THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) warned other presidential candidates against celebrating this early as it expressed confidence that its standard-bearer, Vice President Jejomar Binay, will be the winner in the presidential derby.
“History will indeed repeat itself. [These elections] will be won on the ground on Election Day. Let us all vote early with our family and friends,” Binay’s spokesman on political affairs Rico Quicho said in a statement issued on Thursday.
UNA recalled that Binay won the vice presidential race in 2010 after trailing in pre-election surveys.
“To the other candidates: Do not celebrate yet, good things are about to happen, Binay is coming,” Quicho said.
He added that the race will be tight and that surveys do not capture the “intense” ground campaigning by Binay’s core supporters and parallel groups nationwide.
“These efforts have intensified after April 29, which was the last day of the surveys. The final visibility push this week via motorcades, house-to- house campaign and sectoral events like the Indigenous People’s Summit for Binay in Cagayan de Oro City [Misamis Oriental] last Tuesday show the winning path for the Vice President,” Quicho said.
“Vice President Binay’s determination and composure energizes our ground troops who are pounding the streets and knocking on doors as we speak,” he noted.
Binay and UNA’s other candidates held motorcades during the past week as they took their campaign to Bataan, Ilocos Norte, Antique, Capiz, Aklan and Isabela.
On Thursday, they again held a motorcade in Cavite — the country’s second vote-rich province with 1.8 million registered voters — passing through Dasmariñas, General Trias, Rosario and Noveleta.
Binay barnstormed several areas in Cavite province in February.
UNA President Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco said Binay “is determined to recapture the spirit of collective activism, and will continue to fight on behalf of the Filipino people for social justice and respect for human rights.”
“The commissioned surveys do not diminish the Vice President’s commitment to bring genuine change and lasting comfort to our people,” he added.
“There will be incalculable twists and turns between now and on Election Day. We know that there is no easy path to victory, but the ground game will spell the difference.”
Binay vowed that if he is elected, his presidency will provide health care for all, improve government services, provide jobs for the poor and fix the Metro Rail Transit 3 as well as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.