Philippines: Marcos alleges admin’s ‘Plan B’ on poll cheating

(From agencies)

Philippine Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday revealed a reported “Plan B” of the administration to cheat in the upcoming May 9 national elections, reports.

Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr.

Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr.

Marcos said the administration has given up on its presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to win and is relying on vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo to keep them in power.

Pipilitin nilang maging vice si Robredo pagkatapos kung manalo si [Davao City Mayor Rodrigo] Duterte, he will be impeached o basta tanggalin sa pwesto para LP pa rin ang pangulo (They will ensure that Robredo wins the vice presidency and if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins, he will be impeached or will be removed from the post so that an LP [member] assumes the presidency),” Marcos said.

Marcos questioned the latest results of commercial surveys where he is in statistical tie with Robredo, and said it was an obvious attempt to condition the minds of the people.

Marcos got 29% while Robredo got 28% in the survey conducted from May 1 to May 3.

The final Social Weather Station (SWS) survey results were published on BusinessWorld website late Thursday and conducted through face-to-face interviews with 4,500 validated voters nationwide with a sampling error margin of ± 1 point.

Huge lead for Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine presidential favourite Rodrigo Duterte kept a huge lead going into the final days of the election campaign, AFP reports.

Duterte has an 11-percentage-point lead over his nearest rival, Senator Grace Poe, SWS said, equal to recent polls conducted before the accusations he had amassed a secret fortune.

Duterte denies those allegations.

Duterte has 33% support, with Poe at 22% and administration pick Roxas at 20%.

In the Philippines, a president is elected simply by who gets the most votes.

Duterte has gained support across all sectors of society by fashioning himself as an anti-establishment politician who can achieve quick fixes to deep-rooted problems such as crime and poverty.

His campaign manager, Leoncio Evasco, accused critics on Friday of scare-mongering, and described the election as a “war of the classes”.

“All the innuendos, attacks, and mud thrown at us and our candidate, are acts of desperation, of panic and of cowardice,” Evasco said. “The fear they are hoisting is to camouflage their own fear of losing power over us.”

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