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MAR MOVES UP TO 2nd IN APRIL 26-29 PULSE POLL
[RELATED: Roxas seeks unity dialogue with Poe vs Duterte]

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ALSO, Grace on Mar’s appeal: Puwede naman akong i-text]


MAY 5 The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey, conducted from April 26 to 29, showed Mar Roxas gaining two points from the last survey to 22 percent, and Sen. Grace Poe losing a point to end with 21 percent. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, file
With only five days left before the May 9 polls, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II rose to second place in the latest Pulse Asia survey – ahead of Sen. Grace Poe by a point and 11 points behind frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey, conducted from April 26 to 29, showed Roxas gaining two points from the last survey to 22 percent, and Poe losing a point to end with 21 percent. Roxas is statistically tied with Poe if the survey’s margin of error of 1.5 percentage points is applied, Pulse Asia said. While maintaining his lead, Duterte’s rating was unchanged at 33 percent. The previous survey was held from April 19-24. Like Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance also lost one point to 17 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s voter preference stayed at two percent. Around four percent of the respondents answered “don’t know, refused, undecided or none.”  The Davao mayor also maintained a tight grip on Mindanao, his bailiwick, with a voter preference of 58 percent, unchanged from his April 19-24 rating in the region. Duterte also led in the National Capital Region with 40 percent, up from his 34 percent rating in the previous survey. Poe emerged as the top bet in Luzon with 28 percent (from 29 percent), while Roxas continued to lead in the Visayas, his bailiwick, with 38 percent (from 37 percent). By social-economic class, Duterte was the preferred candidate of those in classes ABC and the biggest voting bloc D at 37 percent and 33 percent, respectively. He shared the lead in Class E with Roxas at 31 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Poe also remains the top alternative candidate for president if respondents’ first choice leaves the race. READ MORE...RELATED, Roxas seeks unity dialogue with Poe .... ALSO, Grace on Mar’s appeal: Puwede naman akong i-text...

ALSO: Top VP - Leni overtakes Bongbong
[RELATED: Leni asks for solid Bicol vote]


MAY 5 -Support for LP bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo improved to 30 percent in the ABS-CBN-commissioned poll, up from 26 percent in the Pulse Asia’s April 19 to 24 survey that was also sponsored by the television network. lenirobredo.com
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has gained more ground in the vice presidential race with the campaign now in the homestretch and the elections just around the corner, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
Support for Robredo improved to 30 percent in the ABS-CBN commissioned poll, up from 26 percent in the Pulse Asia’s April 19 to 24 survey that was also sponsored by the television network. The new Pulse Asia survey was conducted from April 26 to 29, using face-to-face interviews of 4,000 registered voters with biometrics. It has a margin of error of 1.5 percentage points. Robredo, however, is statistically tied with Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who obtained 28 percent, down from 31 percent. Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes noted that the movement in the ratings of Robredo and Marcos was significant. The ratings of Sens. Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano were unchanged at 18 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Sens. Antonio Trillanes IV’s and Gringo Honasan II’s scores also did not move at three percent and two percent, respectively. Marcos dominated the survey in the National Capital Region and Luzon with 42 percent and 33 percent voter preference, respectively. Robredo led in the Visayas with 42 percent and shared statistical leads in Mindanao (28 percent) with Marcos (24 percent) and Cayetano (29 percent). Robredo shared the statistical lead with Marcos across all social classes, Pulse Asia said. Robredo obtained 32 percent in classes ABC, 30 percent in class D and 29 percent in class E. Marcos, on the other hand, got 29 percent in classes ABC, 29 percent in D and 24 percent in E. Around four percent of the respondents answered “don’t know, refused, undecided or none.” Escudero was the alternative candidate for vice president should the respondents’ first choice not pursue his or her bid. With the momentum on their side, LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas II sees victory for him and Robredo in the May 9 elections. READ MORE...RELATED, Leni asks for solid Bicol vote...

ALSO: Old-timers dominate senatorial survey
[RELATED: TIME TO SWITCH TO MAR, POE SUPPORTERS TOLD]


MAY 5 -Senate President Franklin Drilon STAR/File
 Old-timers continued to dominate the senatorial race based on the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN. In the so-called Magic 12 were Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sen. Vicente Sotto III, former senators Francis Pangilinan, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva, Sen. Serge Osmeña III, former senator Richard Gordon, former justice secretary Leila de Lima, Sen. Ralph Recto and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian.
The survey was conducted from April 26 to 29, using face-to-face interviews of 4,000 validated voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points. According to Pulse Asia, the same names were present in the previous survey, although there were changes in ranking. The April 19 to 24 survey ranked the senatorial candidates in this order: Sotto, Drilon, Pangilinan, Lacson, Pacquiao, Zubiri, Hontiveros, De Lima, Osmeña, Villanueva, Gordon, Recto and Gatchalian. If elected, only Pacquiao, Hontiveros, Villanueva, De Lima and Gatchalian would be the first timers in the Senate. Of the five, only De Lima has no prior experience as a legislator. READ MORE...RELATED, TIME TO SWITCH TO MAR, POE SUPPORTERS TOLD...

