Campaign Trail: May 5

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Here's the latest from the campaign trail on Thursday (May 5).

Survey front-runner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took his campaign to Marinduque. A large crowd met Duterte in the province dominated by Liberal Party officials. This was his last campaign rally before his miting de avance on Saturday (May 7) at Luneta.

Opposition bet Vice President Jejomar Binay returned to Cavite, the stronghold of the Remullas who earlier dumped him for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Despite the absence of the Remullas, hundreds of locals still welcomed Binay and his senate slate. Cavite has the most number of registered voters in Luzon with more than 1.8 million voters. He remains confident that he will win on May 9 despite low ranking in recent pre-election surveys.

Sen. Grace Poe faced the media in Makati to address critical issues of her candidacy. Among those she is seeking to clarify are speculations she is withdrawing from the race. Poe admitted getting text messages from people, inquiring if she is giving way to her rivals, to stand a better chance of winning against Duterte. Poe denied that, also stepping up the attack against other candidates.

The Liberal Party's Manuel "Mar" Roxas and Rep. Leni Robredo made the rounds in Bicol. The two visited towns in Catanduanes, Sorsogon, and Albay to woo voters. They also held a rally in Robredo's hometown of Naga City. In between sorties, Roxas could't help but take a swipe at rival Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over the mayor's links to the Communist Party of the Philippines. As far as Roxas is concerned, it's now a close fight between the LP tandem against Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., or a fight between democracy and martial law.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago resumed her campus tours, this time visiting students of the country's oldest university. Loud cheers and a standing ovation welcomed Santiago at the University of Santo Tomas. She entertained them with her pick-up lines. But she turned serious when she talked about election issues and the administration's failure to deliver on its promise of a clean government. Santiago also said she fears of widespread cheating and a dangerous election.

Meanwhile, Santiago's running mate, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. held his miting de avance on Thursday night in Mandaluyong City. Marcos thanked the Iglesia ni Cristo for choosing him. Reports say the religious group has chosen him and Duterte, although the group says it will not release an official statement. He also said he's ready to work with whoever wins as president.