Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, who is seeking a Senate return, remains one of the leading candidates according to the recent Laylo senatorial survey less than two weeks before the national elections on May 9.
Escudero, who served two full terms in the Senate from 2007-2019, was preferred by 39 percent of 3,000 likely voters who were polled during Laylo’s national survey conducted from April 14 to 20, ranking him in 4th to 6th among the pre-listed senatorial candidates.
The veteran legislator, the only incumbent governor running for senator, has consistently topped the pollster’s surveys in the past.
In the latest Pahayag senatorial survey of Publicus Asia, Escudero was No. 1 with 46.8% rating.
In the latest Pahayag senatorial survey of Publicus Asia, which was released April 25, he was No. 1 with 46.8 percent of the 1,500 respondents saying they would vote for the veteran legislator if polls were held during the survey period.
If elected to the Senate anew, Escudero said he would focus on giving more autonomy to local government units, ensure the judicious and prudent utilization of the annual budget, and help transition the pandemic-weary economy to recovery, among others.
“Escudero will play a big role in crafting key pieces of legislation and reforms at a time when the country is besieged with challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
President Rodrigo Duterte has endorsed Escudero’s senatorial bid, saying the governor will play a big role in crafting key pieces of legislation and reforms at a time when the country is besieged with challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor and vice-presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio is personally backing Escudero’s Senate comeback bid.
The tandems of Senator Ping Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto; Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan; and Senator Manny Pacquiao and Rep. Lito Atienza have adopted Escudero in their senatorial slates.
The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) has also included him in the list of six senatorial bets it is endorsing for the May 9 voting, while mayors from CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and Eastern Samar, who belong to the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), are likewise supporting his Senate return.
Escudero is also endorsed by several party-list groups, including Ang Probinsyano, Ang Kabuhayan, Agimat, An Waray, ARISE, BHW, Kusog Bikolano, KAPUSO-PM, Makabayan and Uswag Ilonggo, as well as the youth-oriented group Nationalist Social-Democratic Society.
The 200,000-strong Federation of Free Farmers (FFF), one of the biggest non-government organizations in the country, has committed to campaign for him.
Escudero is also one of the top favorites among students to win the senatorial race, according to separate campus mock polls conducted by at least 36 colleges and universities across the country.