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The campaign trail can be gruelling for both candidates and the reporters who cover them.
Hours are spent under the scorching heat as the presidential hopeful tours one barangay after another to talk to voters and to leave them with a shirt or two.
Vice President Jejomar Binay is no stranger to this. He takes pride that despite being the oldest presidential candidate, he seems to be among the youngest in terms of stamina.
At a campaign sortie in Caloocan City earlier this week, the United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer even showed off a tan line on his wrist, which he got from doing his rounds across the country.
“‘Yun ang sabi ko, ilan sa inyo ang nagkasakit? ‘Yung mga kalaban ko, isang oras lang o kung hindi isang oras, kalahating araw lang. E ako, walang nakakagawa, pati gabi nangampanya tayo, ‘di ba?” Binay told reporters while removing his pedometer, which, sources close to him say, would register up to 30,000 steps a day.
(That’s what I’ve been saying. How many of you have gotten sick? My opponents would spend only an hour or just half a day campaigning. Nobody has been able to do what I have been able to do, we campaign even in the evening, right?)
Several journalists who follow Binay have already gotten sick trying to keep up with the Vice President, whose daily campaign routine involves motorcades and rallies that would last for more than 12 hours on some days. (READ: The return of the ‘juggernaut’? What Binay needs to do to win)
“Ito na pala ang magiging issue (This will be the issue now),” quipped Binay as he obliged one cameraman’s request for him to raise his wrist higher.
“Sir, ‘yan ang makakapagpanalo sa inyo (Sir, this will make you win),” joked another reporter.
After leading election surveys, Binay now has dropped to third place, tying with Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas in the latest ABS-CBN poll. They trail behind second-placer Senator Grace Poe, and solo leader Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Will Binay’s persistent ground campaigning bring him back on top? – Mara Cepeda/Rappler.com