ALSO: Mar - We will be victorious
[RELATED: The best is yet to come,’ Roxas says in final campaign speech]


MAY 7 -“Malalagpasan natin siya (We will overtake him),” Roxas said. The STAR/Joey Viduya
  NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, Philippines – “We will be victorious in the May 9 elections.” 
Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas II expressed confidence he can beat presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, warning that the Davao City mayor would pave the way for the return of dictatorship in the country. “Malalagpasan natin siya (We will overtake him),” Roxas said. Roxas issued the statement even as the latest surveys of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations showed Duterte ahead of the field by around 11 percentage points, which is estimated to be equivalent to four million votes. In the vice presidential race, Roxas’ runningmate Leni Robredo is faring better, with the latest polls putting her on top and slightly ahead of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late dictator. “In a few days, we’re going to cast our votes. We’re going to make a crucial decision because we’re not deciding on candidates – we’re deciding on our future and the future of our children,” Roxas told a campaign rally here. “I know that with your help and your support, we will be victorious in the May 9 elections,” he added. He said he sees the elections on Monday as a two-cornered fight between him and Duterte for the presidency, and between Robredo and Marcos in the vice presidential race. “Roxas-Robredo for democracy and for clean and transparent government, or Duterte-Marcos for the return of martial law and for the return of violence. That’s the choice our countrymen are faced with on Monday,” Roxas said. READ MORE...RELATED, The best is yet to come,’ Roxas says in final campaign speech...

ALSO: ‘Batang Cubao’ Roxas campaigns for last time in 2nd hometown
[ALSO, Poe ends presidential campaign at Plaza Miranda]


MAY 7 -Panoramic view of Roxas-Robredo's miting de avance at QC Memorial Circle
Panoramic view of the crowd at Quezon Memorial Circle for the miting de avance of Liberal Party candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo on Saturday
Thousands of people from all walks of life flocked to Quezon Memorial Circle on Saturday to express support for Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo. Yellow-wearing supporters gathered as Roxas, Robredo and LP’s senatorial candidates held a miting de avance on the last day of campaign before the elections on Monday. Roxas, although a native of Capiz, has been a longtime resident of Cubao, Quezon City. “Batang QC si Mar, batang Cubao (Mar is a kid from QC, from Cubao). (Quezon City) is his second hometown,” said Daang Matuwid coalition spokesperson and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez. “This is also one of our strongest bases of support, the city of Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Quezon City Representatives Kit Belmonte, Alfred Vargas, Bolet Banal, Winnie Castelo, and Boy Calalay.”  Members of the crowd, including some from the religious sector, were seen carrying placards bearing the words “Roxas Robredo Panalo! (Roxas Robredo Win!)” at the gathering. READ MORE...ALSO, Poe ends presidential campaign at Plaza Miranda...


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Mar moves up to 2nd in April 26-29 Pulse poll


The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey, conducted from April 26 to 29, showed Mar Roxas gaining two points from the last survey to 22 percent, and Sen. Grace Poe losing a point to end with 21 percent. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, file

MANILA, MAY 9, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Helen Flores  May 5, 2016 - With only five days left before the May 9 polls, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II rose to second place in the latest Pulse Asia survey – ahead of Sen. Grace Poe by a point and 11 points behind frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The ABS-CBN-commissioned survey, conducted from April 26 to 29, showed Roxas gaining two points from the last survey to 22 percent, and Poe losing a point to end with 21 percent.

Roxas is statistically tied with Poe if the survey’s margin of error of 1.5 percentage points is applied, Pulse Asia said.

While maintaining his lead, Duterte’s rating was unchanged at 33 percent. The previous survey was held from April 19-24.

Like Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance also lost one point to 17 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s voter preference stayed at two percent.

Around four percent of the respondents answered “don’t know, refused, undecided or none.”

The Davao mayor also maintained a tight grip on Mindanao, his bailiwick, with a voter preference of 58 percent, unchanged from his April 19-24 rating in the region.

Duterte also led in the National Capital Region with 40 percent, up from his 34 percent rating in the previous survey.

Poe emerged as the top bet in Luzon with 28 percent (from 29 percent), while Roxas continued to lead in the Visayas, his bailiwick, with 38 percent (from 37 percent).

By social-economic class, Duterte was the preferred candidate of those in classes ABC and the biggest voting bloc D at 37 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

He shared the lead in Class E with Roxas at 31 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

Poe also remains the top alternative candidate for president if respondents’ first choice leaves the race.

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Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes noted no significant changes in the ratings with regard to the presidential survey.


Ronald Holmes, Pulse Asia President described the 7-percentage-point drop in Binay's number as ''slightly significant." ABS-CBN FILE PHOTO

He also expressed belief that Duterte is still not guaranteed of victory despite his 11-point lead over his closest rival.

“I would not say so,” Holmes said when asked if Duterte is pulling away from his rivals.

‘Let us not falter’ Heartened by the latest Pulse Asia survey results, Roxas called on his followers to continue the fight for a decent government.

“We urge all of you – accompany me and Leni,” he said, referring to his runningmate Rep. Leni Robredo.

“We have gone far but we will go farther if you are with us,” Roxas said in a press briefing at the LP headquarters in Quezon City.

“Let us not falter. This is the good fight. This is the fight of our lives. I won’t give you any reason to regret the support you gave us,” he added.

Roxas said he and Leni would do everything to address their concerns and complaints against the government.

“We admit that there are inadequacies and you have legitimate concerns. But as Leni and I have been saying, we will fill the gaps and correct the mistakes. We are ready to listen and we will strengthen existing programs to make them successful,” the LP standard-bearer said.

“We will do what we can so that your concerns will be addressed immediately in our first 100 days, regardless of who will be affected. We will not allow your concerns to be ignored,” he added.

“The momentum is now clearly with us. While our rivals’ standings have not moved or have declined, we’re moving up and this is a reflection of the continued trust and support of our countrymen and we thank them for that,” Roxas pointed out.

