Bro. Villanueva, Grace Poe, Bam Aquino lead race in social media


Bro. Eddie Villanueva. Photo by Ryan Leagogo/

If netizens are to be believed, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Grace Poe, Bam Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Risa Hontiveros and Sonny Angara should win in the senatorial race in the May 13 elections.

That’s because these candidates generated the most positive mentions on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to an upstart risk mitigation and crisis-management company.

Completing the Magic 12 are JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Koko Pimentel, Cynthia Villar, Teddy Casiño and Dick Gordon.

According to data culled by C18 Research and analyzed by Astrolabe, these candidates were perceived positively by Filipinos of voting age both here and abroad as evidenced by postings on social networking sites.


Positive mention

The responses that were not hidden behind firewalls or data protection were tracked from Feb. 7, before the start of the campaign period for senators and party-list candidates on Feb. 12, until April 30. The research noted 183,000 mentions or conversations on the elections.  From Feb. 7 to  April 1, a total of 9,326 mentions that reflected positive mentions of the candidates were coded and became the basis for the Top 12 listing.

Astrolabe data also showed that these candidates likewise generated the most negative comments, but to a lesser degree.

Senatorial candidates Nancy Binay and Jack Enrile, however, appeared on the list of candidates with the most negative mentions on social media.

Astrolabe Head Strategist Amor L. Maclang said in a briefing on Friday in Makati City that it was not surprising for these candidates to appear on both the positive and negative lists since they have the most supporters as well as dissenters.

Maclang said, however, that while these candidates were seen in a generally positive light, there remained risks and vulnerabilities that could cost them the election.

Villanueva, for example, is said to be using God or religion to solicit support for his political bid, which turns off some potential voters. Grace Poe, meanwhile, has been criticized for her lack of experience and her riding on the popularity of her late father, Fernando Poe Jr.

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  • delpillar

    I am an OAV and I akready sent my ballot to the embassy last week.

    I voted 2 from LP
    1 from UNA.

    The rests are combinations of Independent and other parties

  • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

    Go Bam Aquino and Team PNoy!

  • maysayako

    sinabi ba ni god kay bro eddie na di ulit siya mananalo..? kailan kaya magigising sa kahibangan ang impostor na man of god kuno na ito!

    • Athan Aumentado

      sa lahat naman ng senatorial candidate sya lang ang malapit sa Diyos, I understand kung bakit nasasabi mo yan kac hindi ka rin born again, pero ito po ang tandaan natin na kailangan na kailangan ng bansa natin ang katulad nya, I’m not a JIL member pero I will vote for Bro. eddie dahil very qualified siya sa character, pinag-aralan, leadership at napaka malapit at may totoong pagmamahal sa Diyos at sa bayan, let us vote # 31 Bro. villanueva for senator

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    All of them has no job creation platforms. They keeps on yapping like dead brain zombies without focusing on the real problem of this country. UNEMPLOYMENT. They have no plans to create jobs for millions of unemployed Filipinos.
    Jobs, decent jobs, full time permanent jobs will solve all the problems of this country of thieves.

  • SY

    Filipinos should vote wisely by not voting opportunist disguised by their names!

  • Ako_Hiking

    Still amazing how being related to the President and sharing the same last name as the President with no government experience can help you be in the lead for the powerful position of a Senator.

    • maysayako

      si lito lapid, bong revilla at tito sotto isama mo na si erap, marcos at gloria may mga government experience, may nagawa bang mabuti sa bansa? it’s not just all about gov’t experience you know….

      • mhonski

        good or bad… meron din naman… di mo lang alam…

      • Ako_Hiking

        Actually Gloria did a lot of good for the country. Haven’t you been listening and paying attention to all the upgrades from FITCH and S&P? They actually attributed and commended the GMA Administration for the fiscal management they exercised.

  • andonilvalencia

    I am a NON-JIL but a supporter of Bro. Eddie’s cause in this country since 2004. I am voting #31 Bro. Eddie for senator!

    • Conrado Malabanan

      salamat sayo.kc me pagma2hal; ka sa diyos at sa bayan

  • maysayako

    YES to BAM AQUINO, ANGARA & HONTIVEROS! NO to villanueva (amen!), poe & escudero!

    • totnuckers

      mag isa ka lul.

    • mhonski

      LUL – laughing at U loudly…

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    Social media is more reliable. It is even contagious. It is very hard to believe consistent high ratings of people doing nothing. People tend to look for good news after sometime and doing nothing is not good news.

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