Tulfo, Escudero are top picks for senator, Robin Padilla in Magic 12 in new survey

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda

QUEZON CITY – Radio and television personality Raffy Tulfo remains the top preferred senatorial aspirant in the 2022 national elections if a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey is to be the believed as the basis.

The survey also showed that Sorsogon Gov. Francis Chiz Escudero and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, both former senators, trailing on the second and third spot.

If the elections were held today and the survey is to be the basis, actor Robinhood “Robin” Padilla has a chance of landing in the winning Magic 12, as he occupies the 10th spot in the list.

The survey which was commissioned by Stratbase ADR Institute, Inc. of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, indicated that 60 percent of 1,200 adult respondents picked Tulfo as their choice for senator.

Following Tulfo are Escudero with 51 percent and Cayetano – who jumped two spots from 5th place in the SWS survey released in October – with 50 percent.

Fourth placer was House of Representatives Deputy Speaker and former Senator Loren Legarda with 45 percent and reelectionist Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri at 5th with 44 percent.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay and Public Works and Highways Secretaru Mark Villar  both garnered 40 percent at 6th place.

Legarda, Villar, and Escudero were all ranked 2nd for having the same percentage points, in an earlier SWS poll made public in October but was conducted from September 12-16.

Completing the so-called “Magic 12” in the recent SWS survey were reelectionist Senator Risa Hontiveros at 8th place (36 percent), former senator Jose Jinggoy Estrada at 9th (33 percent), and actor Robin Padilla at 10th (29 percent).

Former Vice President Manuel Noli de Castro was listed in the survey and came in at 11th place with 28 percent while reelectionist Senator Joel Villanueva was at  12th place with 27 percent.

The SWS survey released Tuesday was conducted on October 20-23, involving the interviews of 300 respondents each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

SWS said the survey had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao