23 April 2016, 9:05 pm – RED CROSS chairman Richard “Dick” Gordon and former justice
secretary Leila de Lima remain the top choices of UST students for senator,
based on the results of the second University-wide pre-election survey
conducted by the Varsitarian.

Gordon and De Lima, the top senatorial contenders in the first
Varsitarian survey conducted late last year, got the nod of 61 percent of

Former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. director Risa
Hontiveros placed third with 52 percent, followed by re-electionist Sen. Ralph
Recto at fourth place with 46 percent.

Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, former senator and presidential assistant
for rehabilitation and recovery, remained at the fifth spot with 44 percent.

Other candidates who entered the top 12 were Sen. Sergio Osmena
III (43 percent), Senate President Franklin Drilon (42 percent), and former
senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (41 percent) and Juan Miguel Zubiri (40

The remaining spots went to Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian
(38 percent), Sen. Teofisto Guingona III (26 percent) and UST alumnus and
former director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development
Authority, Emmanuel Joel Villanueva (22 percent).

Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and boxing legend Emmanuel “Manny”
Pacquiao, representative of Sarangani province, dropped out of the top 12.
Sotto previously ranked 11th while Pacquiao ranked 12th.

In the second survey, Sotto placed 13th with 21 percent, while
Pacquiao went down to the 14th spot with 20 percent.

Communication Arts alumna Susan “Toots” Ople, a former labor
undersecretary, got 7 percent.

The survey was conducted from February to April and had 1,356
respondents randomly selected from the University’s faculties and

Respondents were asked to choose not more than 12 senatorial
candidates from a list of 52 names. Paul Xavier Jaehwa C. Bernardo, John Paul
P. Corpuz and Monica M. Hernandez


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