UPDATE Optimistic Roxas casts ballot in hometown 

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ROXAS CITY, Capiz: Administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II cast his vote here in his hometown in central Philippines today in high spirits.

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He voted at the Rufina Andrada Memorial School, in Brgy. Baybay. But before filling out his ballot, Roxas planted a kiss on his wife, former broadcaster Korina Sanchez, for good luck.

“This is where my public service career started, and so I am grateful for the very warm support of my provincemates. I am confident of winning,” Roxas, who was mobbed by supporters here, said in Filipino.

“I’m very serene, I’m very optimistic. I am at peace. I gave everything I had and I fought for my principles. Everybody has seen my character and I presented my platforms well. I believe that in the end, the one who is deserving will win,” Roxas added.

Before proceeding to his precinct, Roxas had breakfast at the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center, at around 8 a.m. with Sanchez. They ate fish tinola and boiled rice, a signature Capiz dish.

They were joined by Roxas’ mother, Judy Araneta, and his son Paolo—who had already done voting in separate precincts in the city before they sat down for breakfast.

From the precinct, the LP standard-bearer had some downtime with his family in a hostel near the Roxas City Plaza, where they had coffee and snacks.

The Roxas family then proceeded to their ancestral home in the city for lunch before boarding a plane back to Manila.

Korina, who will cast her vote in Cubao, Quezon City, this afternoon, said she would miss being on the campaign trail. “This fight has been exciting, and we believe that the good candidate will prevail,” stressed.

In the last two surveys, Roxas showed improved ratings but had never ranked first.

The Pulse Asia survey ranked him second with 22 percent, way behind frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s 33 percent.

The Social Weather Stations survey, on the other hand, ranked him third with 20 percent—behind neophyte Sen. Grace Poe, who garnered 22 percent and Duterte with 33 percent. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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