Broadcast journalist and social media personality Rafael “Raffy” Tulfo remains the most preferred senatorial candidate in the 2022 May Elections, the latest survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS) showed.
Popularly known as “Idol Raffy”, Tulfo emerged again as the top bet in the upcoming national elections after garnering 57 percent of votes in the pre-election survey conducted by the SWS from 12 to 16 September.
The said survey was posted by Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri on his Facebook page on Thursday after he ranked sixth in the said polls.
It is the second consecutive time that Tulfo topped the pre-election surveys. He also ranked first in the latest Pulse Asia survey released in September where he earned 33.4 percent of votes.
Wanting to bring his brand of justice into the Senate, the broadcast journalist filed his candidacy for senator on 2 October and will run as an independent candidate.
Meanwhile, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and resigned Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar shared the second spot with 41 percent of votes.
Escudero and Legarda are returning senators who will run under the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition while Villar is a first-time candidate under President Duterte’s faction inside the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Ousted House Speaker and Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano ranked fifth in the survey after earning 38 percent of votes.
Zubiri followed Cayetano with 34 percent of votes while former Senator Jinggoy Estrada landed at seventh with 29 percent.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who forewent his bid to seek candidacy for vice president, ranked eight with 28 percent of votes.
Senator Risa Hontiveros and TV host Willie Revillame shared the ninth spot with 25 percent while reelectionist Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Richard Gordon are at the 12th spot with 21 percent.
According to Zubiri’s post, the SWS survey was conducted for Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute — an independent international and strategic research organization targeted to address issues affecting the Philippines and East Asia.