By Ellson Quismorio
Otso Diretso heavyweights Mar Roxas and Senator Bam Aquino failed to dominate in their respective home regions in the May 13 midterm polls–something that has hurt their cause in the Senate race.
Former senator and Palace aspirant Roxas, who traces his roots in Capiz, topped the Senate race in the province with 190,481 votes based on the latest partial and unofficial figures reaching the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) center as of posting time.
However, in his home province of Region VI, Roxas–with 1,527,366 votes–could only muster a fourth-place finish behind reelectionist senators Cynthia Villar (1,868,133), Grace Poe (1,709,915), and Aquino (1,527,366).
Worse, save for the Liberal Party (LP) duo of Roxas and Aquino, no other member of Otso Diretso entered the Top 12 as far as Region VI is concerned.
The two, based on their names and prior accomplishments in the political arena–are the anchors of the opposition slate, and their weak showing in their home regions is a reasonable explanation for the looming shutout of Otso Diretso in the Senate race.
Senator Aquino, the cousin of former president Benigno S. Aquino III, fared worse in his native region compared to Roxas.
The young senator placed a mere fourth in his family’s supposed bailiwick of Tarlac, garnering 353,854 votes. Poe (403,459), former senator Lito Lapid (383,783), and Villar (367,174) were the top three vote-getters in the province.
In what some could describe as a slap in the face for the Aquinos, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (227,496)–daughter of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos–even landed on ninth spot in Tarlac.
It was downhill for Aquino and Roxas when the entirety of Region III is taken into account.
Senator Aquino (1,887,596) finds himself at 10th place, outperformed by Governor Marcos (1,949,052) who ranked eighth. Roxas is out of the Magic 12 altogether, as with other Otso Diretso bets.
The top three vote-getters in Region III among senatorial candidates were Villar (3,029,651), Poe (3,011,367), and Lapid (2,676,449).
The last PPCRV count update which came in at 5:01 p.m., with Senator Aquino and Roxas nailed at 14th and 16th place, respectively.