Binay returns to Cavite after reports of Remullas 'dumping' him

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VP Binay returned to Cavite and said the real survey would be on election day.

Cavite (CNN Philippines)  —  Hundreds of Caviteños still welcomed Vice President Jejomar Binay on his return to Cavite on Thursday (May 5), despite reports saying the powerful Remulla clan of Cavite had dumped Binay in favor of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Binay and his senate slate, including Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao went around Dasmariñas, General Trias, and Rosario.

Despite the absence of the Remullas who used to accompany Binay in Cavite, people still patiently waited for Binay's motorcade, waiving to him, taking photos, and running after free campaign shirts.

Cavite has the most number of registered voters here in Luzon with more than 1.8 million voters.

In Dasmariñas, Binay was joined by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) vice mayoral candidate Jess Frani.

In a speech, Binay spent most of his time campaigning against Duterte.

"Ang ikinakampanya dito sa Cavite ay mamamatay-tao, ang pinapatay ay mahihirap. Di tayo papayag dyan," Binay said.

[Translation: "They are campaigning here for my rival who is anti-poor, someone who executes the poor."]

Speaking with reporters, Binay admitted he would lose some votes in Cavite after the Remullas dumped him for Duterte. But he said when you lose some, he'd also gain some.

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Binay also remained confident that he would win in May 9 despite recent pre-election surveys which showed that he only ranked fourth in the presidential race, saying the real survey to watch out for was the outcome of the elections.

Meanwhile, the vice president's daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, said she believed history would repeat itself in the 2016 elections.

A dark horse in the 2010 vice presidential election, Binay's number spiked at the final stretch of the campaign.

Senator Binay also doubted if the big turnout of supporters in the rally of other presidential candidates could be actually converted to votes  —  saying there were those who would show up at gatherings but would eventually not turn up at the polling precincts.

The vice president's camp also told opponents not to celebrate yet as the fight  is not yet over.

UNA officials said they believed that the election would be a tight race, but their organization on the ground would help seal Binay's victory.

With May 9 fast approaching, UNA President Toby Tiangco said there would be no letup in their efforts to communicate Binay's message of hope and positive change.

Tiangco said he expected support for Binay to pour in come election day.

"We are strongest when we stand together," he said.

Likewise, Binay's campaign spokesperson Rico Quicho said the surveys did not capture the intense ground campaigning by Binay's supporters and parallel groups nationwide.

Quicho explained these efforts intensified after April 29, the last day some surveys were held.

Quicho argued the final push by Binay's supporters in the final week of the campaign period through motorcades, house to house campaign, and sectoral events like the Indigenous People's Summit in Cagayan de Oro spell, would victory.

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