By Hannah Torregoza
Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV has accepted his defeat in the recently concluded May 2019 midterm elections.
Aquino, who ranked 14th in the partial and official tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), said it was an honor to serve the people as a lawmaker and thanked the volunteers for their unwavering support to his campaign.
“Hindi man tayo pinalad na makakuha ng pangalawang termino, hindi mauubos ang pagmamahal ko sa ating mga kababayan at kagustuhang manilbihan sa kapwa, bagkus sa ibang larangan naman (Even though we failed to get a second term, my love for our fellowmen nor my aspiration to serve them will always be there, even in another capacity),” Aquino said in a statement.
“Napakalaking karangalan ang manilbihan sa taumbayan kaya’t lubus-lubos ang pasasalamat ko sa mga nakatrabaho at sumuporta sa akin sa loob ng anim na taon at sa mga walang pagod na nangampanya nitong nakaraang mga buwan (It is such a great honor to serve our people that is why I am very much thankful to the people I worked with and supported me in the last six years and those who campaigned for me in the last few months),” Aquino added.
Aquino said that even before the May 13, 2019 midterm elections, he was ready to accept his fate, whether he wins or loses.
“Bago pa man ang araw ng eleksyon, ipinaubaya ko na sa Diyos ang resulta (Before the day of election, I decided to leave the results up to God),” he said.
“At buo pa rin ang tiwala ko sa Kanyang plano para sa akin at higit sa lahat, para sa ating Bayan (And I am fully confident of His plans for me, and more importantly, his plans for our nation),” said Aquino. [Hannah L. Torregoza]