MANILA - Otso Diretso campaign manager, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, cast his vote in Inchican School House in Silang, Cavite on Monday morning.
"The fight for truth and for right has reached today," Pangilinan said in a statement.
Pangilinan enumerated some of key issues since President Duterte took over in 2016, like the killings of suspected drug users and small-time pushers, the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, threats to Vice President Leni Robredo, price hikes, and the "giving away" of Philippine areas as well as jobs and government projects to the Chinese.
"Ang dami no? May mga panalo tayo dyan, may mga medyo panalo, may mga talo. Lahat yan, laban ng bayan, may partisipasyon ng taumbayan. All are attacks on our democracy and freedoms, on the poorest and the most powerless, and those who defend them," he said.
But he said that regardless of the outcome of the elections, "we have already won" with the fielding of eight candidates with "sterling track records" who offered to be "gladiators" in the midterm polls.
He also cited the support of Catholic bishops and lay leaders, and volunteers.
"We have flexed our democratic muscles and we know our strength," he said.
The opposition slate is composed of reelectionist Sen. Bam Aquino, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, lawyers Chel Diokno and Romulo Macalintal and Florin Hilbay, Moro civic leader Samira Gutoc, and former lawmakers Mar Roxas and Erin Tañada.
"And all these are what we will take in the next battles, because there will be more. But then, there will be more of us amongst our ranks as well," he added.
Otso Diretso on Wednesday traded a traditional miting de avance for a "grand thanksgiving concert” for volunteers and supporters who handed out flyers and campaigned on behalf of the opposition slate that was weighed down by scare tactics at the local level, limited funding, and dismal survey rankings.