Poe, Roxas urged to give way to stop Duterte


Mar Roxas, Rodrigo Duterte and Grace Poe

MANILA – Two different petitions on website Change.org are asking Senator Grace Poe and Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas to give way in order to thwart the possible victory of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 elections. 

In her petition posted on May 4, Nenette Coronel asked Poe to ''close ranks'' with Roxas in order to prevent frontrunner Duterte from becoming president.

''For the love of our country and for the love of our children, may I ask you to please consider setting aside your personal interests for now and close ranks with the group of Sec. Mar Roxas in order to provide a credible reversal to the momentum of a Duterte presidency?" Coronel said.

''You are still young, you have time to your advantage and a more seasoned and prepared Presidential material will definitely emerge in 2022 after your admirable stint in the Senate. Can you imagine what consequent following and support you will gain after such a monumentally humble sacrifice on your end?"

To this, Poe said: "To those who are saying that I should give way, what gives you the right to say that our choices should only be limited to two candidates?"

Coronel said if the surveys are to be used as basis, Duterte is on his way to becoming the country's next president.

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''And God forbid what will happen if results do not believably come up with such expectations - violence, anarchy, a strongly divided nation? Do we want destabilization efforts and coups again instead of continuing smoothly with the achievements of the current administration?" Coronel said.

Coronel said she would have addressed her letter to Roxas had the administration bet continued to languish at the bottom of pre-election surveys.

Support for Roxas had been steady since the start of the presidential campaign last February, but it has since risen by 4 percentage points in the last 2 weeks of April. He tied Poe for 2nd place in the latest April 26-29 ABS-CBN/Pulse Asia survey.


A petition filed by a certain Troy De Leon on May 5, meanwhile, asked Roxas to do again this time what he did in 2010, when he shelved his plan to run for president to give way to the candidacy of his partymate, then Senator Benigno Aquino III.

''Mr. Roxas, you've done it before please do it again. Real surveys show the public's wide support for the senator (Poe). She is the only one who can present a credible alternative to Mayor Duterte and have a chance to win the presidency,'' De Leon said.

''She has the support of the people without the benefit of a government machinery or a gigantic political party in power behind her. She is the second choice of the majority of Filipino voters, she presents a departure from the excesses and abuses of the current administration and more importantly, her votes are not transferable to you. Do your country a favor sir and be a hero for it."

The Grace Poe for President Community page on Facebook posted a survey which says it is a Roxas withdrawal, not one by Poe, which would ensure a Duterte loss in the presidential elections. 

According to the latest ABS-CBN/Pulse Asia survey, Poe is still the top 2nd choice for president. 

"...big pluralities of those voting for either former DILG Secretary Roxas (41%) or Vice-President Binay (41%) identify Senator Poe as their alternative presidential candidate," Pulse Asia said. 

Roxas last year invited Poe to become his running mate, in what was seen as an effort to come up with a united administration ticket.

Poe, who was then enjoying high ratings, however, decided to run for president as an independent candidate alongside Sen. Francis Escudero.

READ: Mar invites Grace to be his running-mate


The petitions were posted in the wake of the release of the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN.

READ: Duterte keeps lead in ABS-CBN survey

Duterte kept his 33% rating for a 2nd week in a row, in the April 26-29, 2016 survey.

Roxas (22%) is in a statistical tie for second place with Poe (21%).

Vice President Jejomar Binay polled 17%, a point down from his previous 18% rating.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago got a 2% rating for a second week in a row. - with Reuters