Senator Tito Sotto landed on the top spot for the latest senatorial preference survey conducted by Pulse Asia from September 8 to 14.
With a total of 2,500 respondents, Sotto ranked number one with a voting preference of 63.6 percent.
Ping Lacson landed the second spot with 59.3 percent share of votes, closely followed by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. with 54.9 percent share of votes.
Senator Franklin Drilon and Secretary Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan clinched the “fourth to sixth” spot with 48.2 and 46.6 percent share of votes, respectively.
THE ALDUB CONNECTION. Given the timeframe of the latest Pulse Asia survey, Senator Sotto admitted that his hosting stint in Eat Bulaga! and active participation in the famous Kalyeserye segment helped boost his rating in the senatorial preference poll.
"It's a bonus I could say... The AlDub phenomenon most probably contributed to the rise in percentage,” said Senator Sotto in an interview with GMA News Online yesterday, September 30.
To recall, Eat Bulaga! reportedly gained nine out of ten highest-rated episodes in 2015 due to the much-loved onscreen tandem of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza), dubbed as the AlDub phenomenon.
This was based on AGB Nielsen Philippines’s survey among Mega Manila households, which was conducted from September 4 to 6.
Nevertheless, Senator Sotto maintained that his contribution in Senate discussions was also a contributing factor.
“I'd like to think that my 100-percent perfect attendance and participation in most Senate debates is also a factor,” he pointed out.
It will be recalled that he was the one who moved for the inclusion of online libel in the anti-cybercrime law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court early last year.
Most recently, Senator Sotto participated in the interpolation of Senator Marcos’s alternative to Malacañang’s draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
“Ang masasabi ko, siyempre masaya, I am humbled.
"Probably being highest in the rating will inspire me to work more, work harder,” Senator Sotto added.
ALDUB NOT ENDORSING POLITICAL CANDIDATES. Early this month, the senator-TV host maintained that both Alden and Maine won't be endorsing any political candidates in the 2016 elections.
Senator Sotto, for his part, is set to take a leave from Eat Bulaga! starting February next year.