President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday belittled the senatorial front-runners in the upcoming midterm elections, saying that the administration’s bets are more dedicated and knowleadgable.
During his speech at the birthday celebration of his former political adviser Francis Tolentino’s birthday celebration in Tagaytay City, Duterte did not drop names but rather pushed for his personal senatorial bets for the 2019 midterm elections.
“I do not have to derogate others but these survey front-runners, my goodness. We have dedicated people here, knowledgeable, attorneys,” he said.
Despite not dropping names, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed the likes of re-electionist Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe topping the recent survey.
It can be recalled that in the July 2018 Pulse Asia survey, Poe led the list after 67.4% of the respondents said that they would vote for her, and Taguig City District Rep. Pia Cayetano placed second after 55.7% of the respondents voted for her.
Among the senatorial bets who are part of the top 12 Senatorial bets are:
- Senator Cynthia Villar: 62%
- Senator Grace Poe: 60%
- Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano: 40%
- Senator Sonny Angara: 40%
- Senator Nancy Binay: 40%
- Former Senator Lito Lapid: 38%
- Former Senator Bong Revilla: 35%
- Former Senate President Koko Pimentel: 34%
- Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada: 31%
- Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas: 28%
- Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos: 27%
- Senator JV Ejercito: 27%
In the same survey, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go placed 14th to 15th, tying with former Bureau of Corrections and Philippine National Police head Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. Meanwhile, Tolentino, an administration candidate, tied at 17th and 18th places with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.