Koko makes big gains in Senate race

May 09, 2019

WITH the campaign entering its final week, Senate Trade and Commerce Committee Chair Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III was one of the Senate race’s biggest gainers, rising three percentage points in the recently published April 28 to May 3 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey and solidifying his spot among the 12 candidates likely to win a Senate seat in the May 13 national midterm elections.

The results mirror the reelectionist senator’s performance in the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted from April 10 to 14, which had Pimentel rising four spots from the previous poll conducted by Pulse Asia from March 23 to 27.

The senator from Mindanao said on Thursday that he welcomed the survey results that showed him “finishing strong” as the campaign winds down.

Pimentel attributed his showing, as well as the positive survey numbers of administration senatorial candidates, to the “overwhelming support for the Duterte government and its programs and policies.”

“They say in campaigns that messaging is crucial, but no message is as powerful as performance,” stressed the PDP-Laban President.

“Surveys have consistently shown that the people are satisfied with the overall performance of the administration and the President, and it is only natural that they would approve of his candidates as well.”

A recent SWS survey showed the Duterte Administration obtaining record-high approval ratings, with 81% of Filipinos polled expressing satisfaction with the national government.

The lawmaker pointed out that among the different issues polled, the administration also got 81% with regard to “helping the poor,” which Pimentel said was indicative of the impact of legislative measures passed during the first three years of the Duterte administration.

“When I was Senate President, we passed laws providing free college education, free irrigation, and free wifi, and these initiatives—coupled with government efforts to improve social services—have really been welcomed by our countrymen, who want a government that genuinely cares for them and works to improve their welfare.”