5 May 2019

ENDURINGLY optimistic of a last-minute victory, Liberal Party president and Otso Diretso campaign manager Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan vowed to fight it out to the end and push for the win of the eight opposition candidates running under the Otso Diretso coalition.

The Otso Diretso slate is composed of Gary Alejano, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal, Mar Roxas and Erin Tañada.

Guesting on the weekly service-oriented radio program of Vice President Leni Robredo, BISErbisyong Leni, on DZXL radio, Pangilinan said, “Ma’am, ako naniniwala, habang palapit nang palapit ang eleksyon, patindi nang patindi. In fact, yung ganun siguro, whether good or bad, ang ating mga kababayan, mahilig din sa last minute.”

Robredo is the current LP chairperson.

Pangilinan said he believes in the judgment of the Filipino voters, who should be given the opportunity to decide for themselves the candidates they want in the Senate.

He cited the victory of Robredo, who started at the bottom of the surveys when she ran for vice president in 2016, but was eventually seen by the people as the most worthy candidate, propelling her win. 

“Naniniwala ako iyong pagkapanalo ng ating Vice President sa huling banda ay dahil nga ang taong-bayan ang nagpasya, tinimbang nila, at nakita nilang karapat-dapat. At ganun din ang ating layunin dito po sa walo.Titimbangin sila. Pag tinimbang sila ng ating mga botante, eh palagay ko ay sasabihing husto. Tamang tama. Sapat na sapat,” Pangilinan said.

He said the Otso Diretso candidates will give their all in the final week of the campaign before the May 13 elections.

The final week will be used as an opportunity to reach out to as many people in their remaining sorties, so that the voters would be enlightened with the right choice for senators.

Pangilinan also cautioned against the spread of fake new and bogus social media accounts, which he said could intensify in the final stretch of the campaign aimed at discrediting the Otso Diretso bets.

“Pag ang taong-bayan ay mulat, pag ang taong-bayan ay nagiging mabusisi, mayroong pagbantay, ay talagang kahit na anong hindi magandang pangyayari, eh nababantayan at we can check it. Kaya nga very critical,” he said.

“Sa Otso Diretso, sa ating kampanya, totoong tao. Sa kanila trolls eh. Hindi totoong tao. Totoong tao sa atin. Halimbawa ang sa akin, I have 900,000 followers sa Twitter. Since 2009. So ibig sabihin, over time, na hindi yang mga troll na mga makina. At sinabi nga ng mga eksperto, the human spirit is at play. No machine, no paid troll, can compete with the human spirit na tunay na tao at organic,” Pangilinan said.

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