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Four lawyer-politicians on Monday emerged at the top of the heap in the latest Pulse Asia survey for the 2019 senatorial elections.

Former senator and Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano placed second in the “Magic 12” with 97 percent awareness level and 55.7 percent voter preference.

Cayetano took up Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of the Philippines, and graduated cum laude in 1985.

She then took up Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

From 1992 until 1995, Cayetano was an associate lawyer of the Castillo, Laman Tan, and Pantaleon Law Offices, specializing in corporate law and intellectual property laws.

From 1996 to 1999, Cayetano was an officer for the legal and corporate affairs of the Belle Corporation and its affiliates including the gaming conglomerate BW Resources. In 2000, she was a general counsel of the Philweb Corporation.

On the other hand, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio took the fourth spot with 95 percent awareness level and 46.2 voter preference.

Duterte-Carpio also known as “Inday Sara” by the Davaoeños, is a Filipina lawyer, and politician. She also served as the city mayor from June 30, 2010 until June 30, 2013.

Prior to her mayoral term, she has also served as vice mayor of Davao City from June 30, 2007 to June 30, 2010. She is also the daughter of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

Incumbent Sen. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara Jr., also made it in the “Magic 12” after snatching the fifth spot with 95 percent awareness level and 41.9 percent voter preference.

Angara was born on July 15, 1972 in Manila. He is the son of former Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Mrs. Gloria Manalang-Angara, a former teacher and chairperson of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Angara took up his basic education at Xavier School in San Juan, Metro Manila, and finished his undergraduate degree in International Relations with honors from the London School of Economics.

He finished his law degree at the University of the PhilippinesCollege of Law, and earned his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Also, incumbent Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III came in at eight place with 94 percent awareness level and 37.7 percent voter preference.

Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III was born on January 20, 1964 in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. His parents are Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. and Lourdes de la Llana-Pimentel. His father was a lawyer and dean of law at Xavier University at the time of his birth. The elder Pimentel eventually became a senator.

Pimentel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ateneo de Manila University and his Bachelor of Laws from University of the Philippines College of Law. He topped the 1990 Philippine Bar Examinations with a score of 89.85 percent.

Pulse Asia’s survey was conducted on June 15 to 21.

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