Is "Duterte's magic" helping the administration's candidates?
If the results of last Pulse Pulse's poll on the Senate race did not change next month, candidates endorsed by President Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, could get most of the 12 seats to grabs the elections of the Upper House of 13 of May.
Nine presidential candidates from President PDP-Laban and the regional party backed by Sara-Duterte, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, have a strong chance of winning.
Three candidates who are not aligned with the administration – Grace Poe, Lito Lapid and Nancy Binay – are likely to prevent a 12-0 administration victory.
Opposition plate Otso Diretso risks not winning a spot, with only re-election Bam Aquino and former senator Mar Roxas having a chance to win.
President Duterte must thus obtain a strong mandate in midterm polls so he can follow his agenda, particularly federalism, over the next three years.