan Representative Juan Ponce Enrile Jr., 40.4 percent; and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, 39.1 percent.

Completing the list for the magic 12 are UNA's Sen. Migz Zubiri, 37.6 percent, Aurora Province Rep. Edgardo Angara of Team Pinoy, 37.1 percent; and Sen. Gringo Honasan, 36.8 percent.

Pulse Asia noted the close difference in the numbers among the candidates ranked from fourth to twelfth places.

Statistically tied for 13th to 16th places are Team Pinoy's Bam Aquino, Independent Grace Poe and UNA's Dick Gordon.

Pulse Asia said the survey also showed that with less than four months to go before the May 2013 elections, only about a third of the respondents, or 34 percent, has a complete senatorial slate with most having a definite eight candidates in their list of preferred senators.

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