Senator Francis Pangilinan appears to have a hard time moving on from the epic loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial slate backed by the Liberal Party (LP).
Pangilinan said Wednesday (August 21) that Otso Diretso candidates would’ve won if more young people registered to vote.
“Nanalo ang mga kandidato natin sa Otso Diretso sa mga mock poll sa maraming campuses nationwide. Nanalo sana sila kung nakapag-rehistro ang mga kabataang ito,” he said in a statement on the commemoration of Ninoy Aquino Day.
At least 7 million young people age 18-34 were estimated to have failed to vote in the midterm polls because they were not registered.
None of the opposition’s candidates for senator won in the midterm polls.
The Otso Diretso was composed of former senators Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, and lawyers Romy Macalintal and Chel Diokno.
Pangilinan urged young people to register as voters as a way of honoring Ninoy Aquino’s legacy.
“[D]apat nating gamitin itong mga karapatang ipinanalo nila para sa atin. At magagawa lang natin ang pumili ng ating mga pinuno kung tayo ay magpapa-rehistro,” he said.
Registration for new voters will take place until September 30.