Malacañang 'brain' behind BPI account issue — Duterte camp

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Davao (CNN Philippines) — The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accused President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of orchestrating a last ditch "demolition job" against the lone presidential bet from Mindanao in an effort to prevent his victory.

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“(Sen. Antonio) Trillanes is but a pawn. The brain behind is Malacañang,” Duterte campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr. said Saturday (April 30), just nine days before the May 9 elections.

Evasco stressed that the current administration has become "desperate" in redeeming the candidacy of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.

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“The Aquino administration is bent on thwarting a victory by Duterte," said Evasco. "It is desperately trying to save the candidacy of Mar Roxas and is poised to employ all means, including massive cheating, to maintain the status quo.”

“They made the election a very dirty political exercise. They want it confined among the elite. They cannot stomach an outsider, one who has captivated the imagination of the people but does not come from their ranks,” he added.

Black propaganda becoming more vicious

A former rebel priest, Evasco said they have been expecting "black propaganda" to become more vicious and intense as Duterte began to rise in the surveys.

On Friday (April 29), Pulse Asia released the result of its April 19 to April 24 survey on voter preference.

Duterte is keeping a tight grip of the lead in voter preference at 33 percent, 11 percentage points ahead of Sen. Grace Poe who has 22 percent.

Roxas, whom the President has been campaigning for, is trailing behind at 20 percent.

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But, for Evasco, one does not have to go beyond and behind recent history to realize the kind of governance that the current administration has portrayed.

“During the watch of Pnoy (Aquino) and Roxas, we saw how they remorselessly sacrificed the lives of our gallant police officers in Mamasapano,” Evasco said.

“When hungry farmers demanded rice because the severe drought is killing their children, they answered back by firing at the protesters and in the process killing three and wounding scores of others.  It was an exercise of brutal state euthanasia.”

Tagging administration allies as "minions", Evasco said Duterte supporters have found a leader who gives them hope.

"For the first time, people have rallied behind a man — a leader — who is giving them hope... [bringing] fear into the senses of the Aquino government and their minions,” claimed Evasco.