Roxas: Undecided voters are in our favor

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Administration bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said his fight to win the presidency will continue.

On Friday (May 6), Roxas invited Sen. Grace Poe to discuss about "national unity" and President Benigno Aquino III called for a united front against what he described as a future threat to democracy from presidential survey frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte.

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Poe answered Roxas, saying she is open to talks but insisted she wouldn't withdraw from the race.

"Nanawagan po tayo ng national unity, pero ito po ay binara ng ating kausap kaya hindi na natin malalaman kung ano kaya ang maaari maging kahihinatnan ng mga paguusap na 'yun," Roxas said on Saturday (May 7) in a press conference at the Liberal Party headquarters.

[Translation: We called for national unity, but this was rejected, so we won't know what could have been the outcome of those talks.]

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Roxas clarified that he sought out a discussion with Poe through the media for "transparency."

He also said it is clear that the election is not about him or any other candidate, rather about the Filipino people.

Democracy vs. dictatorship

Roxas continued saying there are glaring differences between him and Duterte, particularly having a better track record than the Davao City mayor.

He said Duterte is about dictatorship, and even touched on the issue of the mayor's bank accounts.

"Hindi pa nakaupo hindi na maipaliwanag yung kayamanan na nasa bank accounts niya," he said.

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Roxas stressed the elections is a fight between democracy and dictatorship.

"Malinaw kung saan niya tayo dadalhin. Tayo naman malinaw na hindi natin gusto ito. Malinaw na gusto natin magpatuloy ang demokrasya, malinaw na gusto natin na may kalayaan," he said.

[Translation: It is clear where he intends to lead us. For us, it is clear that we don't want that. It is clear that we want democracy to continue, clear that we want freedom.]

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Come election day, the LP standard bearer believes Filipinos will make the right choice in choosing him.

"Kumpyansa po tayo na mananalo tayo," he said. "'Yung mga undecided ay pabor po sa atin."

[Translation: We are confident that we will win. The undecided voters are in our favor.]

He also assured people that "the best is yet to come."