Palpak si Pangilinan: Kiko quits as LP president over Otso Diretso’s loss

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Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has resigned as Liberal Party (LP) president for his supposed failure to secure victory for the Otso Diretso opposition senatorial slate in the recent midterm elections.

In a statement, Pangilinan on Monday said he took “full responsibility for the results of the national elections which saw the opposition slate Otso Diretso suffer a complete shutout.”

Pangilinan has handed his letter of resignation as Liberal Party president to Party chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo.

The Otso Diretso senatorial candidates were Bam Aquino, Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, Erin Tanada, and Mar Roxas.

All of them failed to enter the “Magic 12” winning circle. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to proclaim this afternoon the 12 winning senatorial candidates.

“As campaign manager for the Otso Diretso slate, I was unable to ensure our victory in the elections and I therefore assume full responsibility for the outcome and hold myself primarily accountable for this defeat and have tendered my resignation as president of the LP effective June 30, 2019,” Pangilinan said.

“As of this writing, the Commission on Elections has not proclaimed the winning senators pending questions of possible irregularities with the seven-hour glitch after the elections, the breakdown of hundreds of vote counting machines, and the identification of over a thousand defective SD (secure digital) cards,” he said.

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