MANILA - Opposition candidates are using door-to-door campaigning for the May 13 midterm polls amid the proliferation of social media trolls.
Liberal Party (LP) President Senator Francis Pangilinan said on Tuesday the opposition slate has tapped face-to-face "conversations" in different households to raise awareness about their candidates as well as current issues.
"The door-to-door campaigning and persuasion is very critical for us," he told ANC's "Beyond Politics."
Pangilinan recognized that some of their supporters fear being associated with the opposition due to possible backlash on social media.
"Maglabas ka lang ng statement na pabor sa opposition sa social media eh walang katapusan kang ito-troll at iba-bash," he said.
(If you support the opposition on social media, you will likely be trolled and bashed.)
"Ayaw lumapit sa amin ng maraming pulitiko at natatakot na pag kami ay sinuportahan eh sasabihin na sila ay dilawan, sila ay involved sa drugs, sila ay kakasuhan etc.," he added.
(Many politicians don't want to be associated with us and are scared to support us because of fear that they might be called 'yellow' or accused of illegal drug involvement, or face cases.)
The Liberal Party is supporting 8 senatorial candidates using the tag "Otso Diretso."
Leading the slate is reelectionist Sen. Bam Aquino and former Sen. Mar Roxas along with Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.
Others on the slate are human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, and ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada.
The slate released its first political advertisement last week and Pangilinan said they hope that it would raise awareness about their candidates.
"Hindi naman talaga tayo nakapaglabas ng maraming pondo for the ads," he said.
(We weren't able to release a lot of funds for the ads.)
"Admittedly, kung bukas ang eleksyon hindi mananalo yung anim sa walo pero hindi bukas ang eleksyon," he added.
(If the elections were held tomorrow, 6 of the 8 candidates will not win but the elections are not tomorrow.)
The campaign period for senatorial bets begins on February 12. The 90-day campaign ends on May 11.