WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will visit Mindoro morning Wednesday, April 20, before heading to Batangas in the late afternoon for a grand rally with his vice presidential bet Sara Duterte.
These stops follow the front runner dropping four points in Balance Luzon in the March survey of Pulse Asia.
Marcos will be in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro in the morning, and then in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro after lunch.
Duterte, on the other hand, will be making several stops in Batangas before meeting Marcos in Lipa at 4:30 pm for a grand rally. This is Marcos’ fourth return to Batangas, a province of 1.8 million voters and where Vice President Leni Robredo won by a margin of 253,000 in 2016.
Marcos and Duterte will continue their Calabarzon leg Thursday, April 21, in Laguna, a province of 2 million voters. Marcos won Laguna by a margin of 50,000 in 2016. The Uniteam is scheduled for a 6pm grand rally in Biñan.
Marcos, Duterte in Biñan
Marcos and Duterte now here in Biñan. pic.twitter.com/hTk9PgAwIy— Lian Buan (@lianbuan) April 21, 2022
No need for President Duterte to endorse Marcos – Panelo
Pres Rodrigo Duterte is in Silang, Cavite at the moment for the PNPA graduation rites, while his daughter Sara and Bongbong Marcos are in neighboring Laguna. Yesterday, Panelo was in Batangas for Uniteam rally and insisted there's no need for Pres Duterte to endorse Marcos https://t.co/JHdruvUXo4— Lian Buan (@lianbuan) April 21, 2022
Uniteam’s 4th swing around vote-rich Laguna province
Uniteam makes 4th visit to Laguna, 4th most vote rich province with 2 million votes up for grabs. Marcos won here by a margin of 50k over Robredo in 2016. Sara Duterte has a solo event at the local Mercado sortie in San Pedro, before the Biñan grand rally later @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/u8Q5PHbKJ6— Lian Buan (@lianbuan) April 21, 2022
Marcos dodges quick question by media
Reporters had a really hard time earlier trying to enter through the backstage even though we have Uniteam IDs. BBC's @Howardrjohnson stayed outside and managed to ask Marcos "are you hiding something from the public?" It went unanswered. | via @lianbuan https://t.co/LrDLIbnYGy— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) April 20, 2022
Marcos maintains ‘unity’ message amidst electricity problems in Mindoro
In Mindoro where power outage is a problem, Marcos says he will address electricity if he wins president. He still wraps it up by saying all hurdles will be overcome with unity – a branding that has worked for him if survey results are indications.— Lian Buan (@lianbuan) April 20, 2022
Marcos gets support of Occidental Mindoro gov
Marcos is in Mamburao, Occ Mindoro now, a province of 313,427 voters which Robredo won in 2016 or 79,411 votes vs Marcos' 57,115. Mimaropa went to Robredo as a region in 2016, but Marcos has local support now including Occ Mindoro Gov Eduardo Gadiano— Lian Buan (@lianbuan) April 20, 2022
📸 Uniteam Livestream pic.twitter.com/mXX2jrjXke
Mimaropa, Calabarzon crucial spots
Mindoro and Batangas are strategic spots, consistent to the strategy of Marcos to consolidate his votes in Luzon, making up more than half of total national voter population. In Balance Luzon, Marcos dropped four points in the March Pulse Asia survey, while Vice President Leni Robredo gained her biggest increase of 14 points here.
Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, both of which Marcos will visit, have a combined 877,550 voters. The entire region of Mimaropa only has 1.99 million voters, but Robredo won the region in 2016. In the latest Pulse Asia survey, Marcos dropped 8 points in Mimaropa, while Robredo gained 20 points. Marcos is still ahead however at 51-27.
Calabarzon too is crucial, being the top vote-rich region with a total voter population of 9.1 million. In the March survey of Pulse Asia, Marcos dropped 13 points here. This development made him and Robredo statistically tied in the region at 38-37.
The Marcos numbers dipped even though three governors in the region vowed to support him – Hermilando Mandanas of Batangas, Jonvic Remulla of Cavite and Danilo Suarez of Quezon.