“I know that many of you have just recently decided to vote for us, and we really appreciate and value your support for me and Leni,” he said.

He recalled that last year many thought that he and Robredo had no chance at all in the May elections. He said the changes in the poll standings were “a major development in the elections.”

With his latest survey standing, Roxas declared it’s now between him and Duterte.

“Many feel that it’ll be just Mayor Duterte and I who will slug it out. The people have seen that our campaign with Leni is the only one that is for clean, transparent and honest government,” Roxas said.

“The people have seen that in my over 20 years in public service, we’ve been clean, honest and one who’s transparent compared to one who always talks dirty and engages in double-speak,” he said.

Intact

In Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the development showed the administration tandem would prevail in the end.

“The continuing uptrend of the Daang Matuwid tandem indicates that as election day nears, increasing numbers of Filipinos are signifying their belief in good governance as the key to sustaining inclusive economic growth,” Coloma said.

“We are delighted at the numbers of both Mar and Leni, at both their surges. The next few days will be an opportunity for Mar and Leni to present to the people the tandem that will press further progress and address ongoing concerns of our people,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.


BELMONTE

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. stressed the LP remains intact as shown by Roxas’ improving ratings in surveys.

“We’re intact and more leaders have reiterated their support for our presidential candidate,” Belmonte, campaign manager for the Daang Matuwid coalition, said.

Meanwhile, the Youth Against Poverty and Corruption, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Anak Mindanao and the Citizens’ Against Corruption party-list groups expressed support yesterday for Roxas and Robredo.

“We recognize and appreciate the progress of the past six years, but understand that there is still much that remains to be done. We entrust the dreams and hopes of our constituents to Mar, knowing he will continue and uphold what is right. We stand with him in the fight to give our people freedom from hunger, freedom from fear and freedom to dream,” the party-list groups said in a statement.

Last week, Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas of the Nacionalista Party and 22 mayors of the province reiterated their support for Roxas.

But for Poe’s runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero, the standings of the candidates in pre-election surveys could still change on election day and so the challenge for him and Poe is to find a way to turn the tide in their favor in the last few days of the campaign.

Escudero said he is not questioning the validity of these surveys and, in fact, he is always looking at the ones that have him with the lowest ratings to serve as his guide for his next move.

“It is constantly spinning. Sometimes it’s fast and sometimes it’s slow. The challenge is how to get us from the bottom to the top by May 9,” Escudero said, likening survey results to a wheel.

With limited resources compared to their rivals, Escudero said he and Poe have been relying on hard work during the campaign to get the support of the electorate.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Poe’s spokesman, also said the presidential race is still a three-cornered fight.

“Clearly, Senator Poe, who is in a statistical tie with Sec. Roxas, is not yet out of the game and continues to pose a strong challenge to Mayor Duterte’s candidacy,” Gatchalian said.

“On top of the survey results, the warm reception she is getting everywhere she goes is another proof that in the end, she will prevail. We are confident that our message and the logistics we placed on the ground will carry her to ultimate victory,” he added.

Binay, for his part, said he no longer pays attention to popularity surveys. “I no longer look at surveys because it will only increase my doubts on these,” Binay told reporters in an interview in Isabela.

He expressed confidence he would win by a wide margin in the so-called “Solid North.”

Binay and UNA senatorial candidates yesterday campaigned in Isabela, his mother’s home province. He said among the presidential candidates, he is the only one from Northern Luzon. He said he won big in the region in 2010 despite the absence of support from many local officials. – With Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero, Marvin Sy, Delon Porcalla

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Roxas seeks unity dialogue with Poe By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 7, 2016 - 12:00am 1 52 googleplus0 0


Poe, however, thumbed down last night Roxas’ appeal to merge forces.

Grace not withdrawing from race

MANILA, Philippines - With just two days left before the May 9 elections, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II appealed yesterday to rival Sen. Grace Poe to “unite” with him against what he called a “looming dictatorship.”

The administration presidential candidate made the appeal as trash-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to top the latest pre-election survey, with a voter preference of 33 percent in the last BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations survey.

Poe, however, thumbed down last night Roxas’ appeal to merge forces. She said she will not betray the trust of her supporters who believe in her capacity to lead the country.

“Wala naman kasing dahilan para gawin yun (There’s no reason to do that),” she said.

The response of Duterte’s camp was swift. Senator and vice presidential bet Alan Peter Cayetano warned of a brewing “conspiracy between Sen. Grace Poe and administration bet Mar Roxas.”

Cayetano said that another part of the demolition job involved the airing over ABS-CBN of a negative political advertisement attacking him and Duterte. The political advertisement that featured children was paid for by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, according to Cayetano. He said that the advertisements cost between P20 million to P30 million to air.

Another part, according to Cayetano, involved the uploading on YouTube of another negative political advertisement against him and Duterte.

In a hastily called press conference at the LP headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City, Roxas said, “I call for unity. I call for decency. I call for democracy. I call for the rule of law. I call on Sen. Grace Poe. Grace, mag-usap tayo (let’s talk).

“I will adjust schedules to your convenience. Sabihin mo lang kung saan at kailan at darating ako (Tell me when and where and I will be there). This is for unity. This is for our country. This is for our future,” he said.

Roxas had just come from a gruelling campaign sortie in the Bicol region before issuing his statement.

He did not field questions from media, who wanted to ask him what was his concrete call for Poe, after the latest surveys showed her ratings declining.

