• LP camp eyes undecided vote

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    The camp of Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd is expecting undecided voters to eventually go for Roxas in the May 2016 elections.

    LP-led administration coalition spokesman Ibarra Gutierrez made the prediction after Friday’s Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN showed Roxas stuck in fourth place with 19 percent.

    The administration standard-bearer was trailing behind Vice President Jejomar Binay (23 percent), Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (24 percent) and Sen. Grace Poe (28 percent).

    “Isa lang ang malinaw sa huling survey ng Pulse/ABS: Patuloy pa ring nag-iisip ang ating mga kababayan at dikit pa rin ang laban. Habang tumatagal, mas lalong nadidinig ang mensahe ng pagpapatuloy ng pag-unlad na dala ni Mar Roxas [One thing is clear in the latest survey of Pulse/Asia: There are voters who are yet to decide and we are in the thick of the fight. As election day nears, Mar Roxas’ message of continuing the policies that brought progress to our country will be even more resounding],” Gutierrez said in a statement.

    In the Pulse Asia survey, four percent of the 4,000 people surveyed were still undecided.

    There are only 39 days left in the campaign period, which started February 9.

    “For the last 39 days, our message will stand out amid the malicious attacks of our rivals,” Gutierrez said.

    “In the end, the truth will emerge. We are confident that the support for Mar and Leni will be stronger and that they will top the most important survey: the May 9 polls,” he added.

    Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is the running mate of Roxas.

    Before the Pulse Asia survey results were released, Roxas had dismissed Duterte’s boast that he can rid the Philippines of the drug menace in six months.

    “Mayor Duterte keeps on boasting that he will wipe out the criminals but he has been a mayor for 20 years and yet government records would show that Davao City remains infested with illegal drugs,” he said.

    “Given such record, how could he say that he can eradicate the crime across the country in six months?” Roxas added.

     LLANESCA T. PANTI

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