Diokno tells voters: Weigh bets' qualifications, not survey ranking

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 01 2019 01:01 PM | Updated as of May 01 2019 02:23 PM

Senatorial candidate Chel Diokno speaks before a crowd during a campaign sortie in Taal, Batangas, Feb. 19, 2019 Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The qualifications of candidates and not their performance in opinion polls should guide voters come election day, opposition bet Chel Diokno said Wednesday, as the campaign entered the homestretch. 

Of the 8 candidates of opposition slate Otso Diretso, only reelectionist Sen. Bam Aquino has a statistical chance of winning, according to an April 10 to 14 survey by Pulse Asia. 

“Wag naman po sana gagawin na batayan ang survey. Dapat gawing batayan ng mamboboto, syempre kung sinong kandidato ang may track record, may prinsipyo at me kakayahan,” Diokno told reporters. 

(I hope the survey will not be used as a guide. Voters should be guided by which candidate has track record, principle and capability.) 

He also noted that during the 2016 US elections, Hillary Clinton was slated to win in surveys, but was defeated by Donald Trump. 

Diokno has lagged in surveys, but won several mock elections in universities along with other Otso Diretso candidates. 

“Hindi pa siguro nararamdaman ng ating bayan ang kakayahan at kalakasan ng ating mga kabataan. Ang feeling ko lang itong darating nahalalan maraming sorpresa, pati na rin ang sorpresa ng pagboboto ng kabataan,” Diokno said.

(The country perhaps has yet to feel the capability and strength of our youth. I feel that the coming election will have many surprises, including the youth vote.) 

Diokno and Otso Diretso bets Samira Gutoc and Erin Tanada attended Labor Day gatherings, including one organized by bank employees in Makati.