The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accused President Benigno Aquino III of orchestrating a last ditch demolition job against the lone presidential bet from Mindanao in an effort to thwart his victory.
“(Senator Antonino) Trillanes is but a pawn. The brain behind is Malacanang,” Duterte campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr. said Saturday, just 9 days before the elections.
“The Aquino administration is bent on thwarting a victory by Duterte. It is desperately trying to save the candidacy of Mar Roxas and is poised to employ all means, including massive cheating, to maintain the status quo,” Evasco explained.
“They made the election a very dirty political exercise. They want it confined among the elite. They cannot stomach an outsider, one who has captivated the imagination of the people but does not come from their ranks,” the former rebel priest added.
Evasco said they have been expecting black propaganda to become more vicious and intense as Duterte began to rise in the surveys.
On Friday, Pulse Asia released the result of its April 19-24 survey on voter preference.
Duterte is keeping a tight grip of the lead in voter preference at 33 percent, 11 percentage points ahead of Senator Grace Poe who only has 22 percent.
Administration candidate Mar Roxas, who Aquino has endorsed and has been personally campaigning hard, is trailing back with 20 percent.
“Aquino and Roxas both belong to the landed elite who only have contempt against the majority of Filipinos clamoring for genuine and real change,” Evasco said.
One does not have to go beyond and behind recent history, he added.
“During the watch of Pnoy and Roxas, we saw how they remorselessly sacrificed the lives of our gallant police officers in Mamasapano,” Evasco reminded the country.
“When hungry farmers demanded rice because the severe drought is killing their children, they answered back by firing at the protesters and in the process killing 3 and wounding scores of others. It was an exercise of brutal state euthanasia,” he exclaimed.
The Duterte strategist said “for the first time, people have rallied behind a man – a leader – who is giving them hope.”
This, he added, is bringing “fear into the senses of the Aquino government and their minions.”
That is the reason why they unleashed Trillanes who he called as a failed putschists and a reckless mercenary of the Aquino government.