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Mar Roxas, the 3-time sore loser

With 95% votes tallied, it is safe to say that Mar Roxas lost the Senatorial Elections!

A little arithmetic shows that based on COMELEC Transparency Server data as of 2:49 AM, 14 May 2019, there aren't enough remaining votes to catapult Roxas to Top 12 even in best-case scenario!

It's extra tough for Roxas, who has to experience his third straight electoral loss on his 62nd birthday.

Rounding up the first 3 candidates who got the highest number of votes among all other opposition bets is human rights lawyer Chel Diokno of Otso Diretso, who received 6,062,378 votes.

The odds have long been stacked against the opposition bets, most of whom ran either under the Otso Diretso slate or the Labor Win coalition of labor groups. (READ: Will it be enough? Otso Diretso turns to volunteers to boost struggling campaign)

Most of them struggled with running a nationwide campaign, having no steady campaign funds, and few to zero politicians and donors willing to endorse them publicly.

But Vice President Leni Robredo, who campaigned diligently for Otso Diretso, remained positive until the end. The Otso Diretso bets had hoped they would be able to pull off another come-from-behind victory like Robredo did in the 2016 vice presidential polls.

"Whatever the outcome of the elections is, tingin ko panalo na kami – panalo na in uniting a lot of people na pare-pareho iyong paniniwala (I think we're already winners – winners in uniting a lot of people who believe) in the things that are happening in our midst," said the opposition leader after she voted at Naga City on Monday afternoon, May 13. (READ: Otso Diretso says 'victory' in drawing clear lines vs admin)

According to Robredo, the fight does not end after the 2019 midterm elections.

"Kailangan iyong mga taong nag-unite, magkaisa pa din para magdesisyon kung paano lalabanan iyong mga bagay na pakiramdam namin mali. So ito, patuloy iyong pakikibaka," the Vice President said.

(The people must unite, work together to decide on how to fight the things we feel are wrong. So the fight continues.)

"Siyempre mas madali kung mas marami iyong makapasok sa Senado, kasi tingin namin iyon iyong most important battleground. Pero whatever the outcome of the elections is, patuloy ang laban," she added.

(Of course it's easier if many of us made it to the Senate, because we think that's the most important battleground. But whatever the outcome of the elections is, the fight will continue.) – Rappler.com

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