JORDAN, Guimaras: The presidential race is not over until the fat lady sings as far as Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd is concerned.
After a campaign rally here, Roxas on Thursday likened Cebu City Rep. Ace Durano to a heat stroke patient for saying that the 2016 presidential polls are only a two-way race between Sen. Grace Poe and flamboyant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in light of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) mobile survey showing Poe significantly ahead of her rivals with 34 percent.
In the SWS survey, Duterte settled for second place with 31 percent, with Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay sharing third spot with 17 percent each.
“Congressman Durano is a spokesman for Grace Poe. Maybe he suffered a heat stroke, given the way he sees the voters and analyzes the flow of the surveys and politics in our country. In the end, I know that the one who is honest, experienced, ready and has concrete plans and how to do them rather than giving general statements will prevail,” Roxas told reporters.
“The decisive vote will only come on May 9 because coming to the voting booth, our people would think long and hard to whom they are placing their bet with their future at stake,” he said.
Roxas is yet to land in the top two of pre-election surveys conducted by SWS and Pulse Asia.
Recent surveys have shown that at least four percent of 4,000 respondents are undecided on who to vote for President, and Roxas expressed confidence that he will eventually secure the undecided vote and pip his rivals.
“I have never forsaken our people… never abused my authority. I have never been involved in anomalies. I have the experience and the competence. When the right time comes, people will realize that the elections are not like a basketball game where there is an exchange of attacks and heckling. This is about their future,” he said.
“I am confident that I will get the support not only of the undecided ones, but also those people who would realize that they will waste their vote if they vote for others,” Roxas added.
In the 2010 polls, he topped all pre-election surveys in the vice presidential contest but he lost by 700,000 votes to then Makati City (Metro Manila) Mayor Binay.
LP-led administration coalition spokesman Ibarra Gutierrez has chided Poe’s camp , saying those who celebrate too early are bound to fail–a lesson evident in movies starring Poe’s late father and National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr. or FPJ.
“It seems like Senator Poe did not watch FPJ’s movies. Those who watch his movies know that the most powerful punch is always thrown at the end,” Gutierrez added in a statement.
“Only villains laugh at the beginning. The decent hero always prevails in the end,” he said.