Teves confident he can deliver most of Negros Oriental votes to Pacquiao
DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines — Negros Oriental 3nd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. is confident he can deliver most of the province’s votes to his ally, presidential candidate Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Teves on Saturday claimed that he has the support of most of the Negros Oriental towns and he is confident that voters will listen to him and vote for Pacquiao in the May 9 polls.
”Alam niyo naman medyo idol idol ako dito sa social media diba. Ako na ‘yung pinaka maraming influencers dito. Makikinig din naman sa akin ‘yun diba. So yun na yun, ganun lang kasimple ‘yun,” he said in a press briefing here.
(You know, I’m a bit of an idol here in social media. I’m the one who has the most influencers here. I think they will listen to me. So that’s that. That’s how simple it is.)
Negros Oriental has over 900,000 voters while Dumaguete has about 90,000 voters, according to the Commission on Elections.
“I promise you, Manny will be number one here, 1,000 percent. You’ll see the crowd later,” Teves said.
“Popularity wise, wala nang mas popular kay Sen (Pacquiao), hindi ba? Sa kabaitan, wala na yatang mas mabait kay Sen. Ewan ko kung may mas malinis pa kay Sen,” he added.
“And here, I’ve been going around, karamihan maka-Manny. Lalo na iyong mga taong hindi nabibilang sa survey,” the lawmaker further said.
Teves vowed to deliver a similar victory that he was able to achieve for Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections.
“In the past election, ang hirap papanalunin si Mar Roxas diba. Ako nagdala kay Mar Roxas, naalaala niyo. Napapanalo ko si Mar Roxas dito. E si Manny pa ang dali dalhin. Ganun lang kadali ‘yun,” he said.
(In the past election, I endorsed Mar Roxas and he won here. With Manny Pacquiao, it’s easy to have him win here.)
Aside from Teves, the solon’s brother, former congressman and incumbent Bayawan Mayor Pryde Henry Teves has pledged Pacquiao a win here. The local executive is a leading candidate for governor of Negros Oriental.
Pacquiao is set to hold a grand rally here at the Rusi Ball Park.
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