Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano insisted that his group ‘Otso Diretso’ is not with the ‘dilawan’, saying that they’re not even connected with former President Noynoy Aquino.
In a press conference, Alejano pointed out that even they’re criticizing the current administration, it doesn’t mean that they’re part of the yellows.
Yellow is the trademark political color of the Liberal Party during the time of former Presidents Cory Aquino and Benigno Aquino III.
“The story of Otso Diretso or its individual members is not based on the story of the Liberal Party or former President [Noynoy] Aquino,” Alejano said.
“There’s propaganda to paint the previous administration or any critic or opposition member as ‘yellow,’ and that we all have the same faces,” he added.
While Otso Diretso is trying to evade being labeled as Dilawan, this is also the same with the camp of former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas’ who are now wearing blue during his campaigns.
“It was a conscious decision [to change colors] because one mistake [Roxas] made in 2016 was acting like Robin to [Aquino’s] Batman . . . and Robin will never be Batman,” the camp of Roxas said.
The statement from the camp of Roxas made Kris Aquino, sister of Noynoy to criticize the former DILG secretary.
However, Kris also thanked the camp of Roxas for making her reconcile with her brother after one year of not talking to each other.
“you were a blessing in disguise cong. Erice. Because of you & your candidate, our FAMILY has moved so much closer to becoming WHOLE again… hindi na kailangan maging divided between Team N and Team K, because more than any other family, alam namin how temporary power and political alliances can be, BUT the whole of Monday, my sisters & i communicated a TRUTH & a BOND shared by every other Filipino regardless of political affiliation: HINDI MO TINATALIKURAN ANG KADUGO MO. DAHIL SA UMPISA AT HULI, ANG HINDI MANGIIWAN SA YO- PAMILYA.” Aquino said.