FOLLOWING the accusations by his rivals about the cheating allegedly to be orchestrated by the ruling Liberal Party, administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II on Monday insisted his rivals were lying, and that he would win in an honest election.
After voting in his hometown Roxas City in Capiz, he dismissed as lies some reports claiming the LP would be cheating.
“Siguro sila na lang ang tanungin ninyo kung saan nagmumula yan,” Roxas said after casting his vote at the Rufina Andrada Santos Memorial School.
“Iyan ay mga kasinungalingan, kung anu-anong mga imbento at kung anu-anong mga ‘di totoong sinasabi at nakikita ‘yan ng ating mga kabababayan.”
Roxas said he will emerge as the winner of the May 9 elections, and that he did his best to wage a principled campaign until the end.
“I’m very serene, I’m very optimistic at payapa ang kalooban ko,” Roxas said.
While Roxas cast his vote easily, his running mate Leni Robredo took an hour waiting in line after the vote-counting machine in her precinct at the Tabuco Central School in Naga City, Camarines Sur, broke down.
After casting her vote, Robredo said the camp of her rival, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., should not “condition the minds of our people with false accusations.”
“Let’s all be reminded that it is not impossible that the majority of our people don’t want an unrepentant Marcos back,” she said.
Roxas said he hoped the country could move forward after the divisive political exercise, adding that the people trooping to the precincts to vote showed that democracy was alive.
Roxas was statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe for second place in the last preferential surveys released by both Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations.
Robredo, meanwhile, was statistically tied with survey front runner Marcos.