Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso expressed optimism that the “silent majority” from the lower middle class, as well as the urban and rural poor will deliver the crucial votes on May 9 and make him the 17th president of the Republic.
Domagoso said that the tens of thousands of people that he directly met and shook hands with in various provincial sorties does not jibe with pre-election survey results made by major polling firms that tend to show his numbers at a far third from the frontrunner.
He said voters are “scared” to answer survey questions honestly and truthfully due to the endless political bashings and bickering between the Marcos camp and anti-Marcos groups led by the so-called yellows and pinks.
“Sa sobrang away nila natatakot na ‘yung tao baka mawalan siya ng trabaho, baka hindi siya mabilhan sa tindahan niya o baka awayin siya ng kapitbahay niya, mawalan siya ng kaibigan, ina-unfriend siya, mapagsalitaan siya ng masakit kaya tumatahimik na lang. Feeling ko ire-reserve nila ‘yung boto nila sa takdang panahon,” he said.
Domagoso said political oligarchs have been actively influencing voters through direct “buying of people” in favor of the presidential candidate that they are backing financially.
“Napaka fluid ngayon. ‘Yung malalaking pulitiko, ‘yung mga political oligarch will continue to buy people. “Hindi na siya bago. Don’t be naive. We know it’s happening,” he said.
He said several political groups also tried to ask the Aksyon Demokratiko for funds in exchange for mobilizing support for its candidates, but the party was not interested.
“Mayroong mga ganoon. May mga humihirit lang ng tulong pero walang specifics,” he said.