The Manila Times : Marcos supporters told: Don't be complacent

19 March 2022

By The Manila Times

THE campaign of presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has reminded his supporters not to be lulled into complacency by his formidable lead in pre-election surveys.

Victor Rodriguez, Marcos' spokesman, issued the reminder after Marcos and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio maintained their leads in the latest survey of Publicus Asia.

Rodriguez said Publicus' March survey result "is very humbling and inspires us to work even harder."

"The consistent upward trajectory of Bongbong Marcos is a remarkable proof that an overwhelming number of Filipinos have embraced his message of unity, the call to look into the future, work towards nation-building and meet the collective aspirations of our people and once again occupy our rightful place as Filipinos in the community of nations," Rodriguez said.

"As we express our deep appreciation to the trust earned from the majority of our people, we call on our supporters not to be complacent until every vote is cast and every ballot accounted for on election day," he added.

In the Publicus survey, Marcos was the choice of 55.1 percent of respondents, an increase of 2.8 percent from the February poll.

He posted a 34.1 percent lead over his closest rival, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo.

Robredo was followed by Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (8.2 percent), Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (4.2 percent), Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao (1.8 percent), labor leader Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman (0.7 percent), former presidential spokesman Ernesto "Ernie" Abella (0.5 percent) and former Defense chief Norberto Gonzales (0.3 percent).

In the same survey, Duterte-Carpio had a 56.5 percent rating, up by 3 percent from the February survey.

She posted a wider lead — 43.7 percent — over her closest opponent Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, who had 12.8 percent.

Dr. Willie Ong had 10.6 percent, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd 9.9 percent, former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello 0.9 percent and Buhay party-list Rep. Jose "Lito" Atienza 0.7 percent.

On Thursday, Duterte-Carpio formally bid farewell as mayor of Davao City.

During her speech at the virtual Valedictory and State of the City Address, she said she has been called to face the bigger challenge to win the vice presidency.

"Allow me to formally — and with a heavy heart — say farewell. Tuguti ko ninyo nga manamilit kaninyo. Nga mananghid kaninyo (Allow me to say farewell and ask your permission)," Duterte-Carpio said.

She described the vice-presidential race as a challenge that allows her to spread her wings wider, "soar higher, and reach new heights."

"My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all the Dabawenyos. Your patience in letting me grow from a shy neophyte in 2007 to a confident leader today is a gift, not all public servants are lucky enough to receive. You gave me wings and you taught me how to fly. Your love made me who I am today," Duterte-Carpio said.

In related campaign news, six former education secretaries, as well as at least 90 former officials, workers, and teachers, have announced their support for Robredo and her running mate Pangilinan.

"Both bring solid experience and a grounded understanding of the education sector, its challenges, and what needs to be done," the group said in a statement.

"A vote for them on May 9, 2022, goes beyond electing sincere, genuine and competent leaders. A vote for them is a vote for quality education for all Filipino learners," they said.

Former Education secretaries Edilberto de Jesus, Fe Hidalgo, Mona Valisno, Jesli Lapus, Florencio Abad, and Bro. Armin Luistro FSC, together with officials, employees and teachers, signed the statement.

"We need leaders who will advocate lifelong learning for all Filipinos, understand the value of education in every person's life and as the foundation of our country's development and growth, use their clear and in-depth understanding of the education sector and of pervading systemic issues to chart the right priorities and evidence-based programs that will have a sustained positive impact on teaching and learning," the group said.

They said the nation's leaders need to "seek measures to promote and secure the welfare of teachers and all education workers, strengthen the largest government bureaucracy with honest and effective governance and learning delivery that will bring the government even closer to the margins where its presence is most needed."