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Broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo topped the latest Senatorial poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), made public Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Tulfo, a first-time Senatorial candidate, was picked by 60 percent of 1,200 adult Filipino survey respondents.
Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano followed Tulfo on the list, with 51 percent and 50 percent respectively.
Among the other top picks are House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda at 4th spot with 45 percent and Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri at 5th with 44 percent. Ex-Vice President Jejomar Binay and Public Works and Highways chief Mark Villar both garnered 40 percent and tied at 6th place.
Reelectionist Senator Risa Hontiveros settled at 8th place with 36 percent, while former senator Jinggoy Estrada with 33 percent placed 9th.
Actor Robin Padilla, one of the senatorial aspirants endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, placed 10th with 29 percent.
In a statement, Padilla credited the President for his ranking in the survey.
"Nagpapasalamat ako kay Pangulong Duterte at sa ating mga kababayan para sa kanilang tiwala at suporta. Gagawin ko ang lahat para ipakitang deserving ako maging kinatawan ng ating mga kababayan sa Senado, said Padilla.
Also included in the “Magic 12” are veteran journalist Noli de Castro at 11th with 18 percent, and reelectionist Senator Joel Villanueva at 12th with 27 percent.