PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. urged Filipinos to respect each other’s freedom to choose the candidate they will support in the upcoming May 9, 2022 elections.
The UniTeam presidential bet’s appeal to the electorate was prompted by the noticeable increase in vitriolic exchanges among supporters of competing candidates on various social media platforms, barely more than a month before the national polls.
“There is no reason for us to fight with one another over whom to support in the coming elections. Let’s respect each other’s freedom to choose. My response to hateful speech has always been to maintain a dignified silence because bickering is a waste of time,” Marcos said recently.
The recent pre-election survey results done by polling firms Laylo Research, Pulse Asia, and PUBLiCUS Asia show Marcos and his running-mate Inday Sara Duterte ahead of their respective rivals by significant margins.
According to the latest 2022 Pahayag National Election Tracker released by PUBLiCUS Asia on Thursday, Marcos posted 55.1% voter preference, an increase of nearly 3% over his 52.3% preference share last February.
At a very distant second is Leni Robredo with 21%, followed by Isko Domagoso with 8.2%, Ping Lacson with 4.2%, and Manny Pacquiao with 1.8%.
“Now more than ever, we should not lose sight of our goal of uniting the country and helping our people free themselves from the grip of poverty that has weakened his belief in himself,” Marcos added.
“Huwag rin sanang mawala ang pakikipagkapwa-tao natin habang papalapit ang eleksiyon. Pamilya at pagkakaibigan pa rin ang mas matimbang kaysa sa anumang paniniwalang pulitikal,” Marcos also said.
His consistent strong showing in pre-election surveys since last year up to the present had political pundits convinced that a large portion of the country’s electorate has already chosen to elect the first majority president in Philippine history.
“It’s time for us Filipinos to rediscover our inner strength and realize that we can chart a better path for ourselves. My mission as a leader is to create opportunities that will enable people to make their dreams a reality,” Marcos stressed.