- There were posts claiming that Mar Roxas left the Osto Diretso
- Many people observed that Roxas was not actively participating in the campaign rallies of the opposition coalition
- However, the claim in the viral video has been debunked
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There have been posts claiming that Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas has left the opposition coalition, Otso Diretso. However, KAMI learned that this claim has been debunked.
In a blog posted on the dutertedefenders.net, it said that Roxas allegedly left Otso Diretso be an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The headline read: “BREAKING: MAR ROXAS UMALIS NA SA OTSO DIRETSO AT KAMPI NA KAY PRES. DUTERTE."
The post also contained a video uploaded on Youtube by the Duterte Angles with the same claim.
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However, Rappler reported that the claim was false. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, the campaign manager of Otso Diretso said that the report’s claim has no truth at all.
Senatorial candidate and another member of Otso Diretso, Romulo Macalintal, has shared that Roxas’ absence during their campaign rally is part of their “political strategy.”
“Katunayan niyan kaya hindi siya nagsasasama sa amin, palibhasa siya ang mas kilala, the moment na kasama namin siya, siya lang ang napapansin at kami hindi napapansin,” Macalintal said, as reported by the ABS-CBN News (author Katrina Domingo).
“So more of a political strategy ang ginagawa ni Mar Roxas and we are thankful dahil sa lahat ng pag-ikot niya ay dinadala niya ang entire slate ng Otso Diretso,” he added.
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Roxas was the only candidate of the Otso Diretso who made it to the Top 12 in the recent Pulse Asia.
Born on May 13, 1957, Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II was the former Interior Secretary. He also served in the Senate from 2004 to 2010. Roxas is the husband of ABS-CBN TV anchor, Korina Sanchez.
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