Isko says ‘will to win’ remains strong

Manila mayor campaigns in Guimaras, praises island-province for self-reliance and use of renewable vitality

ILOILO CITY, Philippines—With lower than two weeks left within the marketing campaign, presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso believes he can nonetheless win voters within the Western Visayas area regardless of trailing behind Vice President Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Talking to the press in Jordan, Guimaras, Domagoso stated a provincial capitol worker had approached to say there’s a “silent majority” rooting for him within the election.

Domagoso, mentioning an incident in October when a Robredo supporter tried a “cancel” marketing campaign towards a restaurant that hosted Marcos, stated possibly most individuals don’t present their desire to keep away from the political noise.

“I didn’t work in Quiapo [as a fortune-teller], Domagoso joked. 

“I couldn’t predict what will come out of the election results. I don’t want to pre-empt the people,” he stated.

“What is important is that I am here. I will soften the bulalo of Guimaras. I will court [voters]. Isn’t that what we candidates should be doing,” Moreno stated.

“We will show you our sheer will to win, and it’s not over until the fat lady sings, and there’s a God,” the mayor said.

The Manila mayor stated he went to Guimaras as a result of their staff felt that the island was uncared for in nationwide election campaigns, claiming that he was first to go to the island.

Robredo held a caravan and rally on the island on February 26.

“No one is paying attention to them [Guimaras], but I wanted them to feel that no matter how big or small, we will go there as much as we can. Doc Willie and I as well as our team want to be able to make people feel the importance of every municipality, town, mountain, [and] island.” he stated.

Moreno praised Guimaras’ self-reliance, citing its billion-dollar mango and different meals exports and renewable vitality via the San Lorenzo Wind Farm.

Pulse Asia’s March 2022 survey confirmed Moreno bagging solely 10% of respondents in Western Visayas, with Robredo main the area with 49% and  Marcos with 26%.

The Domagoso marketing campaign is about to barnstorm one other vote-rich province within the area, Negros Occidental, on Friday, April 28.

Within the 2016 elections, Domagoso landed within the high 12 of the senatorial elections in Guimaras with simply over 19,000 votes, behind Manny Pacquiao who had greater than 29,000 and forward of Ping Lacson who had solely greater than 16,000.

Robredo received the island province within the vice presidential race with over 56,000 votes towards second-place Marcos Jr. who obtained round 7,800 votes. Within the 2019 senatorial race, Ka Leody De Guzman received solely over 800 votes.— Rappler.com

Joseph B.A. Marzan is a Visayas-based journalist and a recipient of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.

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