Both Poe and Roxas are trailing Duterte with 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in the same poll.

Poe said it was pointless to back out of the race at this late stage.

“Para sa akin, medyo katraydoran din na bigla na lang kami-kami lang ang magdedesisyon (It would be a betrayal if all of a sudden we would just decide among ourselves),” she said.

She instead challenged Roxas to withdraw from the race and divert support to her bid. She said there was nothing more for them to talk about if he wished her to give up the fight for the presidency.

Roxas said that citizens of goodwill from all walks of life are worried as uncertainty and the specter of a dictatorship are looming over the country once again.

“They are concerned that damage is already being done to the country and our democracy,” he said.

Roxas, who worked as an investment banker in the US, noted that the peso has dropped, affecting everything from the price of oil, medicine, steel and other imported goods, while investors are putting all their plans on hold.

“After six years of the corrupt being on the run, we now face the possibility of a leader coming to power who cares nothing about honesty, integrity, transparency, responsibility or even just basic decency,” he said.

“I believe – and everyone will agree – that the future of the country and our countrymen is more important than the political career of any politician or candidate,” he said.

Earlier this week, Roxas described Duterte as a “threat to our democratic system and our way of life” for his ties with communist rebels, his flouting the rule of law and his threats to abolish institutions such as Congress.

The STAR earlier reported that Duterte’s rivals are meeting to stop him from bagging the presidency.

A source said that Poe had sent feelers to those running the campaign of Roxas to agree on a concerted effort to “expose Duterte as unfit to be the president.”

“We’re doing this for the sake of the country, which we don’t want to go to the dogs if Duterte wins,” the source said.

The source claimed that both sides have “mutually agreed” to open discussions on the matter, and the campaigners of Roxas are set to meet to discuss the proposal.

But the downside, the source said, was that Duterte might exploit the situation to portray himself as an underdog to gain sympathy and votes.

Anti-Duterte ad barred

Meanwhile, Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 69 Executive Judge Lorifel Lacap Pahimna issued a two-page temporary restraining order (TRO) that bars ABS-CBN from airing the political advertisement for 72 hours. The TRO was issued yesterday afternoon.

“A cursory viewing of the subject advertisements would allegedly show the intention to injure the reputation, credit and virtue of petitioner, his runningmate and their tandem, and expose them to public hatred, discredit, contempt and ridicule without giving them the right to reply. Since the last day of campaign is on May 7, 2016, it would thus be impossible to prepare, shoot and air an ad to counter these false and defamatory ads against them. Hence, the petitioner posited that these advertisements will allegedly undoubtedly cause irreparable damage and will work injustice to petitioner, his runningmate Mayor Duterte and the voting public,” the court’s order read.

The court also said that minors are being used in the ad. “Thus, it must be suppressed at once, as repeated broadcasting of the same will be irreparably inimical to the children’s welfare and interest.”

Named as respondents in the case are ABS-CBN executives Eugenio Lopez III, Augusto Almeda Lopez, Carlo Katigbak, Socorro Vidanes and August Benitez.

In its order, the court said that under Section 2, Article 8, of the 2007 Broadcast Code, no program or sponsor shall be allowed to manifestly favor or oppose a candidate.

“And thus, the court cannot allow minor children to be used in such black propaganda. Furthermore, there is no truth to the claim that petitioner’s right to reply will be denied considering that the election day is so close now,” the court order added.

The court scheduled the raffle of the case on May 16 at 2 p.m.

Cayetano said that despite the negative political advertisements, he and Duterte remain unfazed.

“In fact we are not worried or afraid of the ads,” he said.

“I am confirming to you that this is a conspiracy between the Palace, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, their supporters and some groups, and of course with the participation of people in the management of a network,” Cayetano added. – With Mike Frialde, Christina Mendez

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Grace on Mar’s appeal: Puwede naman akong i-text (philstar.com) | Updated May 7, 2016 - 1:32pm 8 379 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe questioned the announcement made by fellow presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II's through media, seeking for unity dialogue with her. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File photos

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Grace Poe was surprised at the appeal made by former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II Friday through media to have a talk “for unity” against a “looming dictatorship.”

In an interview with GMA's State of the Nation, Poe said that Roxas could have contacted her directly.

“Nagulat ako sapagkat magkaibigan naman kami ni Sec. Mar. Madali naman akong maabot, pwede naman akong tawagan, pwede akong i-text, dinaan niya sa media,” Poe said.

Roxas Friday invited Poe to a dialogue as tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to top the latest poll, with a voter preference of 33 percent in the last BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations survey.

READ: Mar Roxas appeals to Grace Poe: Let's talk

Both Poe and Roxas are trailing Duterte with 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in the same pre-election survey.

Poe said she is open to have a meeting with Roxas but maintained she will not betray the trust of her supporters who believe in her capacity to lead the country.

"Ako ay hindi susuko sa laban na ito, lalong-lalo na malakas ang aking kumpyansa na may tiwala naman sa atin ang ating mga kababayan. Pero pwede akong makipag-usap sa kanya (Roxas). Baka naman meron pa siyang mga ibang nais sabihin. Hinihintay ko lang naman ang tawag niya," Poe said.

"Noon pa man ako'y inimbitahan na maging bise nila, pero dahil hindi ako naniniwala sa estilo ng liderato, hindi naman ako, hindi ko bumigay. Ngayon pa kaya, na ako'y nag-iikot, na nakita ko ang kahirapan ng ating bansa, na marami nang talagang napapabayaan, ngayon pa ba ako susuko?" she added.

