manny pinol & mayor rodrigo duterte
manny pinol & mayor rodrigo duterte

A Mindanao political leader said Mar Roxas, the presidential bet of the administration, could not win in Mindanao because he fails to “capture the imagination of the people.”

The dismal assessment of the chances of the candidate of the Liberal Party was expressed by former North Cotabato Governor Manny Pinol when  asked if Roxas would get the Mindanao vote if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would not run for president in the 2016 elections.

Pinol, among key Mindanao politicians pushing Duterte to run, earlier said Mindanaoans would be a solid vote for Duterte if the feisty mayor, a top contender in surveys on voters’ presidential preference, would run.

Duterte has kept to himself his final plan, leaving Pinol and other supporters in limbo. He has however repeatedly said that he was not interested in the top Malacanang post.

The latest survey by Pulse Asia  showed that Mindanaoans would vote for Duterte after independent candidate Senator Grace Poe with Vice Vice President Jejomar Binay the third choice and Roxas landing at the fourth spot.

The Duterte votes would go to Binay, said Pinol in an interview by ABS/CBN’s DXAB radio in Davao City on October 9.

Explaining why the votes would not go to Roxas or Poe, Pinol said public perception and upbringing of the two candidates would impact on voters’ choice. He said the two are perceived as distances away from the poor.

Mar and Grace are “silver spoon and aircon” babies who because of their upbringing could not empathize with the poor.

When they grew up they only had maids and drivers they could push around, he said, adding both have no contact whatever with poverty during their childhood.

Roxas is a product of the landed Roxas clan of Aklan and the ultra-rich Araneta family of Quezon City.

Poe, the adopted daughter of the late action king Fernando Poe Jr and actress Susan Roces, is of the same upbringing.

Pinol was harsher on Roxas.

He has never captured the imagination of the Filipinos, he said when asked about Roxas’ chances.

Further firing from the hip verbal missiles at Roxas, Pinol said people should know more about how the former Interior Secretary treats his people with his temper.

Maids, drivers, people under him, they have lots of stories to tell, said Pinol.

Roxas has served three presidents: Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino.

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