Political analyst: Negative campaign vs. PRRD backfired at Otso Diretso

(From left) Gary Alejano, Samira Gutoc, Erin Tanada, Bam Aquino, Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal and Chel  Diokno / photo from Rappler

Manila, Philippines – The attacks of the opposition slate Otso Diretso against President Rodrigo Duterte has only benefitted the administration’s senatorial candidates, says a political analyst on Saturday.

Based on partial, unofficial results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as of May 18, Bam Aquino got the most number of votes at 14,074,404 among the eight candidates, staying at the 14th spot.

"Mayroon silang fundamental na mistake sa strategy. Unang-una, midterm election 'yan, ang presidente hindi tumatakbo pero malaki ang impluwensya niya” Prof. Ramon Casiple, executive director of Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms, told the Philippine News Agency.

Casiple said this negative campaign strategy is bound to backfire as the President is backed by large numbers of Filipinos who support him.

"The President is popular. Tinarget nila ang Presidente, hindi naman tumatakbo 'yon. Nakalimutan ng Otso Diretsona ang kalaban nila, nandoon sa field, nangangampanya, nagpapaganda ng imahe, etc.”  he added.

In the partial, official tally of the votes from 146 Certificates of Canvass or 91.80% of registered voters as of 7:16 p.m. Friday, May 17, re-electionist Senator Cynthia Villar has maintained her lead among the senatorial bets with 23,610,580 votes.

Followed by re-electionist Senator Grace Poe, with 20,711,849 votes; Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, with 19,030,884; Pia Cayetano, with 18,550,012; Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, with 17,567,258; Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, with 17,027,333; and Lito Lapid, with 15,778,223.

Next to them are Imee Marcos, with 14,775,948 votes; Francis Tolentino, with 14,387,602; Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, with 13,563,083; Nancy Binay, with 13,453,117; Bong Revilla Jr., with 13,442,578, and Bam Aquino in 13th place with 13,384,293 votes. 

Source: PNA

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