MANILA — It’s all over but the shouting.
With barely a little over a month to go before the actual voting and presidential front-runner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. comfortably ahead in all reputable surveys, it has now come down to a two-way battle for second place between Leni Robredo and Francisco Moreno Domagoso.
The latest result of the Pulse Asia Research survey shows Robredo garnering 15% against Moreno’s 10%. Barring any major catastrophe, Marcos would be a runaway winner in the May 9 elections and the two wannabees will be settling for second place.
Too bad, there is no seat reserved for second best.
To make matters worse, Marcos had consistently dominated the numbers game in all survey firms – SWS, Pulse Asia, Laylo, MB-Tangere, Octa Research, Publicus, Kalye Survey, DZRH, and DZXL-RMN-APCORE, among others since last year.
Robredo and Moreno, on the other hand, are stuck with their effete rhetoric in a lame attempt to persuade whoever is still undecided up to this point.
But the two protagonists are not without their skeletons in their respective closets.
No less than President Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed that Robredo and her clique have agreed to coalesce with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), which has turned off potential voters and her financiers.
Robredo’s coalition government with the Reds dubbed LeniNPA has scared even her very own supporters and financiers that they are now queueing to the nearest exit.
Moreno, on the other hand, has put up an anti-corruption stance but he is still haunted by the plunder case that was slapped on him in 2014 for allegedly pocketing about P77 million worth of real property tax collected from various barangays in the city.
Talk about “fighting corruption.”
In Court, there is a clean hands doctrine that says, “he must come into court with clean hands, and keep them clean, or he will be denied relief, regardless of the merits of his claim.”
And who could forget the charges that were filed on him in 2012 because of his hundreds of “ghost employees” that were exposed by no less than then-city mayor Alfredo Lim.
And this does not include Moreno’s reported daily “collection scheme” in Divisoria that earns him millions of pesos.
“They (Robredo and Moreno) are going to have a hard time explaining their issues to the people. They have pounced and attacked BBM with their filthy brand of politics in an effort to gain mileage but these backfired and only isolated them in the eyes of the voters. The Filipino voters have matured. They can see what is genuine from the surface and what is fake from the sound of their narratives,” said a political analyst.
Meanwhile, Marcos, armed with his unifying message and solid political and economic platform, has consistently lorded it over in all social classes and age brackets in at least 11 out of the 13 regions in practically all the surveys. (ai/mtvn)