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Former senator Mar Roxas dispelled rumors he’s distancing himself from Otso Diretso by campaigning for the entire slate in Cebu Sunday (April 28).

In a sortie, Roxas appealed to voters ro vote for him and seven other members of Otso Diretso as their birthday gift since his birthday falls on May 13, the election day.

“Puwede bang ipa-birthday niyo na sa akin ang inyong boto?” he asked the throngs of supporters who attended the gathering.

“Walong birthday iyan, puwedeng puwede!” Roxas added.

The Cebu sortie marks the second time the Otso Diretso slate were complete on the campaign trail after a sortie in Naga City last February.

Voter preference surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations show only Roxas and Senator Bam Aquino have a statistical chance of winning the senatorial race out of all Otso Diretso members.

The other candidates which make up the slate are: former Bangsamoro civic leader Samira Gutoc, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, abogados Chel Diokno and Romulo Macalintal, and Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano.

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