Presidential candidate Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson is convinced he can defy the projection of survey outfit, Pulse Asia, that he will receive ‘zero votes’ from Visayas and Mindanao because of the positive feedback he got from voters in the Negros Island Region, which he visited on Wednesday (May 4).
In a town hall forum held in Bais City, Negros Oriental, Lacson personally asked registered electorates in attendance if they are going to vote for him this Monday (May 9) when polling precincts officially open and he took an affirmative answer from the crowd in response.
“You know, I cannot understand for the life of me, ‘yung huling Pulse Asia survey, ang sabi doon zero raw si Senator Lacson sa Visayas; zero raw si Senator Lacson sa Mindanao. Now, I’m wondering, nandito ako sa Bais City… I’m going to ask the people of Bais City. Wala po bang boboto kay Senator Lacson sa Bais City?” the veteran statesman asked.
[You know, I cannot understand for the life of me, the latest results of the Pulse Asia survey, it said Senator Lacson is zero in Visayas; Senator Lacson is zero in Mindanao. Now, I’m wondering, I am here in Bais City… I’m going to ask the people of Bais City. Are there people who will vote for Senator Lacson in Bais City?]
The crowd yelled back to him with ‘meron’ or ‘yes, there are’ in Tagalog, which is enough to keep Lacson feeling happy and optimistic about his chances of acquiring enough votes from the region come Election Day.
“Maraming, maraming salamat po. Ngayon, maligaya, masaya na po ako. Hindi ako ma-ze-zero sa buong Visayas. Imagine, sa Bais pa lamang marami na akong boto,” according to the visiting presidential candidate.
[Thank you very much to all of you. Now, I am really happy, so delighted that I am not going to receive zero votes from the entire Visayas region. Imagine, in Bais City alone, I have been assured of many votes.]
Lacson has recently campaigned in Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions—visiting the provinces of Aklan, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, among others—so he really could not believe the ‘zero vote’ rating Pulse Asia gave him in Visayas and Mindanao.
The presidential aspirant argued the same for his two percent overall rating, which kept him at fifth place among all candidates running for the highest position in government. He said he cannot reconcile this figure from the number of legitimate supporters he knows he has all over the country.
Without necessarily discrediting the different survey firms that consistently placed him among cellar-dwellers in the 2022 presidential race, Lacson said he is holding on to the fact that not every Filipino participated in these pre-election surveys based on the accounts of the people themselves.
“Kanina tinanong din kayo ni (former Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol or ni Mayora (Mercedes Goñi), kung meron bang natanong na sa inyo na mga nag-survey—bilang text message man o kaya tanong mismo face-to-face—ang sagot ninyo, wala. So, we’re wondering…” Lacson told the people of Bais City.
[Earlier, you were also asked by (former Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol or Mayor (Mercedes Goñi), if you had been sought to participate in these surveys—either through text message at least or face-to-face—and you said ‘no.’ So, we’re wondering…]
“Basta ang tandaan lang natin when we go to our polling precinct, ‘yon na lang po isipin natin. Sino po ba ang karapat-dapat nating iboto na siyang magbibigay ng ginhawa sa ating buhay? Ito po ‘yung aming battle cry ni Senate President Tito Sotto, simple lang po: ‘Aayusin ang Gobyerno para maging maayos ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino.’ Maraming, maraming salamat po,” the senator added.
[Just remember, when we go to our polling precincts, think about this: Who are the most worthy of our votes who can make our lives comfortable? Senate President Tito Sotto and I have a simple battle cry: ‘Fix the Government to Improve the Lives of Every Filipino.’ Thank you very much.]
Lacson campaigned in the Negros Island Region together with Piñol who is among the members of his lean senatorial ticket. Aside from Piñol, he is also supporting the senatorial bids of Dr. Minguita Padilla and retired national police chief Guillermo Eleazar. Lacson is running for president in tandem with vice-presidential candidate Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III.