Poe will hold her last meeting de avance at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila Saturday, May 7, the last day of campaign period - Kristine Daguno-Bersamina


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Top VP: Leni overtakes Bongbong By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 5, 2016 - 12:00am 3 11 googleplus0 0


Support for LP bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo improved to 30 percent in the ABS-CBN-commissioned poll, up from 26 percent in the Pulse Asia’s April 19 to 24 survey that was also sponsored by the television network. lenirobredo.com

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo has gained more ground in the vice presidential race with the campaign now in the homestretch and the elections just around the corner, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Support for Robredo improved to 30 percent in the ABS-CBN commissioned poll, up from 26 percent in the Pulse Asia’s April 19 to 24 survey that was also sponsored by the television network.

The new Pulse Asia survey was conducted from April 26 to 29, using face-to-face interviews of 4,000 registered voters with biometrics. It has a margin of error of 1.5 percentage points.

Robredo, however, is statistically tied with Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who obtained 28 percent, down from 31 percent.

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes noted that the movement in the ratings of Robredo and Marcos was significant.

The ratings of Sens. Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano were unchanged at 18 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

Sens. Antonio Trillanes IV’s and Gringo Honasan II’s scores also did not move at three percent and two percent, respectively.

Marcos dominated the survey in the National Capital Region and Luzon with 42 percent and 33 percent voter preference, respectively.

Robredo led in the Visayas with 42 percent and shared statistical leads in Mindanao (28 percent) with Marcos (24 percent) and Cayetano (29 percent).

Robredo shared the statistical lead with Marcos across all social classes, Pulse Asia said.

Robredo obtained 32 percent in classes ABC, 30 percent in class D and 29 percent in class E.

Marcos, on the other hand, got 29 percent in classes ABC, 29 percent in D and 24 percent in E.

Around four percent of the respondents answered “don’t know, refused, undecided or none.”

Escudero was the alternative candidate for vice president should the respondents’ first choice not pursue his or her bid.

With the momentum on their side, LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas II sees victory for him and Robredo in the May 9 elections.

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“The momentum is now clearly with us. While our rivals’ standings have not move or declined, we’re moving up and this is a reflection of the continued trust and support of our countrymen and we thank them for that,” Roxas told reporters at the party headquarters in Quezon City.

“I know that many of you have just recently decided to vote for us, and we really appreciate and value your support for me and Leni,” he said.

He recalled that last year many thought that he and Robredo had no chance at all in the May elections. He said the changes in the poll standings were “a major development.”

He said many things could happen in the last five days before elections as he urged his supporters not to waver in their support for him and Robredo.

“This is the good fight. This is the fight of our lives. We will never give you a reason to regret supporting Leni and me,” Roxas said.

Roxas also said the Pulse Asia poll indicated the May elections are now down to a two-cornered fight between him and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“Many feel that it’ll be just Mayor Duterte and I who will slug it out. The people have seen that our campaign with Leni is the only one that is for clean, transparent and honest government,” Roxas said.

“The people have seen that in my over 20 years in public service, we’ve been clean, honest; and one who’s transparent compared to one who always talks dirty and engages in double-speak,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roxas said the problem posed by the Abu Sayyaf highlights the need to pursue the peace talks.

“This is the reason why we are pushing for peace. We want to have a progressive and peaceful Mindanao and to run after terrorists,” Roxas said.

“There is no room, there is no space for terrorists in our country,” he added.

Roxas urged the international community to reject the ransom demands of the bandits, noting that the money being demanded would be used to buy weapons and bullets. – With Paolo Romero, Alexis Romero

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Leni asks for solid Bicol vote By Celso Amo (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 7, 2016 - 12:00am 1 205 googleplus0 0


Robredo said her closest rival, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late strongman, has strong support from the so-called “solid north” or the Ilocos region, which has an estimated two million votes. Facebook.com/LeniRobredoPH

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Leni Robredo made a fervent appeal for a solid vote from fellow Bicolanos in her hometown here for her and LP presidential bet Mar Roxas three days before the elections.

Robredo said her closest rival, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late strongman, has strong support from the so-called “solid north” or the Ilocos region, which has an estimated two million votes.

She said last year her survey rating was only at one percent but she did not lose hope and continued to work hard for her campaign, despite knowing that many Bicolanos were afraid that she would not win.

The latest polls showed Robredo and Marcos in a statistical tie for the top spot.

“Why am I telling you these? Because I want to show you that four days before the elections, the fight is now just between two candidates, a Bicolano and an Ilocano, and many are worried and asking: ‘what now, there’s a solid north?’” Robredo told a large campaign rally in Plaza Quezon on Thursday night.

She said compared to the Ilocos region, the Bicol region has an estimated 3.4 million votes, “which means that if we’re united, we can easily beat the solid north.”

There are over 54 million registered voters, according to the Commission on Elections.

Some of Robredo’s other rivals also trace their roots to the Bicol region. Sen. Francis Escudero and Sen. Gregorio Honasan hail from Sorsogon while Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ father grew up in Albay.

She said the latest surveys showed that her ratings in the Visayas are nearing 50 percent as the region is Roxas’ bailiwick.

“Why am I No. 1 in the Visayas? It’s because of Mar Roxas. I rely on him for me to be No. 1 in the Visayas. If Mar Roxas can do that for me, we can make Mar Roxas No. 1 in Bicol,” she said.

Robredo said her call for a solid Bicolano vote for her and Roxas was not to repay him but to ensure that she can perform her duties are vice president well.

