Inflation, not political colors, to shape 2019 polls: opposition bets


Posted at Oct 25 2018 09:26 AM

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MANILA - Aspiring senators from the opposition slate believe that more than political colors, the 2019 polls will be about real problems affecting the public such as inflation. 

"I think the President demonized the Liberal Party and placed us in one corner. But if you look at it, I think the society looks at the problems of society, not only dilawan," former lawmaker Erin Tañada said, referring to "dilawan" or "yellows," the color of the Liberal Party used by supporters of the current administration against the opposition.

"Ang nakakaramdam ng krisis ngayon, hindi lamang 'dilaw,' hindi lamang 'pula,' hindi lamang 'asul.' Lahat tayo nababalot ng krisis. Ang tanong: sino ang may kagagawan ng krisis ngayon? Hindi na puwedeng ang 'dilawan' dahil ang nagpatong ng excise tax sa ilalim ng TRAIN law ay ang kasalukuyang administrasyon," he added. 

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, whose party Aksyon Demokratiko is part of the Oposisyon Koalisyon, also said political colors only apply to "polarized sectors" of the society.

"The overwhelming majority don't take the 'color' into consideration as far as their political preferences are concerned," he said. "Gut issues like inflation, value of the peso—that will resonate."

The opposition slate will field 8 candidates in the 2019 polls, including Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, civil society leader Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, lawyers Chel Diokno and Romulo Macalintal, former senator Mar Roxas, and reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino.