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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) accused the tandem of dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte of “pouring funds to create the false image of an insurmountable lead against other candidates” to supposedly mind condition Filipinos into acceptance should they win the 2022 national elections.
“Election surveys, especially when conducted by [a] single source, are all part of manipulating people’s perceptions and mind conditioning. To believe that Pulse Asia surveys are not tainted with political or financial interests is political naiveté,” CPP spokesperson Marco Valbuena said.
They also lambasted Pulse Asia for their recent April survey that was grilled by statisticians and some social media users.
“Pulse Asia just destroyed itself with its recent implausible survey showing virtually no change in the numbers despite the clear groundswell of support for Robredo marked by massive demonstrations across the country since early March,” Valbuena said. “They brushed aside criticism by statisticians claiming they have ‘different kind[s] of methodologies.’”
The Party clarified though that a Marcos presidency is “not inevitable”, and that “the surveys are only part of the war for public perception.” They also said that President Rodrigo Duterte was in on the scheme.
“For certain, the AES is stacked in favor of Marcos Jr having Duterte on his side. Duterte’s repeated declarations that he will remain neutral in relation to the presidential race is a false claim,” he said. “Marcos’ recent statements warning of fraud against him are a feint to downplay the fact that it is he and the Dutertes who are in the position to commit fraud through the AES.”
Last march, CPP accused Senator Ping Lacson of acting as Duterte’s “attack dog” and using his campaign to red-tag Vice President Leni Robredo and “justify the possibility of imposing martial law as a last resort option to secure power.”
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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