- Mayor Duterte assured supporters he will not abandon Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
- He also acknowledged he has to work harder, especially for his runningmate who has been lagging in surveys
- Cayetano remains optimistic his numbers will pick up again soon
MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged he and runningmate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano have to work double time to catch up with their rivals in the race to Malacañang; most specially the latter.
However, Duterte vows never to abandon the senator from Taguig who has been lagging in surveys, and worse, losing points to other candidates.
“We have to work harder, Alan has to work harder, I have to work harder for Alan,” Duterte told supporters during a campaign rally in Valenzuela on Wednesday, March 9.
The tough-talking mayor was reacting to the latest result of the Pulse Asia Survey commissioned by ABS-CBN and conducted during the last week of February.
In the survey, Cayetano only got 13 percent; ranking fourth behind frontrunners Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero and Senator Bongbong Marcos (26% each) and Camarines Sur and administration bet Rep. Leni Roberdo (18%).
This was a significant drop from 18 % in Pulse Asia’s December survey and one-point dip from 14% in January. He had switched sides, albeit in a losing end with Robredo after ranking as high as second place towards the end of 2015.
But Duterte said he will never abandon his running mate. (Click here to read more)