Isko Moreno, Lacson camps blame media questions for 'anti-Robredo' tenor of Easter Sunday presser | Inquirer News

Isko Moreno, Lacson camps blame media questions for ‘anti-Robredo’ tenor of Easter Sunday presser

/ 01:02 PM April 18, 2022
(L-R) Philippine presidential candidates Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso, known by his screen name Isko Moreno, former defence secretary Norberto Gonzales, and senator Panfilo Lacson hold a press conference at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City, suburban Manila on April 17, 2022. - Three rivals of Philippine presidential candidate Leni Robredo on April 17 refused to back her campaign, dousing speculation they would withdraw from the race to improve her chances of defeating the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo by Maria Tan / AFP)

Presidential candidates (from left)  Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, known by his screen name Isko Moreno; former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, and Sen. Panfilo Lacson hold a press conference at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati on April 17, 2022. (Photo by MARIA TAN / Agence France-Presse)

MANILA, Philippines — The respective camps of presidential bets Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday were quick to point to the questions posed by media for the supposed anti-Robredo tenor of their Easter Sunday press conference.

Moreno and Lacson, along with former National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, earlier held a press briefing to announce that they will not back out of the presidential race despite alleged calls from the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo.

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In the same breath, the three candidates turned the table and asked for the withdrawal of Robredo, currently ranking number 2 in presidential surveys, albeit a far second to frontrunner, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“Du’n naman napunta ang discussion primarily because of the questions of the media. Du’n naman kasi dinadala ng media. (The discussion took that turn because of the questions of the media). There would have been a lot more substantive issues that could have been discussed,” Ashley Acedillo, Lacson’s spokesperson, said on ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart.

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Ernest Ramel, chair of Moreno’s party Aksyon Demokratiko, also shared the same view.

“That’s why it went to that conversation na naging (that seemed) anti-Leni Robredo na tuloy. This was the media who put those questions in and eventually of course, ‘yung mga sentiments ng candidates came out about her,” said Ramel.

“It was that way because the questions by the media, they kept on pounding on the issue on Vice President Leni Robredo, that’s why the gentlemen obliged them by answering what they really felt,” he added.

Ramel likewise stressed that some media are framing the presidential elections as a two-way race between former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Robredo.

“Ang ginagawa kasi ngayon (What they are doing), I’m sorry, some of the media people are framing it as a two-way race. Napaka- (very) unfair,” he said.

Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, Marcos leads the presidential preference, followed by Robredo.

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