Pacman unfazed by poor showing in Pulse Asia survey

Pacman unfazed by poor showing in Pulse Asia survey

Incumbent senator Manny Pacquiao waves to a crowd of his supporters in one of his campaign sorties. (Photo supplied)

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — PROMDI standard-bearer Sen. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao downplayed the latest results of a survey by Pulse Asia where he slid down to fourth behind third-running Manila mayor Isko Moreno who surprisingly edged the People’s Champ out by two points.
In a statement, Pacquiao disclosed that he is not bothered with the surveys because his attention is currently focused on how his message can reach Filipinos belonging to the D and E strata of society, which he described as the mass base of voters compared to the upper part of Philippine Society.

Since he started campaigning, the eight-division world boxing champion had concentrated on reaching out to the masses, which include the marginalized and underprivileged as well as the low-income bracket that needed his attention as the government had been significantly remiss, he opined, in empathizing with the poor.

Reacting to his poor showing in the Pulse Asia survey, Pacquiao recalled that weeks before the 2010 vice presidential polls, then-candidate Jejomar Binay trailed behind survey leader Sen. Mar Roxas by a huge margin.

However, Binay, who is currently running for senator with the boxing icon, later on, succeeded in reaching out to the poorer sectors of society and this paid well with a win over Roxas.

“Hindi ako nakatingin sa survey ngayon. Ang focus ko ay iyong mga taong maaabot ko, iyong mga mahihirap. Iyong nasa D-E class,” Pacquiao pointed out.

The erstwhile ‘poor boy’ from Sarangani acknowledged the significance of doubling efforts in his attempt to deliver his message of hope and better life to ordinary Filipinos, especially the poor.

“Ang laban ni Manny Pacquiao ay hindi laban para sa sarili ko kundi laban ng sambayanang Filipino—iyong nahihirapan sa buhay at walang opportunity na umasenso. Ang Manny Pacquiao na nanggaling sa mahirap, ito ay nakikipaglaban upang magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga naghihirap na pamilya,” he stressed.

Pacquiao also noted that compared to the 3,000 respondents in the survey, there are 67 million voters with varied views about politics, thus, predicting the outcome of the elections with accuracy is nearly impossible.

In the remaining 30 days of the campaign period, the Pacquiao team will barnstorm key areas in Mindanao and the Visayas, with rural folks and the D and E classes as main targets. (ai/mtvn)

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