BY PRINCE GOLEZ Manila Reporter
MANILA – Nine out of 12 senatorial candidates of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) entered the “Magic 12” of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Team PNoy campaign manager, Sen. Franklin Drilon said the results were an “affirmation” that the Filipino electorate supports the LP’s platform of government.
In the “Magic 12” are the administration’s senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV; former congresswoman Cynthia Villar, Cong. Sonny Angara, Grace Poe and Bam Aquino.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bets, vice presidential daughter Nancy Binay, Cong. JV Ejercito-Estrada and former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri completed the top 12.
“This vote of confidence on the candidates personally handpicked by President Benigno Aquino III himself also focuses attention on the great political tasks awaiting them once they are formally elected into office,” said Drilon.
He also lauded the “political maturity” of the public.
Team PNoy senatorial candidate, former senator Jamby Madrigal said no less than the President is the party’s “biggest endorser.”
She said Aquino inherited his mother’s “Cory Magic.”
“This is the reason why I decided not to hire any celebrity endorsers for this campaign,” Madrigal said.
Madrigal jumped from 17th to 14th place in the recent survey.
The latest results were “highly indicative of the people’s support for Aquino,” said Sen. Francis Pangilinan.
Pleased with the results, Pangilinan said the national administration has been “credible” in pushing for reforms.
On one hand, UNA Secretary General, Cong. Toby Tiangco said he still believes the top 12 will be dominated by non-LP candidates and UNA candidates.
“It is too premature for the LP to gloat. The fact remains that the LP has barely made it to the top 12 in the SWS survey of February 15 to 17,” Tiangco said.
Tiangco also said there is only one way the LP can dominate the midterm elections – “resorting to the tactics employed by the Arroyo administration in previous elections.”/PN