MAKATI CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is running on a campaign promise to do to the entire Philippines what he did as mayor of Davao City: eliminate corruption and establish peace and order.
Not to be outdone, Vice President Jejomar Binay told supporters today that if elected president, he will do to the entire country what he did to Makati City when he was mayor: give all senior citizens a cake on their birthday.
With Binay’s latest pronouncement, he just won over 6 Million voters to his side. It is estimated that six percent of the country’s 100 Million population are seniors.
ANGELES CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reiterated the Church’s call for voters not to elect corrupt candidates to office.
“Sinners can be forgiven but you cannot forgive the corrupt,” Bishop Socrates Villegas said. “If we say that corruption is one of our nation’s deepest scars and heaviest cross, and if candidates already have a history of corruption, let’s think twice, thrice, a hundred times before voting for them.”
Reacting to the bishop’s comments, Vice President Jejomar Binay accused the CBCP of meddling in politics by suggesting that Catholics not vote for him.
“May I remind the good bishop that there is separation between church and state, and that he should not be judging my career and record as a politician, or derailing my campaign to be the next president of the Philippines,” Binay said.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles®) – It is unprecedented in the history of the Philippines, and perhaps even in the world: a population and electorate divided equally four ways.
We are referring to a new national poll soon to be released by the Social Weather Systems (SWS), the Philippines’ leading pollster and research firm.
In a survey of likely Filipino voters in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, the leading candidates each garnered an approval rating of 25% of all respondents, with no room for a margin of error.
Of the four candidates included in the poll, three — Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jojo Binay and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas — have officially declared their candidacy for president, while one, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is yet to declare (although he has repeatedly denied that he intends to run).
However, in a separate scenario where only the three declared candidates will vie for the presidency, each received 33%, with 1% of respondents still undecided.
In either scenario, it is a statistical tie, paving the way for the most interesting and hotly-contested Philippine presidential elections ever.
In order to confirm the SWS poll, The Adobo Chronicles is conducting its independent survey among our readers. Please participate below: