Of 16 Senate bets with 'statistical chance' of winning, 11 from Team PNoy

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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE - 7:30 p.m.) The administration’s Team PNoy continues to dominate the senatorial race, with 11 of its candidates among the 16 with a “statistical chance” of winning the May 13 elections, the results of the latest survey by polling firm Pulse Asia, released Tuesday, showed.

The results of the April 20-22 survey had only five bets from the United Nationalist Alliance -- San Juan Representative JV Ejercito Estrada, Nancy Binay, Senator Gregorio Honasan, former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile -- in the top 16.

The latest poll has made President Benigno Aquino III more determined to go for a 12-0 Team PNoy sweep.

"We are still working for the entire 12," Aquino said."We will do everything we can to push for the candidacies of our senatorial bets."

Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero, both running for reelection, maintained their hold on the top two spots with 51.5 and 48.3 percent, respectively.

Former MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe (42.4 percent) took third to fourth place with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano in third to seventh spot with 40 percent.

Former Las Pinas Representative Cynthia Villar was in fourth to ninth place with 37.7 percent.

Sharing fourth to 10th places are Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (35.8 percent) and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV (35.7 percent), while Estrada (34.7 percent) and Binay (34.6 percent) were in fifth to 11th places.

In sixth to 12th place is Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (32.7 percent) and in eighth to 14th place is Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara (31.2 percent).

Completing the list of probable winners are Zubiri (29.7 percent, 10th to 16th place), Honasan (27.9 percent, 11th to 16th place), Enrile (27.2 percent, 11th to 16 place), former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (25.8 percent, 12th to 17th place), and former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (25.6 percent, 12th to 17th place).

Pulse Asia noted that levels of support remained constant for most of the candidates during the survey period except for Binay, who slid five points; Enrile, 5.2 points; Cayetano, 8.7 points; Honasan, 8.9 points; and Pimentel, 9 points.

Pulse Asia said with about two weeks left before the elections, only 27 percent of Filipinos have a complete senatorial slate.

The survey was conducted from April 20 to 22 among 1,800 registered voters 18 years old and above. It has a +/-2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

Prevailing issues during the period of the survey included the tensions in Lahad Datu, Sabah; the decision of the Supreme Court to reject the petition to lift the suspension of the Reproductive Health law; the appointment of Luie Guia and Al Parreno as Comelec commissioners; and preparations for the elections. (with a report from Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com)