Complete for the first time.
Ever since the filing of their respective certificate of candidacies (COC) last year, the senatorial slate of the opposition coalition never became complete in any of the gatherings or activities organized by their campaign team or supporters.
The closest was on October 24, 2018, when vice-president Leni Robredo formally presented in public the eight candidates of the coalition. The event was held in Marikina where seven out of the eight senatoriables were present, namely, Gary Alejano, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal, and Erin Tanada.
The 8th candidate, Mar Roxas, was in Japan during that time. His campaign team merely sent a video that was played during the gathering.
Former president Noynoy Aquino who also attended the event explained why Roxas was absent.
“I think he’s abroad, sa pagkakaalam ko nahuli ‘yung kaniyang desisyon na tatakbo and he had already scheduled a trip,” Aquino said.
The same goes with all the subsequent activities of the group where not all eight candidates were present. This was a cause for concern for some of their supporters. Truly, how can you get the support of the people if the coalition itself cannot get their act together or if the candidates cannot show that they are united in this fight.
Rumors have it that personal and political differences exist among the candidates of the coalition.
But today, Team Pilipinas disproves that these rumors are just rumors. Not true, no basis, just rumors.
With Roxas as host, the other seven candidates of the opposition arrived in Capiz this morning to attend several activities like the open forum with the students and SK leaders of Hercor College, meeting the women and Barangay leaders at the Villareal stadium and town hall discussion with business groups and leaders at El Circulo, Pueblo de Panay.
The visiting candidates also had a radio tour at the different radio stations in the city.
It was Roxas himself who fetched his fellow opposition candidates at the airport.
We will see in the coming days, weeks, or months prior the election day if all eight candidates will be seen together in sorties and other campaign activities.
But today is a good start and it happened in Capiz, home province of Roxas and definitely a bailiwick of the political opposition.
It will be comforting for their believers and supporters to see that all of their candidates can be together as one, standing for each other, and espousing the same causes and advocacies.