By Raymund Antonio
Whatever the results of the 2019 midterm elections, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo believes the opposition Otso Diretso candidates have already won.
“Whatever the outcome of the elections is, I think we have won—we won in uniting many people who share the same beliefs in the things that are happening in our midst,” Robredo said in an interview after she cast her vote in Naga City.
Robredo, who is the chairperson of the Liberal Party, said the opposition group would continue to stand up against the administration’s bad policies even after the May elections.
“Iyong sa akin, hindi natatapos iyong laban sa eleksyon na ito. Kailangan iyong mga taong nag-unite, magkaisa pa din para magdesisyon kung paano lalabanan iyong mga bagay na pakiramdam namin mali (For me, the fight doesn’t end after this elections. The people should remain united to decide on how they would keep their stand against the things that they feel are wrong),” she said.
“Siyempre mas madali kung mas marami iyong makapasok sa Senado, kasi tingin namin iyon iyong most important battleground, pero whatever the outcome of the elections is, patuloy ang laban (Of course it would be easier if many of our candidates would win in the Senate, because I think that’s the most important battleground, but whatever the outcome of the election is, the fight continues),” the opposition leader said.
The Vice President arrived at the Tabuco Central School around 10 a.m. to vote in the midterm elections. Robredo was accompanied by her two daughters, Aika and Tricia.
Like the other Bicolano voters, the VP and her daughters fell in line outside the polling precinct and waited for their turn to vote.
She described the voting as “seamless” and “very smooth” compared to the 2016 elections, where she waited for hours due to a defective voting counting machine.
The country’s second highest official is pushing for an 8-0 victory in favor of the Otso Diretso bets.
Robredo told reporters she felt nervous for this midterm elections because of the “uphill battle” the opposition candidates are facing.
“Ngayon kasi parang ang daming at stake. Kabado para sa bansa, hindi naman for the individual candidates we are supporting (A lot is at stake now. I’m nervous for the country, not for the individual candidates we are supporting),” she said.
The Vice President said she was “realistic” yet “optimistic” about the winning chances of the eight-member opposition ticket.
“In my heart, I’m hoping there would be still a miracle and it would happen. I’m not losing hope,” said Robredo, referring to her victory over known candidates in the previous vice presidential race.