Roxas also made a similar plea during the rally for Bicolanos to help them.

“We’ve already adopted Leni in the Visayas. Please convince your friends, neighbors and relatives not only here in Camarines Sur but in the entire Bicol. Her closest rival (Marcos) has Ilocos all to himself,” Roxas said.

“But don’t forget me,” he said.

Meanwhile, supporters and different sectors, led by Sumilao farmers and urban poor groups, flocked to the Quezon Memorial Circle yesterday to send off Robredo, hoping and praying for her victory in Monday’s polls.

Around 10,000 supporters and volunteers attended the gathering dubbed “Send Off to the Vice Presidency.”

During the gathering, different sectors endorsed Robredo and declared her as vice president of the people.

They also gave inspiring words that Robredo can find solace in as election day nears.

Before this, Robredo and the Sumilao farmers were reunited at the University of the Philippines.

She had provided free legal aid to the farmers as they fought for the rights to their land in Bukidnon in 2007.

With her help, the farmers got around 200 hectares, more than what they were seeking.

As way of thanking her, the Sumilao farmers marched anew from Bukidnon to Manila as means to help her campaign.

After the reunion, Robredo, the Sumilao farmers and members of different sectors marched to Quezon Memorial Circle.


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Old-timers dominate senatorial survey By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 5, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines – Old-timers continued to dominate the senatorial race based on the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN.

In the so-called Magic 12 were Senate President Franklin Drilon, Sen. Vicente Sotto III, former senators Francis Pangilinan, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva, Sen. Serge Osmeña III, former senator Richard Gordon, former justice secretary Leila de Lima, Sen. Ralph Recto and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian.

The survey was conducted from April 26 to 29, using face-to-face interviews of 4,000 validated voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

According to Pulse Asia, the same names were present in the previous survey, although there were changes in ranking.

The April 19 to 24 survey ranked the senatorial candidates in this order: Sotto, Drilon, Pangilinan, Lacson, Pacquiao, Zubiri, Hontiveros, De Lima, Osmeña, Villanueva, Gordon, Recto and Gatchalian.

If elected, only Pacquiao, Hontiveros, Villanueva, De Lima and Gatchalian would be the first timers in the Senate. Of the five, only De Lima has no prior experience as a legislator.

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TIME TO SWITCH TO MAR, POE SUPPORTERS TOLD May 06, 2016 BY WENDELL VIGILIA AND JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR

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T’S now time for supporters of Sen. Grace Poe to jump ship and back administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II who believes that the presidential race is now a one-on-one fight between him and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The unsolicited advice came from Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez, spokesman for the “Daang Matuwid” coalition.

“As seen in numerous other surveys, he (Roxas) has overtaken Senator (Grace) Poe. This is now a two-cornered fight between Mar and Mayor Duterte. To Senator Poe’s supporters, it’s time to shift to Mar,” said Gutierrez.

Roxas’ declaration of a two-way contest sparked rumors Poe would bow out of the race.

“To those who are saying that I should give way, what gives you the right to say that our choices should only be limited to two candidates?” said Poe.

“I’m not a member of a syndicate who enters into dealings. I will not sell out. I will not sell the dreams of our countrymen,” she added.

The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Duterte still leading, with a 33 percent rating. Roxas was in second place at 22 percent, tied with Sen. Grace Poe who had 21 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay remained in fourth place with 17 percent followed by Sen. Miriam Santiago, 2 percent.

Roxas said his rise in surveys is obvious because even local politicians from Sorsogon, where Poe’s running mate Sen. Francis Escudero hails, have declared their support for him.

He named Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee and gubernatorial bet Robert Lee Rodriguez as among his many supporters in the province.

“Their mayors, all of the leaders of Sorsogon have thrown their support for Mar Roxas,” the former interior secretary told reporters while campaigning in Legazpi City.

Bicol is the bailiwick of Roxas’ running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo who is from Naga City.

Roxas said the shifting of support for him has become a trend, noting that in Ilocos Norte alone, 23 of 24 mayors led by Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas are supporting his bid.

Ilocos Norte is the home province of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Robredo’s closest rival.

Roxas brushed aside the claim of Poe’s camp that the elections will be a one-on-one race between Poe and Duterte.

“That’s what they wanted to happen but I’ve already overtaken her (Poe),” he said. “They (Poe-Escudero) are going down if you look at all the surveys. When they were on top, they could not say anything but when they went down, they’re disputing it.”

‘COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP’

Roxas urged the public to determine if they want to expose the country to a possible communist dictatorship under a Duterte presidency.

“Mayor’s Duterte’s link to the Communist Party of the Philippines is very clear. Do we want communism? Do we want a God-less government? Do we want a system where you cannot own the fruits of your labor, your hard work?” he said.

Roxas cited Duterte’s recorded conversation with CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison which was uploaded on YouTube.

Duterte is reportedly planning to appoint Sison as his chief political adviser on top of three Cabinet posts that will be given to the CPP.

“Mayor Duterte himself has said we should just pay the NPA (New People’s Army) revolutionary taxes which the NPA impose on our innocent citizens? That’s what funds their ammunitions, bombs which kill our policemen and our soldiers,” he said.

DICTATORIAL TENDENCY

President Aquino campaigned for Roxas and Robredo in Ligao City in Albay and in Calabanga in Naga City, Camarines Sur, urging voters to choose only those who would truly promote and protect the interest and welfare of the Filipinos.

