President Benigno Aquino III’s anointed successor might not have won as president, but he knows how to give credit where it’s due. In an interview with social news site Rappler, Aquino admitted Duterte’s team came up with a “very masterful way” of communicating with the electorate in the run up to the May 9 elections.

“‘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.

Source: Politics

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