‘Don’t say sorry,’ Chel Diokno tells supporters

By Luchi de Guzman, CNN Philippines

Opposition senatorial candidate Chel Diokno did not make it to the ‘Magic 12’.

As of 5:53 p.m., the founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law ranked 21st in the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) media server’s partial, unofficial tally, with 6.17 million votes.

In a meeting Tuesday evening, Diokno consoled his supporters, and told them not to apologize for losing the elections.

Wag kayong mag-sorry. (Don’t apologize) There is no need to be sorry for anything. We did our best and we did well,” Diokno said.

He thanked his 6 million voters and said that this is not the end for them.

The son of former Senator Jose Diokno, who was the founding chair of the Commission on Human Rights, is a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.

Noong nagsimula itong kampanya, dalawa lang ang pinag-pasyahan ko sa sarili ko. Unang-una lagi akong mag-sasalita sa kung ano man ang katotohanan, kung tungkol man sa death penalty at sa panghihimasok ng China. At pangalawa ay ako ay magpapakatotoo. Dahil ang gusto kong makita ng taong bayan ay kung sino talaga ako,” Diokno said.

[Translation: I had decided on two things when the campaign started. First I will always tell the truth, whether it’s about death penalty or China’s encroachment. Second, I will be true to myself, because I want the people to see who I really am.]

He said that he is not sad about the election results, and that the fight is still not over.

Wala nang iyak-iyakan. Dahil bukas na bukas mag sisimula tayo ulit. Bukas dapat may iba tayong ma-woke,” he added, refering to how his social media followers had pegged him as a ‘woke’ lolo(grandfather).

[Translation: So don’t cry. Tomorrow we’ll start again. Tomorrow we will help other people become ‘woke’.]

While he did not say if he would run for office again, the human rights lawyer said that he will continue to fight for the oppressed.

Kung merong oppressed, merong nang-o-oppress. Kung tayo ay magising, magpapamulat, magigingwoke, magpapa-oppress pa po ba tayo?”

[Translation: If there are oppressed, then there must be people who oppress them. If we wake up, open our eyes and become ‘woke’, will we still let ourselves be oppressed?]

As of 5:53 p.m., the 12 candidates leading the unofficial, partial tally are Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Bong Go, Pia Cayetano, Bato Dela Rosa, Sonny Angara, Lito Lapid, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, Koko Pimentel and Nancy Binay.

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