The Otso Diretso candidates with alleged Vice President Leni Robredo staged a support rally in Hong Kong in an attempt to entice backing from the overseas Filipino worker community in that area only to be met with heckling.
“Marami kang mararating dito na overseas Filipino workers natin. Balitang-balita dito na kapag Sabado at Linggo ay nagkakaroon ng isang malaking grupo ng OFWs,” said Romulo Macalintal who is a candidate of Otso Diretso referring to the Filipino workers who sit together in droves on their day off, spending time with their kababayans.
Although Otso Diretso got it right about the Filipino presence in Hong Kong (around 200,000) they may not have been as well-informed as they should have been. Many analysts see Hong Kong as Duterte country. In the 2016 Presidential elections, Duterte received almost seven times as many votes as his closest rival and the Liberal Party’s old beaten up race horse, Mar Roxas.
An Ateneo Policy Center Senoir Research Fellow told put it well when he told news sources “I think overseas Filipinos have already made up their minds even before the campaign period has begun. The wooing, ‘yung panliligaw sa OFW, dapat that should happen even before the campaign period. If you reach out to them now, most likely they are just going to say why only now?”
While some media outlets said many Filipinos came out in support of the hateful eight, their efforts may just have been in vain. Some netizens uploaded videos of the event. In said videos you can see the Filipino community Otso Diretso is appealing to ignore Leni and her merry band of know-it-alls as they regurgitate their overused spiel; all the while receiving jeers and repeated chants of “Duterte” from the president’s loyal fan base.
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