Benigno Aquino III, Leni Robredo embrace resistance Senate 12
Betting on their good and clean track record, Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday expressed confidence in the victory of candidates of the opposition coalition in the May 2019 senatorial elections.
Robredo, who chairs the Liberal Party, led the presentation of the Oposisyon Koalisyon (OK) slate in Barangay Parang, Marikina City.
The opposition candidates include former senator Mar Roxas, former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada, Maranao advocate Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, incumbent Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay.
Of the eight candidates, only Aquino, Tañada and Roxas belong to LP. Roxas was not able to attend the event because he is abroad, according to Aquino.
“The eight candidates whom we will field come from different backgrounds but their capabilities are beyond question,” the Vice President said in a speech delivered in Filipino.
Robredo admitted that these candidates not as popular as some others, but she believes they will win as long as the public would unite for them, relating her own experience in the 2016 national election.
“Many are saying that this will be a tough fight for them. But I think I’m the best example. Many have said that I didn’t have the chance (to win the vice presidency). But because the people united for me, the one percent to vice president became possible,” she said, referring to her initial ratings in surveys prior to the May 2016 polls.
Apart from Robredo, former president Benigno Aquino III, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo also attended the event.
Hilbay topped the Bar in 1999
Robredo said the opposition remains “very alive” despite supposedly threatened by the present administration.
“In spite of the hardship they face in being part of the opposition now, they still choose to stand firm and continue the fight.
Many saying that the opposition silent but it very much alive,” she said.
As far as concerns him, previous president Aquino approached voters to look not on the prominence but rather the great and clean reputation of the resistance applicants.
“We’re demonstrating eight people whom we can be glad for, who have dreams for our nation,” he said.
Hilbay, who filled in as a specialist general under the past organization, drove the Philippines’ argument against China under the
steady gaze of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague over questioned regions in the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines won the case.
As a human rights legal counselor, Diokno pledged to enhance the present equity framework.
Diokno seats the Free Legal Assistance Group and is the establishing senior member of the De La Salle University College of Law.
Hence, Macalintal, a veteran decision legal advisor, pledged to reinforce the administration’s help and advantages give to senior natives.
Meanwhile, Gutoc-Tomawis, a Marawi municipal pioneer, pledged to push for ladies’ rights strengthening in the Senate.