Despite running an independent campaign devoid of printed posters and motorcades, former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano yet again emerged as one of the top three most preferred senatorial candidates in fresh voter preference poll results published on Tuesday.
“This is proof that people always appreciate values over campaigning na puro lip service lang. Again maraming salamat po sa inyong patuloy na pagtitiwala sa faith-based at values-oriented leadership,” Cayetano said.
The former Speaker came out in second place among the eight most preferred candidates for the Senate, according to the latest voter preference survey conducted by Publicus Asia between April 19 to 21.
The lawmaker garnered the support of 42.6 percent of voters polled despite running for the Senate without the usual campaign trappings of printed posters and leaflets, as well as sorties involving motorcades.
Instead, Cayetano has called on his supporters to reuse old campaign materials, plant trees and start urban gardens, and stage bike caravans in place of motorcades.
His call has been heeded by supporters across the country, who have conducted beach clean-ups and mangrove planting drives in La Union and Olongapo, among other locations.
Supporters have also staged at least three nationwide bike caravans in key cities and provinces all over the Philippines.
The former Speaker has also received endorsements from Filipino professional athletes, including members of the Philippine Basketball Association as well as the Philippine Volleyball Men’s and Women’s teams.
“Maraming salamat sa ating mga kababayan na patuloy na nagpapakita ng suporta para sa ating eco-friendly lead by example campaign. Kayo po ang nagpapatotoo na kaya natin ang ganitong klaseng kampanya,” Cayetano said.
The former Speaker said efforts like these have kept his campaign focused on the serious issue of environment protection, which is particularly important during the election season when tons of printed material end up as trash after the campaign period.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Filipino electorate for consistently putting him among the most preferred senatorial candidates throughout the campaign period.
“I have always trusted the Filipino people. They’ve always known what is best for them, and if I’m part of the preferred group, that’s always welcome news,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano has come out among the top preferred candidates in voter preference, placing at both the #1 spot and #2 positions repeatedly, since the campaign began in February.####