PNoy confident Bongbong won't get youth vote

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Aquino sees the glass half-full and remains confident that his presidential and vice presidential bets will be able to catch up in the campaign and improve their numbers.

When asked about why Liberal Party candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo are trailing behind their opponents in the polls in a forum with foreign journalists, Aquino chose to look at the "dramatic rise in their numbers" compared to the single-digit numbers they registered at the early stages.

Aquino said that the campaign will soon feature people who benefited from programs under his "Daang Matuwid" platform.

"We are confident. In fact, pretty soon the main campaigners will be the people who benefited from the reforms we have instituted in Daang Matuwid," Aquino said.

He is also confident that the younger generation of voters would reject the candidacy of Senator Bongbong Marcos for vice president, saying that their ready access to information would let them know about the abuses committed during martial rule and the danger of allowing it to happen again.

"They will answer I believe the question in this manner: Should we allow an opportunity, even vague at this point in time, for somebody who doesn't recognize that mistakes of that past to be in a position to commit the same mistakes somewhere in the future? The answer would be a (resounding) no," Aquino said.

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