The latest non-commissioned senatorial survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed a new change in rankings for those hoping to place in the Magic 12, with reelectionist Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe in the top two spots.
Villar obtained 62 percent voter preference, representing some 37.6 million votes, while Poe, who used to be on top, got 60 percent or 36.4 million votes.
In the third to fifth place were Deputy House Speaker Pia Cayetano, who is seeking a comeback in the Senate, and two other reelectionists, Sonny Angara and Nancy Binay.
Angara rejoiced over his strong showing, immediately releasing a statement that enumerated his achievements in the Senate.
“Malaki po ang ating paniniwala na kung matutulungan natin ang ating mahihirap na mga kababayan na magkaroon ng trabaho at kumita ng sapat, maiaangat ng mga ito mula sa kahirapan ang kanilang pamilya,” he said.
Coming in at sixth is former Senator Lito Lapid with 38 percent voting preference, followed by ex-Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. at seventh spot with 35 percent.
Tied at eight and ninth places are reelectionist Sen. Koko Pimentel (34 percent) and former Senator Jinggoy Estrada with 34 percent each.
Former Senator Mar Roxas ranked 10 with 28 percent followed by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in the 11th spot with 27 percent and incumbent Senator JV Ejercito, who ranked 12th.
“Its a slow but steady climb,” Ejercio said. “But trajectory is very encouraging. Considering I am the only re-electionist that has a brother running and no political ads yet,” he said.
Within striking distance were former senator Serge Osmeña in 13th place, reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino in 14th place, and presidential assistant Bong Go and former police chief Bato dela Rosa tied for 15th and 16th places.