Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano and Loren Legarda were revealed as the top three senatoriables for the 2013 National Elections, in the TNS 2012 Pre-Election Surveys for Senatoriables.

Why are they in the list? Because they are no Tito Sotto after all!


Escudero is no longer a hard-hitting orator slash politician. He is consistent in the headlines after his separation from his wife and the death of his father. Thanks to Kris Aquino who always mentioned his name on her show. His name is also a favorite to tabloid writers after his escapades with Heart Evangelista. Actually, Escudero should join the Star Magic Ball next year.

Cayetano launched a very stirring TV advertisement about the things he claims as “DAPAT” for the country. However, the brother of Pia never mentioned about the things he did so that all the “dapats” will be achieved. He loves talking to the press. The press loves him. But I never heard a project he pioneered in.

Legarda, the champion of all green people, is always on top of the choice. Her name in the list is expected. I was about 10 when she first ran for Senator and I was sure then that she will be the next president of this country.

The three were consistently picked by 1, 500 respondents who are 18 years and above, from a pool of 79 senatoriables.

The TNS study also found out that “the most important expectations of voters from a senatoriable are laws that will make education accessible to all, that will lower the prices of goods and medicines that will ensure adequate food supply for everyone and that will provide water for all households.”

“In a political environment that is becoming more complex, the TNS survey is a helpful tool for aspiring candidates in the planning and development of their campaign strategies, explained Gary de Ocampo, TNS Philippines Managing Director, in a press release.

“Our research provides valuable insights into the voting population, including an in-depth understanding of the public’s mindset, expectations and aspirations with regard to their candidate selection.”

The pre-election study was conducted from June 20 to 30 this year through face-to-face interviews with probable voters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The study has a +/-2.53 % margin of error.

According to TNS, the research center “will conduct a follow-up surveys in October 2012 after the last day of filing of candidacy, and twice in 2013 to update results throughout the campaign period before the May 2013 elections”.