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Mar Roxas headed for another election heartbreak

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Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas reacts to a question during the Harapan 2019 Senatorial Town Hall Debate at ABS-CBN on February 24, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Opposition senatorial candidate Mar
Roxas was headed towards a third consecutive loss in a national election, with
nearly 93 percent of votes counted on Tuesday.

Roxas, who turned 62 on Monday, saw his survey ranking drop in
the weeks leading to the midterm vote. He lost to President Rodrigo Duterte in
2016 and to Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2010.

Roxas ranked 16th with 9,427,966 votes as of
5:20 a.m., with 92.89 percent of votes tallied by the Commission on Elections
transparency server. 

Based on the last pre-election survey of
Pulse Asia conducted May 3 to 6, Roxas was projected to rank 16th to 17th. Only
Sen. Bam Aquino had a statistical chance of winning among the opposition Otso
Diretso candidates. 

Roxas was roughly 4 million votes behind
Aquino, Senators JV Ejercito and Nancy Binay and former Sen. Bong Revilla, who
were slugging it out for the last slots in the winners’ circle of 12, based on
the partial and unofficial count. 

According to a study by the Philippine
Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)
 on political ads,
Roxas was the top spender on political advertisements from the start of the
campaign period on February 12 until April 30. He was estimated to have spent
at least P231 million (assuming discounted ad spending) during this period. 


Fake news and trolls that targeted Roxas for
the government’s slow response to Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 and
the death of 44 police commandos in a 2015 misencounter weighed on his
candidacy, his campaign manager, Edgar Erice, told ABS-CBN News before Monday’s

At the time of the two tragedies, Roxas was
interior secretary to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, his 2010
running mate. Roxas dropped his presidential bid in 2010 to give way to Aquino.

“Naglalabas kami ng mga sagot pero
massive ‘yung machinery nung mga trolls, mga bashers e so minamanage na lang as
much as we can,” Erice said.

(We answered the allegations but the trolls and bashers machinery is massive so we managed it as much as we can.) In April, Roxas attributed his survey decline to his 20-day absence on the campaign trail to take care of his twin children, who were born via surrogacy in the US. (ABS-CBN News)

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