MANILA, Philippines --- Nine administration senatorial bets and four opposition candidates were neck and neck as they were named as probable winners in the May 2013 elections, based on the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) survey results.
The nationwide survey conducted last March 14-22 used face-to-face interviews 1,200 respondents.
Team PNoy bets, who occupied the top four slots, were: Senator Loren Legarda (57.3 percent), Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (52.56 percent), Senator Francis Escudero (50.7 percent), and former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar (47.32 percent).
Legarda occupied the top spot, while Cayetano and Escudero were tied in the second and third places.
Villar shared the fourth to seventh places with United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidates Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (46.96 percent), San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito (46.53 percent), and UNA deputy secretary-general Nancy Binay (45.54 percent).
Sharing the eighth-ninth places were Team PNoy bets former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares (43.39 percent), and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (43.29 percent).
At 10th and 11th spots are Sen. Gregorio Honasan with 41.99 percent (UNA) and National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Paolo Benigno Aquino IV with 38.92 percent (Team PNoy).
Sharing 12th-13th places were Team PNoy candidates Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (37.50 percent), and former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (37.19 percent).
The Center noted that Cayetano has dislodged Escudero in second place, as they ranked third and second places, respectively in its January survey.
Villar and Pimentel shared fifth-sixth places, while Ejercito was at ninth place last January.
Binay has significantly improved her ranking from 10th last January to fourth-seventh at present. Likewise, Poe (from 11th-12th to eighth-ninth), Trillanes (from 11th-12th to eighth-ninth), Aquino (from 15th to 11th) and Angara (from 13th-14th to 12th-13th) saw gains in their rankings in the latest survey.
Meanwhile, Honasan and Zubiri's ratings declined from seventh and eighth spots, respectively.