‘Otso Diretso’ hits the streets of Caloocan City on first day of campaign
Marje Pelayo • February 12, 2019 • 2510
CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines — Opposition senators have begun their campaign trail on the streets of Caloocan City to reach out to the public and to know the issues which they want the future leaders to address.
They decided to do away with the traditional method of campaigning and conventional speeches.
“Nag-move on na ang taumbayan sa partido, sa kulay. Ang isyu nila, sino ang magbibigay pansin sa tao sa pangangailangan nila,” Senator Bam Aquino said of the people’s sentiments.
Joining Aquino in the opposition senatorial slate are Magdalo Party list Rep. Gary Alejano; Former Deputy Speaker Congressman Erin Tañada; Election Lawyer Romy Macalintal; Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay; Former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Samira Gutoc; and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.
Roxas was not able to join the first day of campaign because he preferred to go to Capiz as he traditionally does.
Other members denied the issue of disunity in the group with the absence of Roxas.
Roxas’ campaign manager Rep. Egay Erice said it was part of their political strategy.
“He will be there tomorrow. Mangyayari talaga na hindi nakakasama. That’s how it is,” explained Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
The group chose Caloocan City because it has recorded the highest number of victims of extrajudicial killings.
They claim that the opposition coalition in the 2019 election will be the referendum of the Duterte administration.
“Maraming victims ng war on drugs sa Camanava area – 157. Tuloy tuloy parin ang patayan,” noted Atty. Chel Diokno, one of the eight senatorial hopefuls.
The opposition group’s platform focuses on educational reform, security, justice system, women’s and senior citizens’ rights as well as farmers’ rights, economic progress and the country’s sovereign rights.
The group will have their grand launch on Wednesday (February 13) in Naga City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)
UPDATE: Congressman Kit Belmonte also has resigned as LP Secretary General.
Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan has resigned as Liberal Party (LP) president after holding himself accountable for the defeat of Otso Diretso in the elections.
“As campaign manager for the Otso Diretso slate, I was unable to ensure our victory in the elections and I therefore assume full responsibility for the outcome and hold myself primarily accountable for this defeat and have tendered my resignation as president of the LP effective June 30, 2019,” Pangilinan said in a news release.
Pangilinan already handed his resignation letter to LP Chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo.
MANILA, Philippines – Supporters of the opposition group on Friday questioned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on alleged anomalies in the May 13 midterm elections.
Members of Tindig Pilipinas and the Silent Majority gathered in front of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City where the Comelec is canvassing votes for the senatorial and party-list elections.
The groups were protesting the technical glitches that were encountered during the polls, such as defective secure digital (SD) cards and vote-counting machines (VCM), as well as the seven-hour delay in transmitting data from Comelec’s transparency server.
Members of said cause-oriented groups, who were chanting “what happened to the midterm elections, Comelec?” repeatedly during their picket, were also demanding the poll body to explain the alleged irregularities that cast doubts on the credibility of the midterm polls.
They also sought to question the poll body for its alleged mishandling and inaction of supposed anomalies observed, including the designation of Nacionalista Party as the minority party, the disenfranchisement of voters, and the “blatant commission” of pre-campaign and campaign violations of some candidates such as electioneering and vote-buying.
Malacañang is elated with the turn out of results for the administration senatorial bets in the 2019 Midterm Elections.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the election result is proof of the public’s positive response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal for support for the people whom he trusts to advocate the laws that the administration is pushing.
“The victory of the administration’s candidates and the shut out of the Otso Diretso candidates send a strong message that our people yearn for stability and continuity of the genuine reforms that the Administration started. They yearn for a constructive – not obstructionist – Senate which will help in crafting the President’s legislative agenda,” Panelo added.
Malacañang, nevertheless, has made the assurance that the Senate will remain independent although it would seem to consist mostly of President Duterte’s allies.
“No Senate has never been under any president. They always rise above parties and considerations where issues involve national interest, national security, and the interest of the Filipino people,” Panelo said.
The Palace official thanked the Otso Diretso candidates for the fair fight in the elections.
He, however, said that the administration hopes that the opposition will respect the decision of the people.
He added that while Malacañang expects the President’s critics to continue with their role as opposition, it also appeals to them to act in accordance with what the constitution provides. (with reports from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
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