‘Otso Diretso’ supporters launch ‘PaSaLoDi’ to finance opposition bets’ campaign

Published March 18, 2019, 6:19 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jel Santos

A fundraising project was launched Monday by supporters of “Otso Diretso” to help in financing the campaign of the opposition’s senatorial candidates in the 2019 mid-term elections.

(L-R) "Otso Diretso" senatorial bets former senator  Mar Roxas II, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, veteran election lawyer Romy Macalintal,  former solicitor Florin Hilbay, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino, together with Vice President Leni Robredo, raise hands during a campaign sortie in Naga City, Camarines Sur on Feb. 14, 2019. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
(L-R) “Otso Diretso” senatorial bets former senator Mar Roxas II, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, veteran election lawyer Romy Macalintal, former solicitor Florin Hilbay, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino, together with Vice President Leni Robredo, raise hands during a campaign sortie in Naga City, Camarines Sur on Feb. 14, 2019. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Dubbed “PaSaLODi”, the fundraiser seeks to get financial help from the public.

Some of its convenors were Vicky Garchitorena of “Manindigan Na”; Lawyer Jeric Juban, “Team Pilipinas” chairman; Nina Yuson of “Piso Para Kay Leni Campaign”; and Jozy Nisperos, president of “The Silent Majority.”

Juban said monetary constraint continued to be an obstacle in the candidacy of the opposition bets, which was why they came together to start the campaign.

The convenors pointed out that most of the candidates of “Otso Diretso” are not well-off.

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, campaign manager of “Otso Diretso,” admitted that they could not compete with the volume of advertisements that administration candidates can place.

“We will rely on the vote of the public because we can’t compete with the many advertisements of administration bets,” he said during a press conference at a restaurant in Makati City.

“We believe in an initiative like this. This will trigger more fundraising for the opposition—a snowball effect,” the senator added

Garchitorena said that people can donate how much they could in order to fund the candidacy of opposition candidates.

On the other hand, she raised the issue of where the administration candidates were getting the money they are using.

“Where is their money from? How will they be able to reimburse the money they spent?” she asked.

 
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