'Otso Diretso' senatorial candidates woo Caloocan voters
MANILA, Philippines — Senatorial candidates from the “Otso Diretso” slate have chosen to be with Caloocan City voters at the start of the official campaign period for the 2019 midterm elections.
Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal would face the media and constituents in a conference on Tuesday afternoon. Otso Diretso Campaign Manager Senator Francis Pangilinan was also in Caloocan for the briefing.
Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada, were not present, but will be joining the other opposition candidates in their official campaign kickoff and proclamation rally in Naga City, Camarines Sur, on Wednesday.
After the press briefing, the senatorial aspirants would start their door-to-door campaign in areas near the San Roque Cathedral, where a concelebrated mass led by Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iñiguez will also be held later. Vice President Leni Robredo, chairman emeritus of the Liberal Party (LP), has confirmed her attendance in the Mass.
The Otso Diretso is a coalition of opposition political parties, including LP, Magdalo party-list, Aksyon Demokratiko, and Akbayan party-list. /kga
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