(Updated 3:52 p.m.) The senatorial candidates of the administration's Liberal Party (LP) edged out the bets of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia Monday.
The pre-election national survey, conducted between February 24 to 28, 2013, showed that of the 15 candidates who have a "statistical chance of winning," nine were running under LP while six were from UNA.
Re-electionist Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escuderto, Alan Peter Cayetano shared the 1st to 3rd places while former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada, President Benigno Aquino III's cousin Benigno "Bam" Aquino, and Vice President Jejomar Binay's daughter Nancy shared the 4th to 9th places.
Former MTRCB chair Grace Poe was at 4th to 10th place and re-electionist Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel was at 4th to 12th place and re-electionist Gregorio Honasan at 8th to 13th place.
Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile and re-electionist Antonio Trillanes IV tied at 9th to 15th places; Aurora Rep. Edgardo Angara at 10th to 15th place; and former senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Richard Gordon at 11th to 16th places.
Legarda, Escudero, Cayetano, Villar, Aquino, Poe, Pimentel, Trillanes, and Angara are part of the LP-led coalition while Estrada, Binay, Honasan, Enrile, Zubiri, and Gordon are from UNA.
Escudero, Cayetano, Villar, Ejercito, Honasan, and Gordon also had a few point gains.
On the other hand, Enrile, Trillanes, and Zubiri had noticeable point losses. Enrile and Trillanes, in the previous Pulse Asia Survey, was at 4th to 12th places while Zubiri was at 6th to 12th places.
Legarda, Binay, Pimentel, and Angara also incurred point losses.
The other candidates ranked in the survey are former Senator Maria Consuelo "Jamby" A. Madrigal (14th-17th), former Senator Jun Magsaysay (16th-18th), former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (17th-18th), former Senate President Ernesto Maceda (19th-22nd), Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay (19th to 23rd), former Tarlac Governor Tingting Cojuangco (19th-23rd), Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn (19th-23rd), Bro. Eddie Villanueva (20th-23rd), Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino (24th), JC De Los Reyes (25th-29th), Ramon Montaño (25th-31st), Sammy Alcantara (25th-32nd), Grego Belgica (25th-32nd), Bro. Lito Yap David (25th-33rd), Bal Falcone (26th-33rd), Ricardo Penson (26th to 33rd), Christian Señeres (27th-33rd), , and Bro. Mars Llasos (29th-33rd).
In a statement, the LP said the results of the survey prove that the public is "responding positively to a clean, issue-oriented, and message-driven campaign.”
“This campaign has always been about issues and our people are listening, responding, and reacting to our candidates in a meaningful way. All our sorties bear this out. Sawa na sila sa maka-lumang kampanya ng paninira," said Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, one of the spokespersons of the LP-led coalition.
He also said that UNA's decision to drop Legarda, Escudero, and Poe from its slate actually had a positive effect on the three, especially on Poe who had been rising in the rankings.
"UNA lacks endorsement power... UNA’s decision has had a liberating effect on her. Noong nilaglag siya ng UNA, du’n pa tumaas ang rating niya,” Quimbo said.
Quimbo also said the Pulse Asia survey is "a complete validation" of the previous SWS poll which showed their candidates leading the polls.
“I wonder if this time, UNA will accept these results,” he said.— RSJ/KBK, GMA News