By William Casis i FilAm Star Correspondent
Re-electionist Sen. Grace Poe has remained the number one choice of voters in the upcoming mid-term elections in May, based on the results of latest Pulse Asia survey.
Poe, who is running as an independent candidate, obtained a 74.9 percent voter preference in the survey conducted from January 26 to 31. The survey has an error margin of ± 2.3 percent.
While Poe is an adopted “guest candidate” of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), she, however, does not belong to any political party.
Poe said she remains thankful to the Filipino people for trusting her and making her their number one “pick.”
She admitted that being number one among the solon bets has always been a challenge to her, such that she should not be complacent. “I’m always running scared,” revealed Poe.
She said this also inspires her to work harder for the good of the Filipino people and the country.
The daughter of veteran actress Susan Roces and the late Fernando Poe Jr. was followed by another re-electionist, Sen. Cynthia Villar with 60.50 percent voter preference.
President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed Villar’s senatorial run and acknowledged her as a “dedicated public servant” in her long years in public service.
She was endorsed as PDP-LABAN guest candidate during the party’s campaign kick-off in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
“I am both humbled and honored to have the endorsement of a very popular president,” Villar said.
“I look forward to continue working with him in instituting reforms, especially in making the agriculture sector profitable and competitive for our farmers and fisherfolks,” she added.
Villar said she is happy being among the preferred senators of Filipino voters.
Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (53.3 percent) and former senator Lito Lapid (53 percent) took the third to sixth spot in the ranking.
Cayetano is a come-backing senator, having served the Upper Chamber for 12 years.
With 50.1 percent voting preference, Sen. Nancy Binay shared the third to ninth spot with Sen. Sonny Angara who got a 48.8 percent.
PDP-Laban bet Sen. Koko Pimentel with 45.5 percent voting preference was at fifth to 11th spot.
With 44.7 percent, Bong Go, former aide of President Duterte, was tied at the sixth to twelfth spot with former senator Jinggoy Estrada who got 44.3 percent voting preference.
Otso Derecho senatorial bet, former Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas occupied the seventh to fourteenth spot with 41.8 percent voter preference.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Marcos who got 41.2 percent voter preference and former senator Bong Revilla with 40.2 percent were both in the seventh to fifteenth spot.
Marcos, running under the Nacionalista Party, was also a PDP- Laban guest candidate, along with Villar and Cayetano, all endorsed by the President.
Sen. Bam Aquino, a re-electionist and come-backing Sen. Serge Osmena are on the tenth to fifteenth spot.