Escudero, Marcos tied in latest SWS survey for vice president

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. climbed in the latest Business World-Social Weather Stations (BW-SWS) pre-election survey to share the top spot with erstwhile frontrunner Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero in the vice presidential race.

The two incumbent senators have the same score of 26 percent.

Kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon, sino po ang malamang ninyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE, BISE-PRESIDENTE, at mga SENADOR, ng PILIPINAS? Narito ang listahan ng mga kandidato,” the survey asked.

[Translation: "If the elections were held now, who would you likely vote as PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, and SENATORS, of the PHILIPPINES? Here is the list of the candidates."]

Presidential candidate Jejomar "Jojo" Binay remained as the most preferred candidate for the presidency, according to the survey.

Related: What is your presidential candidate's platform of government?

The survey was conducted from February 5 to 7, 2016 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 validated voters, 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The survey was not commissioned and was done on the own initiative of SWS.

Sampling error margins are at ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

Escudero's rating is down two percent from the 28 percent he received in January. While Marcos is up one percent from the 25 percent he obtained last month.

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Marcos, Robredo react

"Every survey result keeps us inspired to work harder in the campaign," Marcos said. "But as I have always said, the real survey will be on May 9, 2016 and that has been our focus as we continue to persevere in bringing our platform of unity to every part of the country.”

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo is running third with 19 percent, while,Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is fourth with 14 percent.

Both Robredo and Cayetano are up by two percentage points from the previous BW-SWS survey.

"Ito’y patunay na nagbubunga ang inyong tulong, hirap at pagod sa pag-iikot sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa upang maipaabot sa ating mga kababayan ang ating hangarin para sa bayan," Robredo said in a statement.

"Sa kabila ng pagtaas na ito, malayo pa ang laban na ating kinakaharap kaya lalo pa nating pag-iibayuhin ang pag-iikot, lalo na sa malalayong lugar sa bansa," she added.

[Translation: This is proof that all your help and sacrifices in putting up the nationwide campaign to ensure that our advocacies will be known by our countrymen is bearing fruit. In spite of this increase, the fight is still long. That's why we will continue our campaign, most especially in far-flung places."]

Sens. Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV found themselves at the bottom of the poll, garnering 6 and 5 percent, respectively.

The list of candidates was based on the official Comelec list as of January 27, 2016.

Sotto, Lacson top senatorial candidates

Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III and former senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson occupied the first two spots in the senatorial race.

Sen. Ralph Recto, former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, and Sen. Franklin Drilon round out the top five.

Completing the "Magic 12" are former Sen. Migz Zubiri, Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. TG Guingona and former Sen. Richard Gordon.

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According to the survey, only 25 percent of respondents chose a full state of 12 names, with respondents opting to choose an average of 7.1 names.