MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she was hoping for a "miracle" for opposition candidates in midterm elections that would determine if President Rodrigo Duterte could bring more allies to the Senate.
Out of the 8 senatorial candidates of Otso Diretso, only Sen. Bam Aquino has a statistical chance of winning, based on a May 3-6 Pulse Asia poll.
Robredo said election results in the past "exceeded" her expectations, when she won a House seat in 2013 and the vice presidency in 2016.
"Sa puso ko, parang hino-hope ko pa rin na mayroong ganoon na miracle," she said.
(In my heart, I am hoping that there will be a miracle like that.)
Robredo rued alleged vote-buying and admitted that many local officials did not support Otso Diretso, preventing it from reaching far-flung areas where voters only rely on sample ballots.
"Pero sa akin naman, whatever the outcome of the election is, tingin ko panalo na kami -- panalo na in uniting a lot of people na pareho ang paniniwala about things that are happening," the Vice President said.
(But for me, whatever the outcome of the election is, I think we've already won. We succeeded in uniting a lot of people who have the same belief about things that are happening.)
"Hindi natatapos iyung laban sa eleksyon na ito. Kailangan iyung mga tao na nag-unite, magkaisa kami para magdesisyon kung papaano lalabanan iyung mga bagay na pakiramdam namin mali," she added.
(The fight does not end with this election. We need to unite with the people we gathered to decide on how to fight things which we feel are wrong.)
The Senate has stood in the way of the President’s push for a federal system of government, while the opposition led legislative inquiries into his family and the narcotics crackdown that has killed thousands.
The opposition also warned that Duterte's promise of rewriting the constitution to set up a federal system of government could allow him to seek re-election despite his repeated statements that he would stand down at the end of his mandate.
With a report from Agence France-Presse