MANILA, Philippines - United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Nancy Binay and Team PNoy's Cynthia Villar gained big in the April pre-election Social Weather Stations survey, sharing the third and fourth spots.
The two female senatorial candidates both earned 49 percent of votes during the survey period April 13 to 15, climbing from their ranks on fifth to seventh spots with 47 percent of votes in last month's survey.
Villar, slowly regained her position in the chart from her January drop to ninth in the rankings, while Binay also climbed from 12th place in January.
Villar and Binay also traded places with UNA's JV Ejercito whose rank fell to 7th to 8th spots, tied with re-electionist Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III.
The same survey, meanwhile, showed that re-electionist Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero continued to drop from the coveted second spot to the fifth.
President Benigno Aquino III's cousin, Liberal Party's Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, also advanced from 10th to 6th in the senate race.
Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, who is also running under Liberal Party, gained three spots from 12th to 9th.
While Liberal Party's Grace Poe Llamanzares retained her position at 10th to 11th, she now shares the rank with fellow Liberal Party candidate, re-electionist Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV, with 39 percent of potential votes.
Jack Enrile and re-electionist Gregorio Honasan, both running under the banner of UNA, occupy the last two places of the "Magic 12."
The survey among 1,800 representative voters nationwide sought to find the preferred senatorial candidates of the voters leading to the May polls.