By Raymund Antonio
Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo lamented the apparent lack of support for “Otso Diretso” senatorial candidates from Mindanaoans during the campaign period.
Robredo, who is the chairperson of the once ruling Liberal Party, cited the low voters preference for opposition bets in Mindanao, which she said can be attributed to the prominence of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Sa Bicol po kasi, iyong sa survey, from the very start, mataas iyong walo. Actually, sa buong Pilipinas, dito sila sa Bicol medyo consistent. Iyong mas problema talaga iyong Mindanao,” she said.
(In Bicol, based on the surveys, from the very the start, the eight candidates have high ratings. Actually, in the entire Philippines, they have been consistent here in Bicol. The problem really is Mindanao.)
“Iyong problema talaga sa Mindanao kasi dahil siguro kasi oposisyon, iyong mga sympathetic kay Presidente,talagang dina-down,” she explained.
(The problem is Mindanao because they are from the opposition, the people sympathetic to the President really turned them down.)
The administration candidates have a solid support base in Mindanao after it has become Duterte’s stronghold. He is the first Philippine president from Mindanao.
In various pre-election surveys, they were overwhelming top choice of Mindanao residents compared to the Otso Diretso candidates.
The Vice President said they were banking on other areas, where the opposition bets have solid numbers like Bicol.
“So ang hope natin na iyong lakas nila sa Bicol iyon din iyong, parang, magko-compensate—magko-compensate sa hina sa ibang lugar,” she said.
(So our hope they are strong in Bicol, it would compensate for the weakness in other areas.)
Just last week, Robredo even worked harder to convince the people from
Bicol to vote for the “deserving” Otso Diretso bets.
The Vice President campaigned for the opposition senatorial candidates by herself during a motorcade in Sorsogon and launch of her “Ahon Laylayan” coalition in Masbate, Catanduanes, and Naga City. #MatalinongBoto2019