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Otso Diretso accepts candidates’ defeat

Otso Diretso accepts candidates’ defeat

  • Opposition Senate bets out of top 12 in unofficial poll results
  • Mar Roxas needs 4.5 million to win
  • Bam Aquino needs at least 300,000

Otso Diretso is an electoral alliance of political parties in the 2019 Philippine general elections that were opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s ideologies.

It is a slate of eight candidates (otso translates as eight) for the Philippine Senate.

They were considered underdogs coming in to the elections. While Otso Diretso had thousands of volunteers, it did not have the support of the ruling party, which was probably why they did not win. No more than 5 mayors endorsed Otso Diretso in the midterm polls.

UP Islamic Studies professor Julkipli Wadi said,”If you minus Duterte from the equation, may laban talaga ang Otso Diretso dahil mga baguhan din yung nasa administration.” He also stated that even with former President Aquino’s and Robredo’s support, Otso Diretso would still get nowhere.

The rest of the Otso Diretso slate were outside the top 20: human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano, peace advocate Samira Gutoc, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, human rights lawyer and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada, and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

Gutoc posted a 35 second clip thanking her fans and the support she got from them

“I’m alright despite what happened. Ganun naman talaga e. It’s like my 3 bar exams. To everyone who helped me, who voted for me thank you talaga. Saludo po sa Pilipinas!

Pilo Hilbay, who finished at 29th tweeted.” Mga kababayan, one of the great privileges of my life was having to campaign for you & w/ you. Maraming kwento ng kampanya: stories of hope, inspiration, commitment, grit, generosity, & grace, bound together by love of country. These, we must remember. Salamat sa inyong lahat!

At the 21st is Diokno, who also tweeted about the loss.

Muli, sa lahat ng kapwa ko Pilipino, salamat sa inyo.”

Atty. Romulo Macalintal said thank you for the support as he ends his political career.

“It is clear that a great majority of our voters have chosen other candidates. And I respect their decision as I concede defeat in this senatorial race. Sa ating mga senior citizens at mga persons with disability, salamat sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin.”

Erin Tañada also conceded, and said, “Oo nga, we would concede the elections but never our principles, tuloy ang laban.”

Administration candidates dominated the polls and surveys done by Pulse Asia, that alone already said a lot about the outcome. The only one who made it was Bam Aquino, and he had a hard time winning a seat.

Vice President Leni Robredo was not ready to give up though, as she showed optimism throughout all this.

““May laban pa tayong hinaharap. Hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, at kailangan pang bantayan.” 

Kiko Pangilinan is also waiting until everything has been counted and is relying on the 3 million left.

They did not expect to make it this far.  According to their spokeperson, the party expected only Aquino and Roxas to make it. They themselves were not even confident with the other candidates.

The way things are going, it looks like Roxas is not going to make it, as he needs 4.5 million to win. While Aquino needs over 300,000.

Otso Diretso blamed their subpar performance on the fact that they lacked resources and political machinery, which the administration has access to.

The administration party already played early by posting posters and signs, even before the official race started.

Even with all that, the Senate will remain independent, and do not expect that they will side with the President in all issues.

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Ogie Diaz speaks up on celeb who endorse politicians, he calls it as ‘Hanapbuhay’

Ogie Diaz speaks up on celeb who endorse politicians, he calls it as ‘Hanapbuhay’

  • Ogie Diaz frankly speaks regarding celebrities endorsing politicians in the upcoming midterm elections.
  • One or two appearances may be free but for those who are always present in most of the campaigned, he believed that they are paid.
  • Celebrities can support their candidates at the same time they are earning.

There are some celebrities who endorse politician during the campaign period which can influence the voters to choose the candidates because of their favorite celebrities.

Some of the netizens wonder if these celebrities are voluntarily endorsing the politician or they are just being paid.

On May 8, the actor and talent manager Ogie Diaz gets frank on his Facebook post regarding celebrities endorsing politicians in the upcoming midterm elections. As for him, one or two appearances may be free but for those who are always present in most of the campaigned, he believed that they are paid.

“Pag once or twice lang nakita sa campaign sorties, baka pwedeng libre lang yon. Pero kung lahat ng entablado, nakasampa ang artista, juice ko, prangkahan na tayo, kailangan din namang mabuhay ng mga artista. Hanapbuhay pa din yan. Peak season ang campaign period. Kitaan yan ng datung, kaya MERONG KITA diyan. At kalakaran na yon.”

Diaz also said regarding those celebrities who appeared on political advertisements that some of them showed support for free but some were also paid especially when the candidate believes the celebrity could help them garnered more votes; it really depends on the celebrity.

At the end of the day, celebrities can support their candidates at the same time they are earning.

“Well, depende yan. Pwedeng malaki bayad, dahil naniniwala yung kandidato na makakahatak ng boto yung artista. Pwede din namang pro bono o libre lang yung artista kasi naniniwala siya sa ipinaglalaban ng kandidato. Pero at the end of the day, mas masarap mag-endorso ng kandidatong gusto mo na, kumita ka pa.”

Diaz is also Liza Soberano’s talent manager; he also mentioned that there were a lot of politicians asking for Liza’s endorsement.

“Dami nag-aalok. Laki pa ng offer,” he said. “Pero siguro, hindi pa sa ngayon. Baka someday or sa next election.”

On his post, he also mentioned his owned senatorial bets which included lawyer Florin “Pilo” Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Chel Diokno, and Bam Aquino, as well as Dr. Willie Ong and Neri Colmenares.

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Bam Aquino Clears Muslim ID Issue: For Safety and Services, Not Discrimination

Bam Aquino Clears Muslim ID Issue: For Safety and Services, Not Discrimination

  • Bam Aquino on national ID system
  • National ID System in PH is for government’s services and safety

As the issues of National ID System rose, Senator Bam Aquino takes a stand for the government. He clarified in a report that it should be used for ‘government services and to promote safety, not to encourage discrimination’.

bam aquino on national id system

It is remembered that Aquino filed Senate Bill 917 or the Filipino Identification System Act. The bill aims to establish a unified identification system in the country that can be used as a requirement in any government transaction. The proposed ID system will be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

“This ​should pave the way to more effective ways of delivering government services such as anti-poverty programs and other social services to improve the quality of life for all. Let’s not allow it to be used as a tool for discrimination,” he said–encouraging everyone to put their guards down.

On Muslim discrimination issue

“Singling Muslims out, giving them an ID and branding them as a potential threat will not make our communities safer. It will only sow animosity,” Bam firmly believes.

Aquino was forced to express his sentiments after the DILG and police chief De La Rosa released statements connoting to the issuance of IDs in Muslim areas. According to them, it is to identify individuals’ linkage to terrorist groups.

One of Bam Aquino’s notable works was when he filed the Anti-Discrimination Act or Senate Bill No. 683. The said Act prohibits and penalizes discrimination on religion or belief, ethnicity, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression etc.

“Gamitin natin ng tama ang ID system, para protektahan at bigyan ng mga benepisyo ang Pilipino. Huwag natin gamitin para mang-api ng mga sektor,” Bam ending his inspiring statement.

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