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Respeto lang: Hontiveros warns against ‘vote shaming’

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No to “vote-shaming.”

Senator Risa Hontiveros made this appeal Wednesday as some netizens called some voters “bobo” (dumb) for voting certain senatorial candidates whom they viewed as incompetent.

“I appeal to everyone to put an end to the vote-shaming. Huwag po nating tawaging bobo at tanga ang mga kapwa nating botante,” Hontiveros said.

“May dahilan ang kanilang pagpili. Ang hamon sa ating lahat ay alamin muli ang mga kadahilanang ito,” the opposition senator said.

Hontiveros added, “We must humbly listen, understand and respond to the reasons behind their choices.”

“Amid the noise of violence, we must create and nurture more spaces for democratic dialogue and conversations. Each dialogue opens possibilities for new understanding,” she said.

Meanwhile, she congratulated former party-list Representative Kaka Bag-ao for winning the gubernatorial seat in Dinagat; Alvin Dizon, who won a seat as Cebu City councilor and other partymates who won in the different local elections.

“I would also like to extend my solidarity and congratulations to Vico Sotto on becoming the new Mayor of Pasig, helping to end a 27-year political dynasty. These victories inspire our way forward,” Hontiveros said.

“I am proud to have campaigned for the opposition slate: for my beloved party, Akbayan, and for those eight brave souls (Otso Diretso senatorial candidates) and all their volunteers who demonstrated their love for our country,” she said.

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