MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine presidential candidates will maintain final election rallies this week because the marketing campaign enters its homestretch, in a contest that has formed right into a two-way race between frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his major rival Leni Robredo.
Marcos, the son and namesake of the ousted dictator who dominated the nation for twenty years, has a large lead in polls over the incumbent vice chairman, Robredo, forward of the May 9 poll.
The frontrunner, who’s due to maintain on Tuesday the primary of three large rallies this week, seems on the verge of finishing a once-unthinkable rebranding of the Marcos household identify 36 years after a “individuals energy” rebellion ended his father’s rule.
Political analysts say his path in the direction of the presidency has been aided by a decades-long public relations effort to alter public notion of his household, whilst critics accuse the Marcoses of making an attempt to rewrite historical past.
“I feel they (the Marcos marketing campaign) have…the benefit of crafting an interesting narrative, which we all know distorts the historic reality and but has by some means appealed to many voters,” mentioned retired political professor Temario Rivera.
Marcos has pushed a message of unity in his marketing campaign, whilst rivals sought to spotlight the plundering of the nation’s wealth throughout the harsh authoritarian rule of his late father.
A survey performed by impartial pollster Pulse Asia in mid April confirmed 56% of two,400 respondents mentioned they might vote for Marcos if the election was held throughout that interval, whereas 23% mentioned they might again Robredo.
Former boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao, and Manila mayor, Francisco Domagoso, had 7% and 4% assist, respectively. The final day of official campaigning is on Saturday.
Robredo final week challenged Marcos to a debate so voters can scrutinise their characters and visions, however the former senator declined saying he most popular to communicate straight to the general public.
The two have a bitter rivalry, with Robredo’s affiliation firmly with the motion that took to the streets to topple his father in 1986.
Despite Marcos’s commanding lead, Robredo has attracted tens of 1000’s of individuals to her latest marketing campaign rallies, assist which some analysts say might not have been absolutely captured in the most recent survey.
“We are feeling assured going into the final week of the marketing campaign,” mentioned Robredo marketing campaign spokesperson Barry Gutierrez.
Marcos, 64, has mentioned he wouldn’t let his sturdy exhibiting in polls distract him from work wanted to guarantee victory.
Robredo and Marcos will maintain rallies in the central Philippines on Tuesday, with the frontrunner due in the province of Iloilo and his rival in Panay island and Bacolod metropolis.
(Reporting by Karen Lema; Additional reporting by Adrian Portugal; Editing by Ed Davies)