MANILA, Philippines – This time, it's Grace Poe calling on Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.
In an animated video posted on her official Facebook page Saturday, May 7, independent presidential bet Poe sent out a message to administration standard-bearer Roxas saying that, based on the numbers, he should give way to Poe just two days before elections Monday, May 9.
The video runs down results from 3 polls – Argus Poll, Standard Poll, Pulso ng Pilipino – to emphasize that the senator is a clear runner-up to poll front-runner Rodrigo Duterte. This highlights her as "the strongest rival" to the Davao City mayor. Poe's trust rating of 54% is also compared to Roxas' 36% in the video.
Poe sent out the message a day after she turned down Roxas' call for an alliance against Duterte. Poe maintained she will not give way or withdraw from the tight presidential race. (READ: Palace: Poe didn't put much thought into 'very serious' Roxas appeal)
"Panahon na para magbigay daan si Mar Roxas," said the video narration. "Kung dati ay nagawang magbigay ni Mar Roxas sa kandidatura ni PNoy, bakit hindi siya magbigay daan para sa ikararangal at ikauunlad ng sambayanang Pilipino?"
(It's time for Mar Roxas to give way. If Mar Roxas was able to give way to PNoy before, why should he not do it now for the honor and prosperity of the Filipino people?) (READ: Robredo: 'Not enough time' for alliance talks vs Duterte)
"Kung magpaparaya si Mar Roxas, 41% ng kanyang mga botante ang maaaring lumipat kay Grace Poe. Mas gaganda ang laban para sa sambayanan."
(If Mar Roxas will give way, 41% of his voters may switch to Grace Poe. It will be a better battle for the country.)
The video, which already has over 29,600 videos as of writing, ends with a callout: "Lipat na Poe tayo! (Let's switch to Poe!)" and is posted with the hashtag #MagbigayDaan. – Rappler.com