In new ad, Binay says Duterte rule 'worse than martial law'


MANILA - There is no letup in Vice President Jejomar Binay's campaign to dissuade voters from choosing Davao City Mayor and PDP-Laban standard-bearer Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 elections.

In a new video ad posted on Facebook, Binay tells voters that they have a moral responsibility not to choose Duterte for president.

"Hi! Magandang umaga po sa inyo mga kababayan. Napapanahon po tayo ngayon na harapin na ito ay moral responsibility natin sa ating pagkatao at ating kausapin ang ating mga kababayan na hwag iboto, hindi dapat maging pangulo ang isang tulad ni Mr. Duterte," he says.

He notes that Duterte has boasted that if he wins the presidency, he will continue to kill criminals, including minors. He also says Duterte's alleged extrajudicial killings only target the poor.

"Mga kababayan, tutulan po natin 'to. Hindi dapat manaig ito. Tayo po ay naglaban sa Martial Law. Eh ito pong sinasabi ni Mayor Duterte, masahol pa sa martial law," he says.

The video had over 1 million views, as of posting.

Duterte is currently the frontrunner in the presidential race, according to the latest ABS-CBN survey by Pulse Asia from March 29 to April 3. The survey showed at least 30% of voters picked Duterte for president if elections were held during the survey period while Senator Grace Poe dropped to second with 25%.

Binay and administration candidate Mar Roxas were statistically tied at third place with 20% and 19%, respectively, while Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was at the bottom spot with 2%.

READ: Duterte overtakes Poe, claims lead in ABS-CBN survey

On Tuesday, Binay challenged voters in Muntinlupa to make sure that Duterte will not win in the election.

Calling Duterte "mayabang" and "berdugo,” Binay said the poor will be the casualties of Duterte's campaign promise to rid the Philippines of criminality in three to six months.

"Si Duterte sa kayabangan, pinagmamalaki na 'Lulutasin ko ang kriminalidad.' Sa paanong paraan? Papatayin (niya) ang lahat ng mahihirap at kanyang pinagsususpetsahang nagkamali at di sumusunod sa batas." he said.