Aquino said voters should not be swayed by who is popular or leading in surveys like Duterte who, he said, showed a dictatorial tendency after he threatened to abolish Congress if an impeachment case is filed against him.

The President also asked voters to consider the condition of the country in 2010, what had been accomplished in the last six years, and the situation of the country now that he is about to step down from office.

“Magtulungan tayo. Huwag tayong mag-inggitan. Huwag tayong magsiraan, huwag tayong mag-intriga kaliwa’t kanan para talagang mapaganda ng mapaganda itong ating mga komunidad,” he added as he thanked the public for their support in the last six years, which he hopes to be translated to votes for administration candidates on May 9. – With Reuters


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Mar: We will be victorious (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 7, 2016 - 12:00am 7 2274 googleplus0 0

 

“Malalagpasan natin siya (We will overtake him),” Roxas said. The STAR/Joey Viduya

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, Philippines – “We will be victorious in the May 9 elections.”

Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel Roxas II expressed confidence he can beat presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, warning that the Davao City mayor would pave the way for the return of dictatorship in the country.

“Malalagpasan natin siya (We will overtake him),” Roxas said.

Roxas issued the statement even as the latest surveys of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations showed Duterte ahead of the field by around 11 percentage points, which is estimated to be equivalent to four million votes.

In the vice presidential race, Roxas’ runningmate Leni Robredo is faring better, with the latest polls putting her on top and slightly ahead of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late dictator.

“In a few days, we’re going to cast our votes. We’re going to make a crucial decision because we’re not deciding on candidates – we’re deciding on our future and the future of our children,” Roxas told a campaign rally here.

“I know that with your help and your support, we will be victorious in the May 9 elections,” he added.

He said he sees the elections on Monday as a two-cornered fight between him and Duterte for the presidency, and between Robredo and Marcos in the vice presidential race.

“Roxas-Robredo for democracy and for clean and transparent government, or Duterte-Marcos for the return of martial law and for the return of violence. That’s the choice our countrymen are faced with on Monday,” Roxas said.

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“I have faith that our countrymen will make the wise choice for a clean government,” he added. “I can look at you straight in the eye, Leni and I won’t let you down. This is the good fight.”

Roxas noted that last year, many thought that he and Robredo would not have any chance at all in winning the elections. But as people began to scrutinize the character of their rivals, they realized the tandem can secure their future and those of their children.

“Our programs are clear and simple because they are focused on you and your children’s security, health and prosperity,” he added.

He urged his supporters to “campaign for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo with your neighbors, family and friends because we need to catch up with some percentages (in the surveys).”

He cited the great strides under the administration that must be continued and expanded such as the conditional cash transfer program, the infrastructure projects and expansion of health insurance.

Roxas and Robredo made their last provincial sorties on Wednesday and Thursday in the Bicol region, particularly in Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay and Camarines Sur.

President Aquino joined the campaign and asked Filipinos to vote for Roxas and Robredo, both of whom have long track records of public service that have not been tarnished by any corruption issue.

Aquino: Voting Mar, Leni secures future

Aquino called on Bicolanos to vote Roxas and Robredo to ensure the continuity of the programs and gains started by his administration.

In a speech during LP’s rally in Ligao City, Albay province on Thursday afternoon, the President cited the administration’s reform programs that helped improve the lives of people across the country.

Aquino cited the province’s allocation of P21.8 billion for infrastructure projects, which include the Yawa Bridge widening, the newly installed Tibu Pumping Station, farm-to-market roads, 2,577 new classrooms and the electrification of 39 sitios.

He also cited the 96 million members of PhilHealth, of which 1.8 million are from Albay. More than 77,000 households in Bicol are also among the 4.6 million beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the national government.

“Let us try to understand it. How did we accomplish all of these things? The reason is careful spending of public funds and economic growth,” Aquino said.

He reminded voters to consider the gains of good governance when they cast their ballots on May 9.

“It is not enough to vote for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo. We need to campaign for them to ensure that we would be the majority who would decide what would be our future,” the President added.

Albay Vice Gov. Harold Imperial, Albay 3rd district Rep. Fernando Gonzalez and Ligao City Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua were present during the LP rally. - Paolo, Romero Alexis Romero, Delon Porcalla, Prinz Magtulis

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The best is yet to come,’ Roxas says in final campaign speech Published May 8, 2016 3:25am By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News\\n

“The best is yet to come” was administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s promise to the estimated crowd of 75,000 that had gathered at the Quezon Memorial Circle for the Liberal Party’s (LP) miting de avance Saturday night.

Roxas said that electing him president would mean supporting another six years of honest and clean government, much like what the Aquino administration has started.

“Alam n’yo, itong nakaraang anim na taon, pundasyon pa lang ito. Kung magpatuloy po tayo--anim na taon pa ng tapat, ng malinis, ng maayos na pamamahala. Mas malayo pa ang mararating natin, at totoo, the best is yet to come,” Roxas said.

“This is the good fight. This is the fight of our lives. This is the fight that defines us as a generation. This is the fight that brings us to a better future,” he added.

Roxas ran his 90-day presidential campaign on a promise of continuity. He kicked off his bid for the presidency in Capiz, his hometown, where he also served as congressman.

Saturday's miting de avance was held in Quezon City, where most of the incumbent officials are his political allies. Roxas is also a resident of Cubao, the same commercial area where the LP headquarters is located.

Roxas also thanked the so-called “Silent Majority” - his supporters who feared the alternative leadership offered by his opponents.

