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Bituin Escalante (Ex-Duterte supporter) now campaigns for opposition

Bituin Escalante, a singer has not just withdrawn her support for President Rodrigo Duterte but also now campaigning for all 8 senatorial bets from the Oposisyon Koalisyon.

Escalante sang the national anthem at the launch of Team Pilipinas, the opposition coalition’s group of volunteers for the 2019 campaign, held at a Quezon City food park Thursday night, November 29.

The emcees did a short question-and-answer session with Escalante at the start of the program, recalling how the the singer had voted for Duterte in 2016. She has since withdrawn her support because, she said, she loved her country more.

Escalante explained why she decided to vote all 8 senatorial bets of the Oposisyon Koalisyon come May 2019.

“Lahat tayo, hindi tayo buong loob na bumoboto minsan. Alam ko ‘yan. Binoto ko si Digong eh. Pero isipin natin na ang 8, may respeto sa batas. May pagkakaiba tayo ng views, maski RH (reproductive health) bill pa ‘yan, tungkol sa Mindanao, magkakaiba tayo,” said Escalante.

(Sometimes, many of us don't vote with conviction. I should know that. I voted for Digong. But think about it, all 8 senatorial bets, they respect the law. We might have different views, whether it is about the RH bill or Mindanao.)

“Pero ang 8, naniniwala sa tamang pamamaraan ng pagkakaiba. We believe in the vote, we believe in our laws. They believe in our laws. So we may fight over the little things, pero ang prinsipiyo, ang paninindigan sa batas, ‘yan ang kaya kong panindigan na paninindigan ng 8. Straight 8!” she added.


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