Salceda: Noynoy to become country’s 1st majority president after Edsa ’86
By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—With the surveys showing him leading in the presidential race, Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is on his way to becoming the country’s first majority President since the return of democracy in 1986, Albay Governor Joey Salceda said.
“Noynoy will be the first majority president after 1986. That is what we see and it will be good for the economy,” Salceda, a former economic adviser of President Macapagal-Arroyo, said in a press conference Monday.
“A landslide victory of Noynoy Aquino probably offers the best prospect for the Philippine economy,” he added.
Aquino also said that it would be “very difficult” for his competitors to catch up with his lead with only seven days left before Election Day.
“Is there a possibility of losing? You know, that 20-percent spread—can I just round it off? It’s 19 but if I can beg you the one percent—the 20 percent in a 40 million turnout translates into about 8 million advance. So, they have to recover 8 million and then they have to add more votes on top of the eight million to overcome our lead,” Aquino said.
“And with five days left in the campaign, that’s practically two million votes a day that they will have to be getting and I think that’s very difficult,” he added.