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Reelectionist senators welcome their surge in ratings in latest Pulse Asia survey.

By Hannah Torregoza

Some reelectionist senators were elated after their ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey surged two weeks before the May 13 elections.

"Hardwork is already paying off," Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito said in a statement.

Ejercito has finally entered the so-called "Magic 12" in Pulse Asia's survey conducted in April 10 to 14, 2019, with a rank of 10-16, and a voting awareness of 28.1 percent.

"People are starting to appreciate the work that we have done specially the Universal Healthcare Law and creation of Department of Human Settlements," said the senator.

"The electorate is slowly appreciating those candidates with good performance and clean track record," Ejercito noted.

Senator Paolo "Bam" Aquino IV, on the other hand, was the lone opposition that made it to the Magic 12 of Pulse Asia's survey.

Aquino landed in a share of 10th to 14th spots, with 28.8 percent awareness. In last month's Pulse Asia survey, he was in a tie for 11th to 16th places.

In a statement, Aquino thanked the people, especially the volunteers, for their trust and confidence that serve as his inspiration during the campaign.

"Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil dumarami ang naniniwala, nakikiisa at tumutugon. Salamat po mga mga matatapang at matitiyagang tumutulong sa atin na laging buo ang loob at walang pagod, (I'm thankful because there are now many people starting to believe, responding and agreeing with us. Thank you to those who are courageously and patiently helping us tirelessly, " he said.

Should he win a second term, Aquino promised to work for the passage of his Trabaho Center Bill, which seeks to establish Trabaho Centers or job placement offices in public high schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs) to help solve the prevalent problem of jobs mismatch and high unemployment rate in the country.

Senator Cynthia Villar, who now ranks first in the latest survey, said she was also glad at the results, saying it showed that many Filipinos have recognized many of her projects and programs for the people.

"Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa kanila, marahil nagugustuhan nila akong iboto dahil nagugustuhan nila iyong mga proyekto kong itinatayo para sa hanap buhay (I am thankful to them because, maybe they like to vote for me because they approve of our livelihood projects which we have established)," Villar said in a statement.

"Marami pong salamat sa ating mga kababayan at makakaasa kayo na pagbalik ko sa Senado ipagpapatuloy ko po ang pagtatayo ng mga hanap buhay para sa pamilyang Pilipino (Thank you our kababayan and I promise to pursue more livelihood projects when I return to the Senate,)" she added.

Senator Grace Poe, who ranked second this time, also said she was grateful to the trust shown to her by the voters.

"Bagamat wala akong partido, nananatili pa rin tayo sa isip ng marami (Even though I have no political party, we remain in the hearts and minds of many people)," Poe said when sought to comment.

"Patuloy pa rin ang ating pag iikot at pag lalahad ng plataporma para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan (We will continue to go around and share our platforms for the good of our nation)," Poe stressed.

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who ranked 10th in the latest Pulse Asia survey said he was also happy that respondents of the survey were aware of his qualifications.

"I am happy that those surveyed are aware of my qualifications for the position, remember the things I have accomplished, and have become aware of the good plans I have for our beloved country," Pimentel said.

"I once again call on all Filipinos who love their country to unite and help one another help our country and our people progress," he further said.

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