The campaign of Vice President Leni Robredo has reportedly begun to sputter as some of her staunchest supporters are dismayed by her poor showing in recent voter preference surveys.
Former Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao claimed Wednesday (December 15) that erstwhile Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario has “vanished” from Robredo’s side after getting wind of the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey last October, which showed Robredo with a voter preference rating of 18 percent. Presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. led the race with 47 percent.
1Sambayan, the group backed by Aquino-era government officials, is also reportedly frozen in its tracks, while Rappler founder and chief executive officer Maria Ressa supposedly won’t pitch in for Robredo’s campaign.
“That nutty group who first endorsed Robredo as its candidate, 1Sambayan, can’t even meet as no one is willing to pick up the bill for the lunch. Sources claimed that Robredo frowned her frown when she was told that Maria Ressa declined her plea to contribute to her campaign funds from her P25-million Nobel cash prize,” Tiglao said.
A poll from the Laylo Associates conducted in November showed Robredo trailing behind Marcos even in Bicol, her bailiwick, and Western Visayas, which is known to be the Liberal Party’s turf.