Various volunteer organizations on Monday launched Para sa Laban ng Otso Diretso (PaSaLODi), a crowdsourcing campaign geared towards strengthening the senatorial bids of opposition slate Otso Diretso.
"Kung labanan lang ng tarpaulin at labanan lang ng TV ads, maliwanag na hindi natin kayang tapatan 'yung mga kalahating bilyon na tinatapon o ginagastos ng ating mga katunggali sa administrasyon," Liberal Party president Senator Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan said during the launching event in Makati.
"Dito tayo aasa sa pagkapanalo natin sa 2019 May, sa mga mamamayan na tataya, sa mga mamamayan na kikilos, mga mamamayang maninindigan para sa Otso Diretso," he added.
Representatives of the volunteer organizations Team Pilipinas, Manindigan Na, Piso Para Kay Leni, and The Silent Majority led the PaSaLODi launch.
According to the group Project Makinig, which manages the house-to-house campaign activities of Otso Diretso, around 16,000 volunteers have been mobilized nationwide since the campaign period kicked off in February.
The coalition's target is to assemble a total of 300,000 volunteers across the country, focusing on grassroots and face-to-face approach in different communities.
In order to achieve this projection, an online funding account had earlier been opened for Otso Diretso in a bid to raise P8 million.
As of March 18, 2019, almost P400,000 in donations have come from 166 individuals.
Supporters may also send their donations through bank accounts, GCash Transfers, or PayPal transactions.
Vice President Leni Robredo, chairperson of the Liberal Party, earlier mentioned the opposition’s plan to mobilize volunteers for the midterm elections, recognizing Otso Diretso candidates’ limitation in resources.
"Walang pera iyong partido to support its candidates. Iyong mga kandidato mismo, walang pera, except for a few. Iyong gusto nating subukan ngayon, parang people’s campaign, na iyong tao, hindi iyong pulitiko, ang magdadala ng kapanalunan ng kandidato," she had said.
Running for senator under the opposition coalition are former Senator Mar Roxas, former Quezon Representative Erin Tañada, Maranao advocate Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, incumbent Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, and former Solicitor-General Florin Hilbay. — BM, GMA News