Leni-Poe-Pacquiao coalition can beat possible Duterte-Marcos tandem – PR expert

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) – A coalition between Vice President Leni Robredo and senators Grace Poe and Manny Pacquiao can make a difference in overturning what could be a "strong" tandem of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and former senator Bongbong Marcos.

Public relations executive Ron Jabal told CNN Philippines' Politics As Usual that an endorsement from Poe - who lost in the 2016 presidential polls - and a tandem with fellow 2022 presidential aspirant Pacquiao could boost Robredo's chances of winning the presidency next year.

"Kapag makita mo ang numbers ni Senator Grace Poe, mas malaki pa rin kay [If you will observe the numbers of Senator Grace Poe, she has a bigger edge than] Vice President Leni. Manny Pacquiao is very big in the E sector. Leni is also big in that one, but she needs to have pull from the ABC (social classes) which Senator Grace has," Jabal said, citing the latest 2022 presidential surveys.

The Vice President sought to form a "united" opposition ahead of the 2022 polls, but her talks with presidential hopefuls Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno bogged down before the filing of certificates of candidacy.

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Meanwhile, political advocate Yolly Ong said Robredo should not be looked down in the 2022 presidential elections as the support she received has been "organic," or coming from real person supporters.

"Alam ko, wala pa siyang ginagawa kahit isa sa kampo niya. Lahat ay ginagawa ng mga supporters niya," Ong observed.

[Translation: As far as I know, her camp has yet to start anything. All of the campaign materials were made by her supporters.]

Retired political science professor Temy Rivera added that Robredo still has a solid electoral base despite the recent election losses of the Liberal Party.

"Most of the voters of Leni in 2016 are unlikely to vote for a Marcos or Duterte," Rivera pointed out.

As for Marcos, Jabal said a possible tandem with the presidential daughter would be "very difficult to beat."

He added that Marcos has the "best" campaign so far among the presidential aspirants.

"Marcos has been campaigning since 2016. He's been cleaning up his image. A lot of people have actually forgotten what they have done in the past," Jabal said.

A total of 97 aspirants for president, 29 for vice president, 176 for senator, and 270 party-list groups filed their candidacies for the 2022 elections.

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