Who’s in and who’s out? The 2019 Senatorial race preview

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED July 12, 2018 04:32 pm | UPDATED July 13, 2018 08:18 am
Ten months into the election, the possible senatoriables are already in stiff competition. (Graphics by Dani Elevazo)

(Inside Manila) A recent Pulse Asia survey revealed possible names that we’re about to be acquainted with come the 2019 senatorial elections. The list reveals some familiar old names, newcomers and expected holdovers vying for the sought-after “Magic 12.”


Curious who’s in and who’s out of the list? Here are your possible senatoriables for next year’s polls.


The Powerhouses


Senator Grace Poe still leads the list with 67.4% of the 1,800 survey takers willing to vote for her. That is just a few creeps below the 70% mark she earned last March. However, the lady senator is reportedly “unsure” whether to seek or forego re-election.       


Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano took the second spot that recently belong to Senator Cynthia Villar. Meanwhile, Villar slid to the 3rd place, tailed by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.


Sitting 5th is another re-electionist in Senator Sonny Angara while battling for 5-12 were former senator Jinggoy Estrada, former chief of police Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and former Senate President Koko Pimentel.


Completing the “Magic 12” list were incumbent senators Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito and returnees Lito Lapid and Serge Osmeña.


Notable seekers


Legatees of two of the most colorful political names in the Philippine history are members of the tailgaters. Senator Bam Aquino took the 13th spot while Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos settled next to him.


Actor and avid President Duterte believer Robin Padilla (16) was also among those closing in to the top 12. He joined tough-talking columnist Mon Tulfo, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, 2016 presidentiable Mar Roxas, ABS-CBN anchor Ted Failon and former president Gloria Arroyo.


Who’s out?


Well, they are not officially out of the list, but they are nowhere near the “Magic 12.” However, they still have ten months to catch up and who knows, considering their popularities (and current government positions), they are still pretty much in the running. They are:



  • Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

  • Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

  • Actress and a known Duterte critic Agot Isidro

  • Singer and Duterte supporter Freddie Aguilar

  • Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

  • Representative Gary Alejano


Here’s the complete list of the Pulse Asia survey:







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