Macalintal says Roxas absence in Otso Diretso events 'political strategy'

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2019 03:23 PM


DASMARIÑAS, Cavite - Opposition Otso Diretso bet Romulo Macalintal on Tuesday said the absence of his fellow candidate Mar Roxas in several slate events is “political strategy.”

Roxas, the lone Otso Diretso candidate who made it in the top 12 of the latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey, has only attended the coalition’s kick off event in Naga City last February 13 by far. He has yet to join the slate’s weekly press conferences and door-to-door campaigns.

“'Yung kaniyang awareness ay hindi mo matatawaran 'yun,” Macalintal told reporters on the sidelines of an election forum here, referring to Roxas’ 99-percent voter awareness.

(His voter awareness is hard to match.)

“Katunayan niyan kaya hindi siya nagsasasama sa amin, palibhasa siya ang mas kilala, the moment na kasama namin siya, siya lang ang napapansin at kami hindi napapansin,” he said.

(The truth is he’s not joining us because the moment he joins our activities, all the attention is on him and we would not be noticed.)

“So more of a political strategy ang ginagawa ni Mar Roxas and we are thankful dahil sa lahat ng pag-ikot niya ay dinadala niya ang entire slate ng Otso Diretso,” he said.

(Mar Roxas is employing a political strategy and we are thankful because he also campaigns for the entire Otso Diretso slate when he goes around the country.)

Roxas earlier said his absence from the slate’s activities should “not be an issue.”

“Iba-iba ang mga challenges namin so kailangan namin tutukan ang mga hamon ng aming mga kampaniya,” he said.

(We have different challenges so we need to focus on the challenges to our campaign.)

In the Pulse Asia survey released Monday, Roxas settled at the 7-14 slot, while fellow Liberal Party candidate Bam Aquino dropped to the 10-15 rank.

Six other Otso Diretso bets, including Macalintal, have yet to breach the survey’s winners’ circle.