The rankings of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and former Senate President Koko Pimentel dropped in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey. Cagadas | The STAR/KJ Rosales
Roxas, Pimentel slip; Tolentino, Estrada enter Pulse Asia 'Magic 12'
Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - April 11, 2019 - 12:22pm

MANILA, Philippines — Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and former Senate President Koko Pimentel dropped in their rankings in the Pulse Asia senatorial preference survey released Thursday.

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from March 23 to 27 among 1,800 respondents aged 18 years old and above nationwide.

In the February survey, Roxas ranked 8th to 12th with 39.8% but the March poll saw him dropping to the 11th to 17th place with 31.3%.

Pimentel also slipped from the 9th to 14th place with 35.6% in February to 11th to 16th place in March with 33.6%.

Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino's ranking rose from the 11th to 15th place with 32.1% to 10th to 16th with 35.7%.

Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, whose name was at the 13th place but ranked 10th to 15th last month, also entered the top 12 in the latest survey ranking 10th to 16th with 35.2%.

Sen. Grace Poe remains the top senatorial bet with 72.6%, followed by Sen. Cynthia Villar with 63.7%, Sen. Sonny Angara with 58.5% and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go with 55.7%.

Sen. Pia Cayetano ranked 4th to 6th with 52.2% while former Sen. Lito Lapid ranked 5th to 8th with 48.4%.

Sen. Nancy Binay and former Philippine National Police chief Bato dela Rosa are statistically tied in the 6th to 9th place with 45.5% and 44.8%, respectively.

Completing the "Magic 12" are former Sen. Bong Revilla with 40.9% and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos with 39%.

The other probable winners are Sen. Bam Aquino and former Sen. Serge Osmeña who are both in the 11th to 16th place.

The top 16 candidates in the latest Pulse Asia survey all have a statistical chance of winning if the elections were held today.

Pulse Asia's nationwide survey has a +/-2.3% margin of error at the 95% confidence level.

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