- Aquino admitted that he had been talking regularly to Roxas and other rival presidential candidates to unite and stop Duterte from winning
- Aquino said he fears the consequences if Duterte “does exactly what he intends to do” about having bloody battle against criminality and shuttering Congress if it tried to impeach him
- The president said he is trying to get all of the different voices of different sections together and that doing so would present a united front
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he was behind the move of his chosen successor Manuel Roxas to unite with rival candidates and team up in order to stop Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from winning the upcoming presidential election.
In an article by Jessica Bartolome and Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez for GMA News published on May 6 said that Aquino had been talking regularly to Roxas, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and Vice President Jejomar Binay, and also claimed to have exchanged text messages with Sen. Grace Poe, with an aim of joining forces to stop Duterte from winning the election.
“I am trying to get all of these different voices together and in that sense, perhaps help our candidate get together and have that united front,” Aquino said.
The latest Social Weather Station survey revealed on Monday showed that Duterte widened his lead against his fellow presidential candidates, with 33 percent of respondents backing him.
Duterte had been very vocal about a “bloody” fight against criminality and to shutter Congress should lawmakers initiate moves to impeach him.
Aquino said he fears the consequences if Duterte “does exactly what he intends to do.”
An article by CNN Philippines said that Aquino believed that an alliance among the remaining presidential candidates will improve the chances of winning.
“Mayor Duterte has roughly 30 percent. That means he doesn’t have the 70 percent. In our democratic system, it’s the majority that decides. Therefore, it behooves everybody to try and get together,” the President said.
“Instead of thinking what should we do if everything he says is exactly what he intends to do, why don’t we remove that threat or problem or insecurity by uniting the 70 and defeating the 30. The whole point is, any of two of them unites, if it’s Mar or Grace that unite, we have more than 40 percent. That defeats the 30 percent,” Aquino added.
Aquino seeks to “unite the 70 percent to defeat the 30 percent,” Aquino explained further.
The president said he is trying to get all of the different voices of different sections together and that doing so would present a united front.