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VP camp to rivals: Don’t celebrate yet

  • Written by Cristy Lee-Pisco
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THE camp of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay expressed confidence yesterday that its bet will come out the winner in the May 9 polls.

“History will indeed repeat itself,” Atty Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, said.

Binay won the 2010 national elections after trailing in pre-election surveys.

Quicho also warned other candidates to be not overconfident in their chances.

“To the other candidates: Do not celebrate yet, good things are about to happen, Binay is coming,” Quicho said.

He added that the election will be a tight race, and it will be won on the ground.
   
“This election will be won on the ground on election day,” Quicho said.
    
UNA president Toby Tiangco maintained that the election was a “tight race and through our far-reaching and sustained strategy, we expect to be joined by a broad coalition of partners and supporters across the country on May 9.”
    
“Vice President Jejomar Binay is determined to recapture the spirit of collective activism, and will continue to fight on behalf of the Filipino people for social justice and respect for human rights,” he added.
    
“There will be no letup in our efforts to communicating our message of hope and positive change,” Tiangco stressed.
    
Quicho also said that surveys do not capture the ground campaign that the Binay camp has been waging since April 29.
    
“The surveys do not capture the intense ground campaigning by the Vice President’s core supporters and parallel groups nationwide. These efforts have intensified after April 29 which was the last day of the surveys,” Quicho said.
    
“The final visibility push this week via motorcades, house to house campaign and sectoral events like the Indigenous People’s summit for Binay in Cagayan de Oro last Tuesday show the winning path for the Vice President,” he added.
    
Binay and UNA have been holding motorcades during the past week, covering a large area and visibly campaigning in the provinces of Bataan, Ilocos Norte, Antique, Capiz, Aklan, and Isabela.
    
They are scheduled to campaign in Cavite today, holding a motorcade that will pass through Dasmariñas, General Trias, Rosario and Noveleta.
    
Quicho said that there will be no let up from Binay supporters in the ground war.
    
“Vice President Binay’s determination and composure energizes our ground troops who are pounding the streets and knocking on doors as we speak,” he said.
    
Tiangco said that there would be “incalculable twists and turns between now and on election day. We know that there is no easy path to victory—but the ground game will spell the difference.”
    
Quicho also encouraged voters to come out and vote on May 9.
    
“Let us all vote early with your family and friends,” Quicho said.