The 2022 elections may be more than a year away, but Pulse Asia is already floating names of possible senatorial candidates—and assessing their winnability.
Results of Pulse Asia’s senatorial preference survey conducted from September 14 to 20 showed a mix of local politikos, incumbent lawmakers and those raring to make a comeback.
Topping the list of potential senatorial winners is former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who took a break from politics after losing in the 2016 vice presidential race. He’s followed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who’s ranked from 2nd place to 5th place.
Duterte is followed on the survey by familiar names of politikos: Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, former senator JV Ejercito, Senator Risa Hontiveros, and former senators Bam Aquino and Gringo Honasan.
Those with a chance of becoming senator—albeit slim as they are ranked ninth to 16th or even lower—are Senator Joel Villanueva, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos Recto, Senator Richard Gordon, former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Senator Leila De Lima, 1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas.