Gutoc says odds stacked against Otso Diretso newbies: Kami tricycle lang, sila naka-chopper every week sa Cebu


Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc admits that the opposition slate, especially the first-time politikos, was no match to the name-recall, resources and local government support of the administration bets in the mid-term polls.

Gutoc said that except for Mar Roxas and Bam Aquino, voters did not know the rest of the ticket, they knew Otso Diretso more than the individual bets.

“Literally chopper versus tricycle, ‘yung naka-chopper sila. I heard of one candidate, every week nasa Cebu siya and we were just once or twice or thrice in Cebu which is vote-rich with 2.3 million votes,” said Gutoc in an interview with ANC’s Christian Esguerra.

“As early as November (a few weeks after the filing of candidacy), meron na silang undue advantage. Nakita mo naman sa EDSA ‘yung buses, nakadikit na yung mga mukha nila. Doon kami kulang, Otso Diretso was the brand but the name recall was difficult,” she added.

Gutoc said the administration bets were veteran politikos or popular celebrities who were backed with plenty of campaign funds and lots of support from governors and mayors.

Gutoc said she wanted to shift from opposition branding to problem solving in the campaign strategy. But the lack of awareness of individual bets and the void in the opposition bets did not give Otso Diretso bets that much elbow room for adjustments, said Gutoc.

All Otso Diretso bets, including Roxas and Aquino, did not make the top 12 in the vote tally. Aside from Gutoc, other bets in the slate were Florin Hilbay, Erin Tanada, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, and Romy Macalintal.