Robredo’s grassroots campaign would win on D-Day despite polls, spox says

Vice President Leni Robredo during the Tagayan, a ritual sealing the ‘Quezonduan’ between the presidential candidate and the people of Quezon April 28, Quezonduan Thursday: People’s Grand Gathering in Lucena City, Quezon. (VP Leni Media Office)

MANILA, Philippines — While there was little movement in the numbers from Vice President Leni Robredo’s survey in April, her spokesperson said Monday they were confident the grassroots campaign would emerge victorious on 9 May, election day.

In a statement, Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said that despite losing a full percentage point in the latest Pulse Asia polls, the numbers confirm Robredo’s upward trajectory – adding that the door-to-door campaign door showed how many people now support the vice president.

“The latest Pulse survey conducted last April further confirms Vice President Leni Robredo’s upward trajectory and momentum. […] The remaining weeks of the campaign have seen intensified door-to-door, person-to-person efforts by thousands of volunteers, which we believe will translate into support on Election Day,” Gutierrez said.

“It’s really become a grassroots campaign, a grassroots movement of Filipinos from all walks of life and all over the Philippines. We are confident that this grassroots campaign will prevail on May 9,” he added.

Gutierrez claimed the survey failed to capture the gathering of 412,000 people in Pasay City for Robredo’s 57th birthday on April 23 – while Pulse Asia conducted the study from April 16-21.

Many of the country’s A-list celebrities showed up to support Robredo at Pasay’s big rally – including Maricel Soriano, Vice Ganda, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Gary Valenciano and John Arcilla all supporting Robredo.

“His numbers remain encouraging, although the survey does not yet capture the series of massive rallies from mid-April, including the record 400,000+ Pasay Rally on April 23,” he added.

In April, Pulse Asia’s survey showed that Robredo was still far behind favorite and former senator Bongbong Marcos. Robredo’s voter share was 23%, while Marcos has retained his 56% share since last March.

READ: Almost no movement in latest Pulse Asia survey; Marcos still leads

It’s not the first time Robredo’s side have expressed confidence in their chances despite the huge gap between her and Marcos. Last March 14, when data from Pulse Asia showed Robredo had just 15% of the vote, Gutierrez said the survey failed to capture major opposition rallies – including the exit of PasigLaban which attracted over 137,000 attendees.

Then, when the number of inquiries from Robredo increased, Gutierrez said the inquiries were already beginning to reflect the huge groundswell.


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