HUGPONG ng Pagbabago bets in San Fernando Pampanga. — PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS
TWO MORE allies of President Rodrigo R. Duterte made it to the top 12 of Pulse Asia’s latest senatorial survey, with its sole opposition bet from the recent surveys dropping from the latest poll.
In its March 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Pre-Electoral Nationwide Survey, Pulse Asia Research, Inc. showed former National Police chief Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis N. Tolentino placing 8th and 11th, respectively, jumping from their respective 15th and 18th places in Pulse Asia’s January poll.
This makes the top 12 a predominantly pro-administration list, after former senator and interior secretary Manuel A. Roxas II who has usually turned up as the sole opposition bet in the top 12 dropped from 10th place last January to 16th place in Pulse Asia’s March survey.
Both Mssrs. Dela Rosa and Tolentino are running under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago coalition, chaired by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio.
Meanwhile, reelectionists Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares and Cynthia A. Villar maintained their positions in the first place and second place, respectively, with 72.6% and 63.7% support of registered voters.
The rest of the top 12 are Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara (3rd), Christopher Lawrence T. Go (4th), Pia S. Cayetano (5th), Manuel M. Lapid (6th), Senator Nancy S. Binay (7th), Ramon Revilla, Jr. (9th), Imee R. Marcos (10th), and Jinggoy Estrada (12th).
The noncommissioned survey was conducted on March 23-27 among 1,800 adult respondents with a + 2.3% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for the geographic areas have the following error margins at the 95% confidence level: + 6.5% for Metro Manila, + 3.5% for the rest of Luzon, + 5.3% for Visayas and + 4.7% for Mindanao. — C.A.Tadalan