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Presidential candidate Senator Manny Pacquiao has appealed to his fellow candidates to stop fighting each other and instead become example leaders.
"At the end of the day ang taumbayan ang pipili kung sino ang iboboto nila,” Pacquiao said. “Di natin kailangan mag-away. Dapat magka-isa tayo being an example, maging halimbawa tayo na leader na ang isang leader ginagawa unity at pagkakaisa.”
On Easter Sunday, national candidates held a joint press conference where one of the participants, Mayor Isko Moreno, called for Vice President Leni Robredo’s withdrawal from the campaign.
Moreno also challenged the camp of the VP to deny his claim that it was them who first attempted to make him and other candidates withdraw from the May 9 polls.
In a statement, the mayor even called Robredo the “godmother of bullies” and “matapobre.”
On the other hand, Pacquiao in a statement reminded voters to not reelect corrupt candidates.
"Napakalaking tanga naman talaga ng isang tao na ninakawan ka na iboboto mo pa ’yun. I’m talking about generally ah, national down to local. Kasi ’yan ang cancer ng bansa, ’yang korapsyon. ’Yan ang kanser na nagpapahirap sa taumbayan na nagpapahirap sa bansa natin tapos di tayo magising," Pacquiao explained.