Chiz continues to drop, Nancy Binay rises anew in latest SWS survey

As the May 2013 polls approach, Senator Francis Escudero's ranking continues to slip in what can only be seen as a backlash of his highly publicized problem with his girlfriend Heart Evangelista's parents, the latest survey conducted by BusinessWorld and Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

The survey, conducted between April 13 to 15, 2013 and published on the BusinessWorld website on Sunday, indicated that Escudero dropped to fifth place from third to fourth places.

The survey was conducted almost a month after Heart's parents held their first press conference against the senator.

But even before this, Escudero had already dropped from second place to third to fourth places in a previous BW-SWS survey conducted March 15 to 17.

Earlier when he was asked whether the issue with his love life had affected his campaign, he just said: "Siyempre, palagi. Kailangan namin magtrabaho pa."

Overtaking Escudero in the rankings are Nancy Binay and former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar, who are tied at third to fourth places. The two were also previously tied at fifth to seventh places.

The improvement in Villar's rankings came even after she received flak from nurses last month for a controversial statement she made on national television.

During the program, Villar said that some nursing students did not have to finish their undergraduate degrees if they wanted to be “room nurses” abroad. She has already apologized and said she wasn't given enough time to elaborate on her answer.

Gains, losses

Aside from the three candidates, also statistically poised to get Senate seats are re-electionists Loren Legarda (1st) and Alan Peter Cayetano (2nd), Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV (6th), re-electionists Koko Pimentel (7th-8th), San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito (7th-8th), Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara (9th), former MTRCB chair Grace Poe (10th-11th), Antonio Trillanes IV (10th-11th), Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile (12th-13th), re-electionist Gregorio Honasan (12th-13th), former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (14th-15th), and former Sen. Jun Magsaysay (14th-15th).

Legarda, Cayetano, Villar, Escudero, Aquino, Pimentel, Angara, Poe, Trillanes, and Magsaysay are running under the administration-led coalition.

On the other hand, Binay, Ejercito, Enrile, Honasan, and Zubiri are running under the United Nationalist Alliance.

Aquino posed a significant gain by jumping from tenth place to 6th after a month.

Aside from him, Angara, Enrile, and Zubiri's ranking also posed gains in the survey. Angara was previously at 12th place; Enrile at 13th to 14th places; and Zubiri was at 14th to 15th places.

On the other hand, Ejercito, Pimentel, Trillanes, Honasan, and Magsaysay all dropped in the rankings.

Ejercito dropped to seventh to eight places after he tied with Escudero in the previous survey at the third to fourth places. Pimentel dropped from fifth to seventh places; Trillanes from eight place; Honasan from ninth place; and Magsaysay from 13th to 14th places.

Poe, meanwhile, remained at 10th to 11th places.

The other candidates ranked in the survey are former Senator Maria Consuelo "Jamby" A. Madrigal (16th), former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (17th), former Sen. Richard Gordon (18th), Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn (19th), former Senate President Ernesto Maceda (20th), Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay (21st), former Tarlac Governor Tingting Cojuangco (22nd), , Bro. Eddie Villanueva (23rd), Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino (24th), Ramon Montaño (25th), Bro. Lito Yap David (26th), JC De Los Reyes (27th-29th), Samson Alcantara (27th-29th), Ricardo Penson (27th-29th), Bal Falcone (30th-33rd), Christian Señeres (30th-33rd), Marwil Llasos (30th-33rd), and Grego Belgica (30th-33rd). —KG, GMA News