Last updated May 14, 2019
By Prince Golez
By Prince Golez Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday attributed the administration’s “resounding victory” in the May midterm elections to the “Duterte magic.” Eight of the 12 winning candidates for the Senate were personally endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday attributed the administration’s “resounding victory” in the May midterm elections to the “Duterte magic.”
Eight of the 12 winning candidates for the Senate were personally endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The overwhelming majority of the electorate have responded to the call of the President to support those whom he said would help pass the laws supportive of his goal to uplift the masses of our people and give them comfortable lives they richly deserve,” said Panelo in a statement.
He added that the successful senatorial bid of administration-backed candidates showed that voters rejected the negative propaganda launched by those critical of the Duterte administration such as the issues of extrajudicial killings, war on drugs, and the South China Sea.
“The victory of the administration’s candidates and the shutout of the Otso Diretso candidates send a strong message that our people yearn for stability and continuity of the genuine reforms that this administration started. They yearn for a constructive and not obstructionist Senate which will help in crafting the President’s legislative agenda,” Panelo said.
“We therefore laud the Filipino electorate for expressing their will in the strongest and unequivocal manner, they have sent a message and we hope that the opposition and the rest of the country will receive that strong and resonant voice with acceptance,” according to him.
The chief presidential legal counsel, meanwhile, thanked the senatorial candidates of opposition coalition Otso Diretso for giving their best and fighting a good battle.
“As we have said repeatedly, we respect dissent as it vitalizes the democracy of our nation. In the end however, it is the will of the people that prevails and we must respect the same. While we expect dissent to continue, we hope that the same be demonstrated with fairness and within the bounds of the law, as well as with deference to the leaders duly chosen by us, electorate,” Panelo concluded.