Leni slams Pres. Duterte : Otso Diretso bets have proven track record

Leni slams Pres. Duterte : Otso Diretso bets have proven track record

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo did not let a day passed in answering back at President Rodrigo Roa Duterte when the later has hurled tirades against the official candidates of the opposition, collectively known as “Otso Diretso.”

Robredo stands by the track records of candidates Romulo Macalintal, Gary Alejano, Erin Tanada, Pilo Hilbay, Mar Roxas, Bam Aquino and Chel Diokno.

VP Leni with the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates (photo credit to owner)

She said that it was the president’s choice not to be impressed by the opposition candidates. She said all Otso Diretso candidates, including Samira Gutoc who was left out by the President ( the lone woman in the group), underwent a rigorous selection process based on their capabilities.

"Meron itong mga track record na pinanindigan. In fact, 'yun ang basehan bakit silang 8 ang napili,"  Vice-President Robredo said. 
She added that, this is a good sign that the Otso Diretso oppositioncandidates are starting to get noticed despite criticism from  President Duterte. 
“The mere fact na si Presidente na mismo ang pumansin, inisa-isa yung mga kandidato, nagpapatunay na nagpi-pickup yung mga kandidato," she said. 
Robredo also slams the President when the latter said that the Otso Diretso candidates only know how to criticize the present administration.
 "Otso diretso papuntang impyerno. Walang ginawa, puro criticize," President Duterte said in a speaking engagement last Sunday.
Robredo emphasized the need for a public debate with the admin bets so that controversial issues can be threshed out.

"Pag hindi sila nilagay sa isang entablado, walang basehan ang taumbayan na sabihin na dito ako naniniwala, na 'yung kanyang paniniwala, pareho sa akin," she said. 

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