Robredo cites "operation" to keep Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas out of Magic 12

Robredo cites "operation" to keep Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas out of Magic 12

The recent survey has sounded the alarm for the opposition’s senatorial candidates.

Opposition head and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is very much concerned about the Otso diretso showing in the last survey, she raised a concern that there seems to be a concerted effort in trying to ease from the Magic 12 re-electionist Bam Aquino and former senator Mar Roxas.

Pulse Asia in its recent released poll showed Aquino in 11th to 16th place and Roxas ranked 11th to 16th, while Roxas ranked 11th to 17th.

Vice President Leni Robredo (photo credit to PDI)

“Talagang mayroong operasyon na hindi sila makapasok sa 12. So dapat, kami talaga extra effort din para ma-contradict iyong ganitong strategy (There is an operation for [Bam and Mar] to not make the Top 12. So we are exerting extra efforts to offset this),” Robredo said during the launching of the Ahon Laylayan Koalisyon in Aklan.

The Vice President however, did not specify or name whether the dupposed operation only pertains to the pre-election surveys or the elections itself.

The Vice President also points out the opposition’s lack of funds, which prevents them to go full throttle in airing more ads in television and radio advertisements.

“Ginagawa naman namin pero admittedly mahirap talaga—mahirap in the sense na walang resources iyong Otso Diretso (We are doing everything we can but admittedly it is hard because Otso Diretso does not have the resources),” Robredo said.
“Talagang tumitiyaga kami sa tao-tao, sa bayan-bayan.
Makakatulong sanang malaki iyong TV ads, iyong radio ads, kaya lang pasulpot-sulpot din kasi talagang sobrang mahal (We try to reach the public in the provinces and municipalities. TV and radio advertisements could have helped but we rarely air them because it is too expensive),” the VP added.

Otso Diretso candidates Erin Tañada, Romulo Macalintal, Samira Gutoc, and Chel Diokno ranked 23rd to 30th in the survey while Gary Alejano was further behind at 26th to 35th.

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