Opposition's "Otso Diretso" know the uphill climb this coming elections - Kiko Pangilinan

Opposition's "Otso Diretso" know the uphill climb this coming elections - Kiko Pangilinan

“Otso Diretso.”

That’s is the name of the opposition’s Senate ticket, the same bunch of people who will face an uphill climb this coming mid term elections.

"Definitely, we are the underdogs here. But it's a battle worth fighting. We need to have a strong Senate, an independent Senate," Liberal Party president Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said on CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Opposition's "Otso Diretso" senatorial ticket for 2019 mid term elections (photo credit to owner)

Of the opposition bets, only former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV usually places high in pre-election surveys.

The other members of the Otso Deretso are Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and De La Salle University College of Law founding dean Chel Diokno.

All six are lagging behind in the surveys, which are denominated by re-electionists and those aligned with the administration.

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, the Otso Diretso's campaign manager, said they have to face this reality, hoping the tide of their bets will change during the campaign period which begins on February 12 for senatorial candidates.

Pangilinan, is also hoping for Cinderella finishes from their slates against other candidates as election day draws near.

"Ang kalaban namin, maraming pera, maraming billboard… the whole backing of the machinery of the government, of the executive department. Kami, walo, parang kaming David, in that sense. Pero hinahapan namin maliit na bato na kapag sapul, eh talagang sapul na sapul," Pangilinan said.

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Report from CNN Philippines

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