“‘Am I running, am I not running?’ So we really have to hand it to them that they mounted a better campaign. It was the right tone, right messaging at the right time,” Aquino said.
Duterte kept the public guessing about his electoral plans even when he had filed his certificate of candidacy for reelection in October 2015. Two months later, he changed his mind and filed another COC as the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban’s) substitute candidate for president.
During the campaign, LP advised Duterte to stop being “pabebe” after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junked the disqualification cases against him.
“Pabebe” is the colloquial term for someone who tries to act cute. The administration standard bearer, Mar Roxas, placed second to Duterte in the presidential race, garnering some 9.9 million votes as against the latter’s 16.6 million votes.
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