Ejercito enters ‘winners circle’

TWO weeks before the election, Senator JV Ejercito has barged into the “winners’ circle” in the latest survey of Pulse Asia that was released yesterday.

Ejercito got the highest boost in standings among the candidates placing 10-16 positions from 16-17 last March 23 to 27.  The latest survey was conducted from April 10 to 24 with a total of 1,800 respondents aged 18 and above.

Ejercito, known as “Mr. Healthcare” in the Senate, amassed 28.1 percent which he said is a result of his aggressive campaign around the country.  He said that reception of the people towards him has been good after he explained the benefits of his pet laws including the Universal Health Care and Department of Housing.

The senator believed that his entry in the winners circle is due to his clean name that is not tainted with issues of corruption and a good track-record in governance.

In again running for a seat in the Senate, Ejercito vowed to continue his advocacy in healthcare, housing, modern transportation, and other infrastructure projects.

“Naniniwala ako na ang mga adhikaing aking sinimulan ay hindi mananatiling isang panaginip lamang kung ako’y muling mabibigyan ng isa pang pagkakataong makapaglingkod sa ating bayan,” Ejercito said.

“Andiyan pa rin ang aking pangakong kailangang magkaroon ng mas maginhawang buhay ang lahat ng Pilipino,” he added.

Placing first in the same survey is Senator Cynthia Villar (51.7%), followed by Senator Grace Poe (50.5%), and placing 3rd-4th is Lito Lapid (45.7%) while in 3rd-6th place is Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (43.9%).

Placing 4th-8th places is Christopher “Bong” Go (40.8%), in 4th-9th places is Senator Juan Edgardo Angara (40.4%).

Others who entered the winner’s circle are former Senator Ramon Revilla, Jr. (38.1 percent, 5th to 9th places), former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa (36.7 percent, 5th to 9th places), Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay (36.2 percent, 6th to 9th places) and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (31.8 percent, 10th to 14th places).

Also included are Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (29.6 percent, 10th to 14th places), former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (28.8 percent, 10th to 14th places), and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV (28.8 percent, 10th to 14th places).