OPPOSITION COALITION | LP’s Otso Diretso kicks off campaign in Caloocan City sans Mar Roxas
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FEBRUARY 12, 2019 — The Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso kicked off their campaign going door-to-door and personally introducing themselves to residents of Caloocan City.
The Otso Diretso slate is composed of reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, civil society leader Samira Gutoc and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who skipped the event.
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The group admits it will be an uphill battle in winning the midterm polls.
“We do recognize the value of social media but we do understand that elections are done offline. ‘Yung mga tao naka-offline sila kapag kinukumbinse and social media can be fraught with certain dangers kaya naman ‘yung kampanya namin talagang babang-baba, diretso at sadsad na sadsad sa mga communities,” Hilbay said.
Roxas, meanwhile, conducted his own campaign event in Capiz, Roxas City.
“Sa tingin ko hindi dapat maging issue sa grupo ng Otso Diretso. Kasi kami may kanya-kanyang pinanggalingan. Even before the campaign, ‘di kami kumpleto kasi may kanya-kanyang din kaming commitment,” Alejano said.
“Pero ‘pag sinabi niyong hindi kami united, united ang aming mensahe. It just so happened na may kanya-kanya kaming personality but I would like to assure you when it comes sa kapakanan ng ating bansa, sama-sama ang Otso Diretso,” he added.
Macalintal, on the other hand, asked for the people’s trust despite Roxas’ absence.
“Ipagkatiwala niyo sa amin kung sakali wala ang isa ay hindi dahil hindi nagkakaisa. Otherwise, hindi naman kami magsasama-sama dito kung di namin gusto ang bawa’t isa. You can assure this is a united group,” Macalintal said.
Diokno meanwhile said the decision to start off their campaign in Caloocan was symbolic.
“It’s quiet symbolic that we are doing the launch here especially because there have been so many victims of EJK in the Camanava area,” Diokno said.
Members of the Otso Diretso also believe that the 2019 elections will serve as a form of referendum for the Duterte administration which they criticize as having an anti-poor agenda.
“Ngayon natin malalaman kung ang taong bayan ay gusto ‘yung ganitong pamamalakad o hindi, kaya tingin ko referendum po ito ng Duterte administration,” Tañada said.
“We should oppose all the policies that are detriment of the people,” Gutoc said.