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Cavite Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla took down a January 11 Twitter survey, where he asked netizens who they were voting for president.
Remulla listed out four names in the Twitter poll, the maximum number of options allowed by the social media platform. In order, the mock poll had LACSON, PACQUIAO, MARCOS, and ROBREDO.
The informal poll garnered a total of 20,684 votes, with Robredo leading at 81%. Marcos, Lacson, and Pacquiao got 11%, 7%, and 1%, respectively.
On Monday, 11:31 PM, a netizen pointed out that Remulla’s Tweet has been deleted. “Bakit po ni-delete (Why was it deleted)?” he asks.
Since 2016, the National Unity Party (NUP), of which Remulla is part of, has been an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte’s PDP-Laban.
The governor issued a response on January 13 on his social media account, showing the results of an "internal survey" held in Cavite from December 1 to 5.
Ping Lacson 16%
Leni Robredo 9%
Furthermore, Remulla said that he believes that Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will win the presidency.
"Surveys are a snapshot in time. If the election was held today? BBM will win in Cavite by a landslide. I believe he will win the Presidency in 2022. It’s his time. It’s his destiny," he said.
When the numbers are added, the internal survey's total is only 97%. The governor did not clarify, however, where the 3% went.
The dictator's son was recently criticized by vice presidential aspirant Jose "Lito" Atienza, saying that the Philippines is a "lost cause" should Marcos Jr win.
Political news website Politiko says that NUP is endorsing the tandem of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Tito Sotto for the top two executive posts, but it remains unclear in official platforms what the party is endorsing.
On September 30, Remulla took an oath confirming his membership to NUP. Joining him were representatives LRay Villafuerte, Boying Remull, and Cristal Bagatsing.
(Updated with Gov Remulla's response in 6th-9th paragraphs)
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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