MANILA, Philippines --- Team PNoy candidates took nine of the top 12 probable winners in the latest pre-election Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.
The nationwide survey conducted Feb. 15-17 showed that nine administration bets and three opposition candidates under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidates were favored by most Filipinos.
The survey, commissioned by Business World, used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 registered Filipino voters.
Three bets under the Team PNoy ticket remain in the top three spots - Senator Loren Legarda, 64 percent; Senator Francis Escudero, 62 percent; and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, 58 percent.
Former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, another administration bet, jumped from 8th to 9th spots last January to fourth place with 53 percent.
Likewise, Team PNoy candidate former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman Grace Poe Llamanzares was up from 10th to 11th places to 5th to 6th (48 percent).
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III (Team PNoy) was in 5th and 6th (48 percent).
Other administration candidates Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (46 percent), President's cousin Paolo Benigno Aquino IV (42 percent), and former Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (39 percent), also gained at 8th, 11th-12th, and 11th-12th, respectively (from 10-11, 15, and 13, respectively).
Of the three UNA candidates in the top 12 list, only UNA deputy secretary-general Nancy Binay improved her ranking from 12th to 7th (47 percent).
San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (42 percent) and former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (39 percent) dropped from 4th and 7th, respectively, to 9th-10th and 11th-12th spots.
Villar said she is thankful for the encouraging result of the survey after she jumped to No. 4.
"This further encourages, energizes, and inspires me to bring my message across through my advocacies and platform of continued service to more people," said Villar, a former Las Piñas congresswoman who authored and sponsored several bills to protect the interests of women, children and the Filipino family during her stint as congresswoman for nine years.
Villar, popularly known as "Misis Hanep Buhay," has been campaigning on her platform of providing jobs for the Filipino people, especially women.
"I am happy that Filipinos appreciate my efforts to help them," added Villar, who is also managing director of the Villar Foundation.
Angara said he is "very gratified with the people's show of support for our group."
"It is a clear sign of the widespread support and clamor for pnoy's reforms. Makakaasa ang publiko sa team pnoy na ipaglalaban ang mabuting serbisyo at gobyerno. On my part, I will fight for better education and better jobs within our own country," he said.
Team PNoy's "dominance" in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showed that the public is not buying the personal attacks and black propaganda hurled by UNA against the administration candidates, said Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, Liberal Party (LP) spokesman, who added that the survey "shows that the voters are now realizing whom they will trust as partners of President Aquino in implementing his reform agenda."
Deputy Speaker and Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada, another LP spokesman, expressed confidence that all the Team PNoy candidates would make it to the Magic 12.
"Elections are still 76 days away. Anything can still happen but it is a possibility to get all 12 candidates of Team PNoy in the winning circle. The fact that two additional members of Team PNoy got in the Magic 12 is encouraging," he said.
Despite the survey result, UNA is undaunted.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said UNA will pull a big surprise and dominate the 2013 senatorial race in the end, noting how he trailed in surveys during the 2010 elections.
Binay, UNA chairman, issued the statement as he contradicted the latest SWS pre-election survey which showed only three opposition bets in the top 12.
The Vice President said he could not believe the result of the nationwide poll which showed UNA bets Cagayan Rep. Juan "Jack" Ponce Enrile Jr. and reelectionist Senator Gregorio Honasan dropping out of the top 12.
"Iyon nga ang problema natin, para bang noong halalan noong 2010, sa survey No. 3, 4 ako. Sabi nga ni Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, magugulat sila dahil hindi tugma yung survey sa ating nakikita (That is the problem because in 2010, I was No. 3, 4 in the surveys. But Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said we will pull a big surprise because surveys were not reflecting what we were witnessing on the ground)," Binay said.
In 2010, Binay who trailed then Senator Manuel Roxas II and Senator Loren Legarda in pre-election surveys in the end emerged as the winner of the vice presidential race.
He noted that the latest SWS survey had a big difference compared to the previous survey.
"Siguro dapat ilahad ang batayan ng survey na iyan (Perhaps they should present the basis of that survey)," he said.
Meanwhile, UNA secretary general and campaign manager, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said one of the "worst fears" they have is that the LP will start "trending" the outcome of the May 2013 elections to favor their tail-ender candidates in the Team PNoy slate. (With reports from Charissa M. Luci, Hannah L. Torregoza, and JC Bello Ruiz)