LIBERAL Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd has dared possible turncoats to come clean now that the Supreme Court has allowed Sen. Grace Poe to run for President in the May 2016 polls.
Roxas, who still trails Poe by seven percentage points in the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Wednesday (19 percent to 26 percent), made the challenge when asked if he is expecting to lose allies to the more popular Poe.
“To those who seek to jump ship, thank you very much. It is better that they jump ship out in the open, rather than hide in the shadows only to stab my back,” the former Interior secretary told reporters.
“What is meant to happen will happen, so it is better that they tell it to me straight [now],” Roxas said.
Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela, also Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) president, earlier said a Poe victory in the Supreme Court will virtually finish the race for President, with the senator emerging as the winner.
Roxas, however, is not splitting his hair over possible turncoatism, a fixture in Philippine politics.
“That’s speculation. Let’s just wait if there will really be turncoats. How do you respond to speculation? Nameless. Like who? I’d like to focus on presenting my programs of government,” he said.
During the 2010 polls, then-Lakas stalwart and Albay Gov. Joey Salceda campaigned for then-administration candidate and ex-Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro.
At the last minute, however, Salceda threw his support behind race frontrunner and then-Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd.