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Philippines Presidential Election 2016 Proclamation Rally

The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support.

Candidates will have three months to convince over 54 million voters all over the Philippines that they deserve to succeed President Benigno Aquino III who was catapulted into the presidency in 2010 by a vote of over 15 million vs. former President Joseph Estrada who got around nine million votes.

The election will be held on May 9. There are now five people aspiring to be president. Some analysts say charisma and name recognition will be the deciding factor in who wins.

Each candidate has already set the stage for their respective proclamation rallies. The basis for their choice of venue? Bailiwicks and stressing the importance of eradicating poverty.


Vice President Jejomar Binay

The vice president has chosen Mandaluyong City for his proclamation rally. Formerly the “Housing Czar” of the Aquino administration, the vice president’s choice of venue is strategic not only because the city’s mayor is his campaign manager but also because over 3,000 families in the area were left homeless after a fire broke out hours before the new year throwing a local focus on his candidacy.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte will hold his proclamation rally in Tondo, in the Capital City of Manila. Similar activities will also be conducted in other citites like his hometown in Davao, Tacloban, Cebu. Tondo is the most densely populated place in Manila, the home of the country’s largest dumpsite — the Smokey Mountain. Duterte’s camp said they have chosen Tondo to stress the need to effect real change and end the country’s disorder.

Senator Grace Poe

The controversial senator, who is facing disqualification cases for her citizenship and residency will hold her proclamation campaign at the historical Plaza Miranda, in Quiapo, also in Manila.

Plaza Miranda is the same venue where she launched her senatorial campaign in 2013 and the same venue where her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr. launched his presidential bid in 2004.

Both father and daughter’s citizenship were questioned before the Philippine Supreme Court. The Senator’s father won his case after the Supreme Court ruled that he was a natural-born Filipino citizen. The Senator’s case, on the other hand, is still being heard by the Supreme Court.

Poe said she also chose the venue because she is a Black Nazarene devotee (the Black Nazarene is in Quiapo Church).

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas

Roxas, the standard bearer of the Aquino administration’s Liberal Party will be in Capiz and Iloilo.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said the Western Visayas which included both Capiz and Iloilo is the bailiwick of the Liberal Party.

President Aquino will join Roxas in the proclamation rallies, throwing his weight behind the candidate.

Roxas is considered the “anointed one” who vowed to continue Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path) of governance which has focused on fighting graft and corruption and boosting the economy.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

The feisty Senator will be joined by her running mate, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos in Ilocos Norte, the bailiwick of the Marcoses. This will be the first time the duo will be seen together.

Santiago, a former judge is popular among the youth. Her running mate is the son of a former dictator, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, who was thrown out of power in 1986.

Polling survey

Currently, Poe topped the latest Pulse Asia survey on the presidential choice of voters despite questions on her residency and citizenship.

Poe received a 30% voter preference. The other three – Binay, Roxas and Duterte shared second and third place with 23%, 20%, and 20%, respectively.

Binay has a string of graft cases waiting for him once his term as vice-president ends in June, unless he wins the presidential race, which will make him immune from suits.

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