MANILA - Opposition candidate and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano voted Monday morning in his hometown in Negros Occidental.
The former Navy captain cast his ballot in precinct 0012A in Barangay 3, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.
Alejano placed 21st to 32nd in the last Pulse Asia pre-election survey conducted from May 3 to 5.
The midterm elections will be a test of the Magdalo’s relevance, said Alejano.
"Puwede naming sabihin na relevant kami, pero sabihin ng tao na you’re done. Then we will just die a natural death. Iyun din ang usapan namin sa kulungan, tumakbo si Trillanes," he said.
(We can say that we’re still relevant, but the people could say that you’re done. Then we will just die a natural death. That’s the same thing we agreed on in detention, when Trillanes ran.)
"Pag tumakbo ka, ‘pag natalo ka, e di pahinga na. Ganoon din kami, tumatakbo kami, ito ang aming tayo, kung ayaw nila sa amin, so be it," the lawmaker said.
(If you run and you lose, then just rest. It’s the same with us, we’re running, saying this is our stand; if you don’t like us, so be it.)
Magdalo, a band of several hundred junior officers of enlisted men, booby-trapped the Oakwood luxury apartments on July 27, 2003 to protest alleged corruption in the military under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Members of the Magdalo group secured amnesty under Arroyo's successor and critic former President Benigno Aquino III, who assumed office in 2010. Alejano later won a seat in Congress.
Malacañang, a week before the polls, linked Magdalo and the opposition Liberal Party to a supposed plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte, which they denied.