Seven senatorial candidates of the administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party made it to the Magic 12 of a church-run survey.
Based on the Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) by Radio Veritas, which was released Wednesday, more than half of those who made it to the top 12 are from HNP.
They are Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Ronald dela Rosa, Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, Aquilino Pimentel, and Francis Tolentino.
Also included on the list are reelectionist Senator Grace Poe, who topped the survey, Willie Ong, Nancy Binay, Paolo Benigno “Bam “Aquino IV, and Neri Colmenares.
The survey was conducted in February and March involving 1,200 respondents.
It added that the respondents are Roman Catholics from the 86 Archdioceses and Dioceses of the Catholic Church in the country.
The radio station is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila.
HNP is headed by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
Based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) data, there are a total of 62 candidates vying for 12 senatorial posts in the May 13, 2019 midterm polls. (Ferdinand Patinio, PNA)