MANILA—The camp of leading presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe on Monday has expressed concerns over what they called misinformation drive being waged by the supporters of other candidates particularly Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
”From fake endorsements to fake meetings to fake surveys, they are flooding social media with baseless and exaggerated claims that have all been denied by the supposed sources,” Rep. Ace Durano, campaign manager of Partido Galing at Puso (PGP), said in a press statement.
Durano particularly mentioned former North Cotabato governor Emmanuel Piñol, a staunch Duterte ally, who wrote about a “privately-commissioned Pulse Asia survey taken March 21-25 (sic)” that showed Duterte leading the presidential preference polls.
”This has been denied by no less than Pulse Asia, which said that it did not conduct said survey,” Durano said.
In its official Facebook page, Pulse Asia posted: “We do not conduct surveys during Holy Week, Holy Thursday and Good Friday in particular.”
Earlier, the Duterte camp claimed that the mayor had been invited by the US embassy for a meeting, and that he had been endorsed by Jollibee owner Tony Tan Cak Tiong, Pope Francis and other notables.
”These were all lies,” the campaign manager of Poe said.
”Does Pompee Laviña, social media director of the Duterte campaign, have absolutely no regard for truth and people’s welfare, just so he can advance his candidate’s interest?,” he asked.
Since the campaign season officially began on February 9, Durano said PGP has made every effort to stick to a decent and truthful campaign based on platforms of government.
“We believe that there is no other way for candidates to present themselves to the electorate—truthfully and respectfully,” he said.
Poe continues to be the top choice of voters for president, with 28 percent of people voting for her, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted on March 15-20.
As the election campaign approaches the homestretch, Poe camp call on all the candidates to have a sense of decency and not to take advantage of the Filipinos’ forgiving nature.
”Do not fool the people; instead, enlighten them so that together, we can build a better Philippines,” Durano said.
Poe’s spokesman Rex Gatchalian echoed the statement of Durano, calling on the electorate to be vigilant against various forms of underhanded propaganda aimed at sowing confusion among the minds of the general public.
”It’s sad that various means are now being employed to sow havoc in our election system, and we will continue to appeal to the best judgment of our Filipino countrymen,” Gatchalian, a reelectionist mayor of Valenzuela City,’ said.