- Senator Manny Pacquaio reacted to statements questioning the election results
- Manny Pacquiao on Thursday advised losing opposition senatorial candidates to accept their defeat
- Pacquiao said that if he finds himself in a similar situation, he would accept the decision of voters
Senator Manny Pacquiao advised senatorial candidates who lost in the recent May 2019 elections to learn to accept their defeat.
The senator expressed this sentiment in connection to the statement of Otso Diretso campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan that the delay in the transmittal of votes to the Commission on Election transparency servers casted doubts on the results.
“Lumabas kayo, ipakita ninyo mga mukha ninyo at magpaliwanag sa malaking kapalpakan na ito. Bakit wala pang resulta sa Senate race? Bakit hindi kayo humaharap sa publiko?” the statement read.
At a press conference, Senator Manny Pacquaio said that those who got lost should accept their defeat adding that he himself had suffered such predicaments.
“Ang advice ko sa kanila tanggapin na lang nila kung anong desisyon ng taumbayan. Kung ako sa side ko, tanggapin ko na lang kung ano yung desisyon ng taumbayan. Nung tumakbo ako, natalo ako. Tinanggap ko naman, eh yun ang desisyon nila,”
Pacquaio even added that God has plans for the loss that one must face and candidates should accept the decision of the people
“Siguro may plano ang Panginoon na hindi pa ito ang time ko, yun ang ginawa ko. Dapat marunong tayong tumanggap kasi pagka hindi tayo marunong tumanggap ng pagkatalo at iyan ang desisyon ng taumbayan, [kailangan] tanggapin natin.”
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BILLS I’VE AUTHORED PASSED INTO LAW (Arranged per date of passage) Total laws passed – 12 – as principal author – 1 – as one of the principal authors – 7 – as co author – 4 Waiting for President’s signature – 3 – as principal author – 2 – as one of the principal authors – 1 -AS PRINCIPAL AUTHOR- 1. NATIONAL BIBLE DAY (Republic Act No. 11163) 2. SARANGANI SPORTS TRAINING CENTER *waiting for President’s signature 3. OFW HANDBOOK *waiting for President’s signature -AS ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL AUTHORS- 1. ROAD BOARD ABOLITION *waiting for President’s signature 2. EXPANDED MATERNITY LEAVE (21 Feb 2019) 3. PHILIPPINE SPORTS TRAINING CENTER (20 Feb 2019) 4. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (R.A. 11201, 14 Feb 2019) 5. QUANTITATIVE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON RICE (R.A. 11203, 14 Feb 2019) 6. INCREASE IN MONTHLY OLD-AGE PENSION OF SENIOR VETERANS (R.A. 11164, 20 Dec 2018) 7. PHILIPPINE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM ACT (R.A. 11055, 6 Aug 2018) 8. FREE INTERNET ACCESS PROGRAM IN PUBLIC PLACES (R.A. 10929, 2 Aug 2017) -AS CO-AUTHOR- 1. UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE ACT (20 Feb 2019) 2. CORPORATION CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES (20 Feb 2019) 3. NATIONAL INTEGRATED CANCER CONTROL ACT (R.A. 11215, 14 Feb 2019) 4. PHILIPPINE HIV AND AIDS POLICY ACT (R.A. 11166, 20 Dec 2018)
One of the candidates who believes that he was cheated out of votes is senatorial candidate Attorney Larry Gadon.
In a Facebook video which garnered almost 1,300,000 + views, the senatorial candidate shared his thoughts about the alleged cheating.
“Naniniwala ako na nabiktima ako ng dagdag-bawas. Na-shave ang aking mga boto upang idagdag sa mga admin candidates, Mula pa noon, sa social media at sa mga mock elections sa mga malalaking unibersidad ay lagi ako nagto-top ‘no? Top 1 or Top 5 at kahit sa mga social media surveys sa mga OFW, palagi akong nasa Top 5.”
None of the candidates of Otso Diretso got into Magic 12 where most of the winners are from the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.