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VP steps up campaign

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VICE President Leni Robredo
is stepping up her campaign fot
Robredo, who also campaigned
widr the complete otso Dirctso
slate i.n Cebu City last Sunday.
l-{ the senatodal candidates of the Re-electionist Sen. Paolo Be-

lr{ opposition, gspecially since one

of them believes tIT at the "Otso
nigno "Bam" Aquino, howevet,
chose to bi mote realistic, saying
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Ditetso" will need a "miracle"
to emerge victotious in the May 13
midterm elections,
he is prayng for a mitacle since
winning is a long shot fo! maiority
of the eight opposition bets,
FI With onty t{ro weeks before the "This May, we're looking for a
C) o elections, Robredo yestetday said miracle and I still believe, in my
d a victory for the opposition bets
would show that deserving candi-
heart," he told repotters, adding
that thek supporters have to ac-
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tively campaign fot Otso Diretso
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dates have a chance to vrin vrithout
local government suppott,
"It's difficult v/hen you feel that
since their votes will not be enough
to ensure victory.
A recent sutvey. on senatodal
tsI t- 6a
only a few local officials are help-
ing This is a very good opportu- preferences was dominated by ad-
tU nitv to send a message tlat power ninisuation candidates belonging
a FA
5 truly resides in the people and not to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago
io 6e hands of those who are in ftINP) party of presidential daugh-
power," she told tepottets in Ba- ter and Davao City Mayot Sara
colod City wh6re the Otso Ditetso Dutette.
' candidates campaigned. If the surveys ate to be believed,
Robredo said the slate is ban!. only Aquino and formet intedor
iog oo the vork of its "dedicated" secretary Manuel "Mat" Roxas II
voluoteers al1 ovef the country, have a statistical chalce of winoing

'Vho ate even spendilg theit own amoog the opposition bets.
mooe)'." Roxas II, who has been consis-
The Vice President said she vill tendy in t}re Top 12, wen slipped in
never lose hope for dre opposition the latest Pulse Asia survey which
slate liecause they were chosen not was conducted between March
onla for their competeoce but also 23 to 27.
fot their good character. Roxas ranked between 8th and
"I will be hopefi:l until the very l2dr, ryit! 39.8 percent in the Feb-
last day because I believe that our
candi&tes ate the best. We worked See VP STEPS> PageB3

VP STEPS decimated... A weakened opposi-

tion vrould make dre Senate a rub-
human rights lawyer Chel Diokno
larded in the 23rd to 30th range.
tuary survey but &opped to 11rh ber stamp with little value to ow Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary
to 17th place with 31,3 percent in country," De Lima said. Alejano and former solicitor gen-
March while Aquino was at the De Lima is detained on chatges eral Florin Hilbay placed 26rh to
11 th to 1 6th place in the last suwey. of the Duterte admiaistration that 35th and 31st to 44th, respectively.
Detaiaed Seo. Leila de Lima, she benefited &om the illegal drugs Makabayan candidate ard for-
also a membu of the opposition trade ar rhe national peniteotiary met Ba1'an Muna Rep. Neri Col-
Liberal Party, urged voters not to when she was iustice secretary menares, who does not belong
stack the Senate vith the '1ackeys" uodetthe ptevious administration. to the Otso Diretso slate, ranled
of President Duterte in orde! to At sake in the May 13 elections 22nd, a 24th.
pteserve tl-le chamber's indepeo- aretwo minotity bloc seats which In contrast, neophlte seoatorial
dence. could be flipped in favor of tl-re candidates closely associated v/i*r
In a statement, De Lima said adminisration. Dutete ranked high in the recent
voters should elect "candidates Aquino is fighting for a second Pulse Asia survey.
who are patriotic, capable and tetm, while Sen..Sonny Ttillanes is Former Special Assistant to the
independent-mioded." not eligible for rcelection. President Christopher Go placed
Otherwise, she said, it would In the Pulse survey, the rest of third to 6ft-h, former PNP chief
raean "a future mottgaged to a the Otso Diletso candidates fared Ronald dela Rosa placed 6th to 9th,
foreign powet" and "a ghost of poody. ' Ilocos Norte Gow Imee Marcos
t}le democracy that we know of," Former Quezon 4th Disttict Rep. placed 9th lo 12th, and formet
"If the President manages to Erin Taiada, election lawyer Romy Mettopolitan Manila Development
stack the Senate with his loyal Macalintal, former Autonomous Autlority chairman Funcis Tolen,
followers, the Senate's power to Region in Muslim Mindanao as- tino placed 10d\ to 16th. - With
check the President would be semblpfoman Samira Gutog and Vince Nonnto

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