“Nakikita natin, kabastusan, kawalang-takot sa Diyos, walang plano, pang-iinsulto, puro soundbite lang, komunismo, marahas na kamay, wala na ang rule of law,” he said in reference to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the frontrunner in pre-election surveys.

“Ang ating mga katunggali, gusto nila na makalimutan natin ‘yung ating mga napagtagumpayan na. Gusto nilang makalimutan natin kung sino tayo bilang mga Pilipino," Roxas said.

"Gusto nila na mag-U-turn tayo, bumalik tayo sa zero. Susunugin nila, sisirain nila lahat ng mga pinaghirapan natin nitong nakaraang anim na taon na ito,” he added.

Leni ready

Meanwhile, Roxas’ running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said she was ready to be the “mother” of the Filipino nation.

“Three and a half years ago, nanay lang ako ng aking tatlong anak. Ngayong gabi po, handa na ako maging nanay ng ating inang bayan,” Robredo said.

Robredo is in a tight race with the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., for the vice presidency.

Among those present in the LP miting de avance were Roxas and Robredo’s families and friends, and several Cabinet members.

Performers Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Maricel Soriano, and Gary Valenciano were also present during the event to entertain the crowd, who were mostly dressed in the yellow LP color.

A fireworks display capped the night after the Roxas-Robredo tandem and LP stalwarts, including President Benigno Aquino III, sang the national anthem onstage. — DVM, GMA News


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‘Batang Cubao’ Roxas campaigns for last time in 2nd hometown By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 07:57 PM May 7th, 2016


Panoramic view of Roxas-Robredo's miting de avance at QC Memorial Circle

Panoramic view of the crowd at Quezon Memorial Circle for the miting de avance of Liberal Party candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo on Saturday

Thousands of people from all walks of life flocked to Quezon Memorial Circle on Saturday to express support for Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo.

Yellow-wearing supporters gathered as Roxas, Robredo and LP’s senatorial candidates held a miting de avance on the last day of campaign before the elections on Monday.

Roxas, although a native of Capiz, has been a longtime resident of Cubao, Quezon City.

“Batang QC si Mar, batang Cubao (Mar is a kid from QC, from Cubao). (Quezon City) is his second hometown,” said Daang Matuwid coalition spokesperson and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez.

“This is also one of our strongest bases of support, the city of Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Quezon City Representatives Kit Belmonte, Alfred Vargas, Bolet Banal, Winnie Castelo, and Boy Calalay.”

Members of the crowd, including some from the religious sector, were seen carrying placards bearing the words “Roxas Robredo Panalo! (Roxas Robredo Win!)” at the gathering.

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As the audience waited for Roxas’ and Robredo’s arrival, senatorial hopefuls Ina Ambolodto, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, Mark Lapid and reelectionist Teofisto Guingona took turns in giving their last campaign speeches.

President Benigno Aquino III is also set to give a speech during the program.

Former Justice Secretary De Lima in her speech slammed presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, saying his iron-fist style of leadership did not have a place in this democratic country.

“Tayo ay mga disenteng Pilipino. Walang lugar dito para sa mga berdugo. Huwag nating payagan na bumalik tayo sa kadiliman at sa diktaturya 0We are decent Filipinos. There is no room here for killers. Let’s not allow ourselves to be brought back to darkness and dictatorship),” she said as the crowd cheered.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista welcomed his constituents as well as supporters from other cities and pitched for Roxas and Robredo, who he said were the “most deserving” to become president and vice president.

He also took a swipe at the opponents of Roxas—the “hotheaded” Duterte, “inexperienced” Sen. Grace Poe, and “corrupt” Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“Hindi pwedeng leader ka pero mainit ulo mo, pero kapos karanasan mo, pero may bahid ang iyong pagkatao. Kailangan kung ikaw ay pangulo ikaw ay may integridad (You can’t be a leader but you’re hot-headed, or you lack experience, or your name is tarnished. If you are the president you should have integrity),” said Bautista.

Among the celebrities present were “diamond star” Maricel Soriano, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, singers Noel Cabangon, Frenchie Dy and Jett Pangan, and standup comedians MC and Lassie. There will be performances from several acts before the program ends.

Soriano, in a brief message, said this was her first time to endorse a politician and she made sure the first candidate she would support would not fail her and the Filipinos.

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Poe ends presidential campaign at Plaza Miranda Published May 7, 2016 6:16pm By XIANNE ARCANGEL, GMA News

After three months of going around the country, Senator Grace Poe returned to Plaza Miranda Saturday afternoon to end her presidential campaign.

Poe's miting de avance kicked off a little past 5 p.m. with Bayang Barrios, a children's choir and a band singing "Bagong Umaga." The bells of Quiapo Church were pealing in the background as the performance was ongoing.

The senator arrived at the venue with her husband, Neil Llamanzares and running mate Senator Francis Escudero, who came with his wife Heart Evangelista.

Poe's mother, Susan Roces, also attended the event to show support for her daughter.

In an interview in Pangasinan Friday, Poe said she wants to end her campaign at the same place where she started it because of the special place Quiapo Church holds in her heart.

"Kahit ‘nung (tumakbo ako as) senator, doon, tapos palagi akong nasa Quiapo Church. Marami ngang nagsasabi ‘naku, baka hindi tayo magkasya lahat doon,’ pero simboliko ‘yon e para sa akin. Hindi lang ito parang pagtitipon ng miting de avance. Ito ay para sa atin din mensahe na ang ginagawa natin para sa tao at naaayon sa gusto rin ng Diyos," she said. —ALG, GMA News


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