7 May 2016

Philippine campaign ends in panic as Trump-like mayor leads

The campaign sortie of Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, passes thru narrow streets in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators. The country will hold a national election on Monday to succeed President Benigno Aquino III with tough-talking Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leading among five presidential candidates in most surveys.
A bruising presidential campaign was drawing to a close in the Philippines on Saturday, with a last-minute attempt by the president to unify candidates against a front-running mayor perceived as a threat to democracy virtually collapsing.
After crisscrossing the archipelago nation for three months, five presidential candidates led by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will converge in the vote-rich capital Manila for their final rallies ahead of Monday's vote.

On the eve of the final day of campaigning, President Benigno Aquino III made a desperate call on candidates to agree to an alliance to defeat the brash Duterte, who has been likened to U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his controversial remarks but has topped pre-poll surveys.
Duterte's 30-point lead in surveys can be overcome if his trailing rivals — mainly former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Sen. Grace Poe — join hands, Aquino said, implying that some of them should back out and support a single aspirant.
Under the Philippine electoral system, a candidate who gets the most votes is proclaimed the winner, even if no one gets a majority.
Poe, however, refused an invitation by Roxas, who has been backed by Aquino, to meet and discuss an arrangement where she would be forced to back out. Vice President Jejomar Binay also stated he would not step aside. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who has trailed far behind in surveys, has also vowed never to surrender.
SWAT members of the Philippine National Police provide security to the campaign motorcade of presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay and congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections during their campaign rally in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines, Friday, May 6, 2016. Boxing star Manny Pacquiao pressed on with his campaign for a seat in the Philippine Senate despite a reported militant plot to kidnap him.

Duterte's camp said calls for an alliance against him "reeks of stench of defeat."
"It's an admission that a victory by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has virtually become inevitable," said the mayor's national campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr.
A longtime mayor of southern Davao city, the 71-year-old Duterte courted controversy with his profanity-laden speeches, vulgar jokes and devil-may-care irreverence but has successfully tapped into public insecurities with a bold promise to wipe out crime and corruption in three to six months if he is elected.
Aquino, business executives and church leaders felt that he crossed the line when he joked about wanting to have raped first an Australian missionary, who was gang raped and brutally killed by inmates in a 1989 jail riot.
When the Australian and U.S. ambassadors sniped at his joke, Duterte asked them to shut up and expressed openness at the possibility of severing ties with major Western allies if he wins the presidency. He also has threatened to close Congress if lawmakers try to impeach him if he wins next week and has said he would allow Marxist guerrillas to play a political role in his government.
Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay, center, and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, right, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, throw souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands to supporters during their campaign sortie in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.

A senator has threatened to immediately try to impeach Duterte if he becomes president.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has filed a corruption complaint alleging the mayor hired non-existent employees and kept a huge amount in a joint bank account with his daughter that he did not declare publicly in 2014, as required by law. Duterte has denied any wrongdoing.  
(AP) 
Congressman Manny Pacquiao, left, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, poses with Sen. Nancy Binay, the daughter of presidential candidate Jejomar Binay during their campaign rally, in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines, Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators. The country will hold a national election on Monday to succeed President Benigno Aquino III with tough-talking Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leading among five presidential candidates in most surveys.
Congressman Manny Pacquiao, left, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, poses with Sen. Nancy Binay, the daughter of presidential candidate Jejomar Binay during their campaign rally, in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines, Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators. The country will hold a national election on Monday to succeed President Benigno Aquino III with tough-talking Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leading among five presidential candidates in most surveys.                              
Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, on board a campaign float, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections throw souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands to supporters during the campaign sortie with Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay, in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.
Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, on board a campaign float, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections throw souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands to supporters during the campaign sortie with Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay, in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.                            
Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, places a souvenir t-shirt and a wrist band in an inverted umbrella of a commuter during his campaign sortie with Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.
Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, places a souvenir t-shirt and a wrist band in an inverted umbrella of a commuter during his campaign sortie with Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.                                          
A father carries his children as they wait for the campaign motorcade of presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay and Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, to pass by during their campaign sortie in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.
A father carries his children as they wait for the campaign motorcade of presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay and Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, to pass by during their campaign sortie in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.                             
People pick up souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands, thrown to them by Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, during their campaign sortie in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.
People pick up souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands, thrown to them by Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, during their campaign sortie in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.
Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, throws souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands to supporters during his campaign sortie with Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators.
Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is running for senator in Monday's national elections, throws souvenir t-shirts, candies and wrist bands to supporters during his campaign sortie with Presidential candidate Vice-president Jejomar Binay in Navotas north of Manila, Philippines Friday, May 6, 2016. Binay is running fourth in the latest poll survey while Pacquiao is in the top five of the possible senators. 

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