MANILA- Separate campaign activities of senatorial aspirants backed by the Duterte administration may confuse voters and could even cost them votes, a political analyst said Friday.
This is due to the "mixed signals" coming from President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, said University of the Philippines Political Science head Maria Ela Atienza.
“Malilito yung mga tao kasi ang inaasahan nila, may endorso ng 12. Ngayon kung may overlapping, mixed signals kasi magkaiba ng slate ang Presidente at ang anak nya,” Atienza told ABS-CBN News.
(People would be confused since they are expecting the administration to endorse only 12 candidates. Now there are overlapping endorsements and mixed signals from the President and his daughter since they have different slates.)
The President on Thursday formally endorsed 11 candidates for senator while Duterte-Carpio's regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, however, is endorsing 13 candidates for 12 posts.
Candidates that are both endorsed by the President and his daughter are Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, former police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, reelectionist Senators JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.
Folk singer Freddie Aguilar also enjoys the President's support. However, he is not included in the Hugpong slate.
Candidates endorsed by Hugpong who are excluded from the President's slate meanwhile are pork-tainted former senators Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla, as well as former journalist Jiggy Manicad.
"Nahahati tuloy ang mga supporters (Supporters are divided)," Atienza said.
Atienza, however, noted that it remains true that the President's endorsement could really boost a candidate's Senate bid.
-report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News