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Byline: Gerard S. dela Pena
Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" C. Aquino III remains the top pick among the 10 presidential aspirants green-lighted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) but the Nationalista Party's (NP) Sen. Manuel "Manny" B. Villar appears to be fast catching up.
With the campaign period yet to officially start, a new BusinessWorld- Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found 42% of respondents saying they would vote for Mr. Aquino, four points down from the 46% who said so in an early December poll that was also commissioned by this newspaper.
Over the period Mr. Villar, Mr. Aquino's top challenger, picked up eight points to secure the nod of 35%, up from 27%.