Senate hopeful Elmer Francisco not deterred by low survey rank

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2019 11:13 AM | Updated as of May 03 2019 11:15 AM

MANILA - With just 10 days before the 2019 midterm elections, Senate bet Elmer Francisco is still hoping of winning one of 12 seats in the upper house despite not being even close to the top 15 candidates in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

"Parating merong chance, though sinasabi nating very slim, but we are here to make a difference," Francisco said in an interview on ANC's Headstart on Friday.

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Francisco said he is not giving up despite the recent Pulse Asia voter preference survey released on Tuesday that placed him in the 41-60 rank.

Out of the 1,800 adults polled by Pulse Asia, only 0.9 percent said they would vote for Francisco.

"I don't look at it. I do not compete, I create. Builders kami ng jeepneys. We do not compete, we build our own. When I campaign, I do my best, give service to the people and I'm not comparing notes with other politicians," he said.

Francisco's family owns Francisco Motors, one of the manufacturers of the iconic Philippine jeepney.

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He admitted to spending a few millions in the campaign but has avoided traditional and expensive campaigning.

"If we do traditional campaigning, we won't stand a chance against traditional politicians," he said. Francisco is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

He is banking on the support of transport groups who promised to take his campaign to their passengers. He said there are about 80 million Filipinos who ride the jeepney everyday.

"Yung mga transport group na nag-convince sa akin na tumakbo, they volunteered to campaign for me to their passengers everyday," he said.

If he wins, Francisco said he will push for national industrialization and federalism.

This is not the first time that Francisco joined politics. In 2013, he ran but lost in the mayoral race in Cagayan de Oro.

"Isa sa prinsipyo ko is you never give up," he said.