Opposition on Sara’s 1 vs eight debate dare: She’s not the candidate

DIGOS CITY, Philippines — Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) marketing campaign supervisor Sara Duterte-Carpio shouldn’t be operating for the senatorial race, opposition senatorial candidates identified Friday after the presidential daughter dared the Otso Diretso coalition to a one versus eight debate.

READ: Sara Duterte on opposition’s debate dare: ‘Kami nalang, 1 vs 8’

This was after the Commission on Election (Comelec) rejected Otso Diretso’s request to arrange a debate, citing logistical points and time restraints.

READ: Comelec denies Otso Diretso’s request for debate

“Hindi naman siya yung kandidato e. Ang kandidato yung mga kandidatong tumatakbo sa ilalim ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago (She’s not the candidate. The candidates are those running under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago),” former congressman Erin Tañada stated when requested to touch upon Duterte-Carpio’s dare.

“E kung balak po ni Sara na tumakbo, may 2022 naman e. 2019, yung mga kandidato niya ang humarap po sa amin (If Sara wants to run for elections, she can wait until 2022. In 2019, her candidates should face us),” Tañada added.

Former solicitor normal Florin Hilbay additionally confused that Duterte-Carpio shouldn’t be a candidate and that her slate ought to face Otso Diretso as an alternative.

“Unfortunately, Mayor Sara is not running for the Senate. Ang gusto talaga namin makadebate yung mga kalebel namin na tumatakbo, yung mga tumatakbo para sa Senado (We want to debate those who are running for a Senate post like us),” Hilbay stated.

Although the Comelec junked their request to arrange a debate, Hilbay stated he hopes the HNP candidates will face them in any debate.

“We’re hoping that the senatorial candidates of Hugpong can find the courage to confront us so that the people will be fully informed,” Hilbay stated.

“Hindi ito laban ng Otso Diretso laban kay Mayor Sara Duterte. Hindi yun yung labanan dito (This is not a fight between Otso Diretso and Mayor Sara Duterte. There is no fight here,” he added.

Marawi civic chief Samira Gutoc likewise emphasised that the candidates, not the marketing campaign supervisor, ought to face different candidates.

“Kailangan yung kandidato (the candidates should be the ones to participate in a debate). We respect Sara. She’s the spokesman,” Gutoc stated.

Gutoc stated in jest that Duterte-Carpio ought to debate with Otso Diretso’s marketing campaign supervisor Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan: “Pwedeng Sara versus Kiko, who is our campaign manager. Senator Kiko.”

“Kailangan aktwal na kandidato. Yun ang isusulat sa balota (It should be the candidates or those whose names people will write in the ballots),” she added. /ee

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