Out of the 50 running for the Senate, 13 are seemed to be the strongest to be the next legislators of the Philippines, according to the latest Pulse Asia Survey released on Tuesday, April 26.
Leading the pack are either incumbent or former senators with Senator Vicente Sotto III (53.8%) ranking first,followed by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon (49.2%); Francis Pangilinan (46.4%);Panfilo M. Lacson (39.1%); and Juan Miguel Zubiri (39.0%).
But five names who have not served as senators yet are seen to be probable winners in the coming May 9 elections per this latest survey. They are: Sarangani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (38.5% 4th to 10th place); former Akbayan Party List Representative Risa Hontiveros (36.3%, within 4th to 13th places); Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin T. Gatchalian (33.8%, 7th to 13th places); former Technical Education and Skills Development Administration (TESDA) Director General Emmanuel “Joel” Villanueva; and former Justice Secretary de Lima (32.3%, 8th to 13th places).
Completing the list are also former or incumbent senators, including Senator Sergio R. Osmeña III (37.9%, 4th to 12th places); Senator Ralph Recto (34.9%, 4th to 13th places); and Richard Gordon (34.1%, 6th to 13th places).
The polls also revealed only 4 out of 10 Filipinos have a complete list of senators to vote for this elections.
The survey was participated by 1,800 respondents, conducted from April 16 to 20 through face-to-face interviews.
PCCI to present roadmap to next president
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) will propose to the next administration a roadmap that could help create more jobs and further economic growth, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Tuesday.
The roadmap is summarized by the acronym “GIANT STEPS:” G stands for good governance; I for infrastructure; A for agriculture; N calls for “new era of manufacturing;” T for tourism; while STEPS stand for science, technology, education, people, and skills.
PH imports up 1.2% this February
Amid global economic slowdown, the country remains resilient as imported goods rose by 1.2% in February compared to last year’s numbers.
Total payments for imported goods increased from$5.35 billion in February 2015 to $5.41 billion this year, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported on Tuesday.
“Domestic demand, especially investments, remains strong. This will likely continue to drive imports growth within the short term,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel F. Esguerra said in a statement.
Both capital and consumer goods enjoyed robust growth this month, with 57.5% and 26.3% respectively. But raw materials and lubricants had steep decline with -27% and -34.8%.
Still, among the country’s neighbors, only the Philippines posted positive imports growth in February 2016 with Thailand, South Korea, and China experiencing the worst declines, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) noted. - Elyssa Christine Lopez