Drilon attends Otso Diretso concert, helps volunteers keep stage dry

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2019 11:18 PM | Updated as of May 09 2019 01:59 AM

MANILA—Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday attended Otso Diretso’s thanksgiving concert supporting opposition candidates.

But instead of delivering a speech, he helped volunteers hold up tarpaulins to keep parts of the stage dry.

Drilon stepped away from center stage and headed towards the side of the platform where a row of volunteers had been taking turns holding up a large blue and orange tarpaulin to keep band equipment dry as downpour ensued.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday attended Otso Diretso’s thanksgiving concert supporting opposition candidates. File/George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

“Hinahawakan natin ’yan para ipakita sa taong bayan na sila ay ating sinasamahan umuulan man,” Drilon told ABS-CBN News.

“Hahanap tayo ng sisilungan para lang marinig natin ang ating mga kandidato.”

The Liberal Party stalwart who was known as the “Big Man in Senate” stepped away from the tarp after event hosts called him and minority Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros to say hello to the throngs of Otso Diretso supporters who braved the downpour to take part in the event.

Drilon said the minority is campaigning to keep its numbers in the legislative Senate, but underscored that he was not worried that its numbers could be decimated.

Of the 8 Otso Diretso bets, only re-electionist Sen. Bam Aquino had a statistical chance of winning the 2019 midterm polls, according to Pulse Asia’s April 10-14 survey,

“Talagang mahirap but we will not give up,” Drilon said.

“Mayroon pang panahon. Maiisip ng taong bayan na kailangan ng oposisyon sa Senado. Hindi kami worried.

“Talagang ipapaglaban natin ang ating mga prinsipyo dahil iyan ang kailangan ng atong demokrasya.”

Drilon left the event shortly after all 8 candidates delivered short speeches on stage.