Several Otso Diretso members reacted negatively after the charismatic Catholic group El Shaddai only endorsed one of their candidates on May 4, 2019.
In a chance interview, Erin Tañada warned El Shaddai that they should explain their definition of honesty to their members or they might lose some supporters on their side.
“Ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng honesty sa kanila? Kung hindi nila maipapaliwanag yan eh baka mamaya ay mawalan rin sila ng mga supporters,” Tanada said.
Samira Gutoc who’s with Tanada during the interview also asked El Shaddai to reconsider the other members of Otso Diretso and endorse them instead of the mostly pro-government candidates that they presented to their followers.
“Pasensya na po El Shaddai, I appeal that you consider me, consider us sa Otso Diretso dahil kami po ay voice of the conscience,” Gutoc said.
Atty. Romulo Macalintal and Chel Diokno also said that despite the endorsement of El Shaddai, he’s hopeful that all Catholics and the millennials would still vote straight the Otso Diretso candidates.
“Hindi papayag ang mga katoliko na bastusin ang ating Panginoon at bastusin ang ating pananampalataya at ating kaparian,” Macalintal said.
Other Otso Diretso candidates didn’t give their opinions on being not chosen by El Shaddai in their endorsement list.
Only Bam Aquino is the only Diretso candidate that received an endorsement from El Shaddai.
The other candidates are Bong Go, Bato Dela Rosa, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Imee Marcos, Nancy Binay, Koko Pimentel, Francis Tolentino, Sonny Angara, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, JV Ejercito, and Willing Ong.