Duterte camp on surveys: People final arbiter in electoral race

By on April 11, 2016

Presidential candidate Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte. (Photo: Rody Duterte | Facebook)
Presidential candidate Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
(Photo: Rody Duterte/Facebook)

MANILA—Despite leading in three different surveys, the camp of PDP-LABAN standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte said the electorate is still the final arbiter in the May 9 presidential race.

“While we are elated with the results of the recent surveys of SWS, Pulse Asia and Manila Standard, we still believe the final arbiter of who will be rightfully elected president is the people,” Duterte campaign strategist Leoncio Evasco said.

In the three recent surveys, Duterte was seen breaking past independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe.

“That will be known on May 9, the day of the elections,” he added.

Evasco said the lead is “very tenuous” and there is still much work to do. For the last few weeks, Duterte has been blazing across the country and has been attracting huge crowds during rallies.

Over the weekend, he was in the provinces of Maguindanao and South Cotabato when news of his survey lead came out.

A day earlier, he had to snake his way into a six-hour traffic jam as people lined up his motorcade leading to Parañaque in Metro Manila where he spoke before a largely upper and middle class crowd.

Duterte will be back in Metro Manila today to resume his campaign in Luzon where he hopes to build on his momentum.

The Davao City mayor has repeatedly said he does not mind being at the bottom, middle or top of surveys. He was previously quoted as being unmindful of pre-election surveys, saying the results of the election is what really counts.

It is the first time that Duterte has taken the lead in all three major poll surveys since the election campaign started on Feb. 9.

With less than 30 days to go before the elections, Evasco said they hope to expand the lead and consolidate the gains over the last couple of weeks.

“We urge our followers and supporters to continue to work harder and make sure the support and the results of the surveys are translated into votes,” he added.