last desperate attempt to save themselves before their lot dies out
Too late in the game to do that anyway. If they'd had done that from the beginning of the game, they'd probably have more than just Mar Roxas and Bam Aquino as the only ones with statistical chances of winning.
Their "loss" of followers sounds exaggerated, but this happens to all people who achieved celebrity of a sort. Their popularity peaked during and immediate post-election, then its trickles down as people move on to other things they can vent their…
This rabbit hole only gets deeper. Former DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan III told Pia Morato that the father of said bully could possibly be a police 'scalawag.' The brother of said bully had just been expelled