Outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday said he was facilitating in moves by his chosen successor Manuel Roxas to work with rival candidates and team up to stop Rodrigo Duterte from winning next week’s election.
Aquino, who has served his maximum one term, said he had been talking regularly to Roxas, Miriam Santiago and Jejomar Binay and had exchanged text messages with Grace Poe, with a view to them joining forces to thwart the maverick southern mayor.
“I am trying to get all of these different voices together and in that sense, perhaps help our candidate get together and have that united front,” Aquino told CNN Philippines.
The final major opinion poll ahead of Monday’s vote showed Duterte widening his lead, with 33 percent of respondents in the Social Weather Station survey backing him.
(Reporting by Manila newsroom)
Source: Reuters world