Ong claim on pol endorsements needs context
I do not know any politicians, so I was not in their sample ballots. The command votes from the mayors would account for say 30, 40 percent. That's millions of votes. I did not have all of that. I had no endorsements from politicians, and we only spent P581,000.
— Willie Ong, ANC Talkback, May 20, 2019
Senate hopeful Willie Ong’s claim that he ran for office with “no endorsements from politicians” needs context.
Ong was among the 15 candidates included in the initial Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial slate by presidential daughter and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte in November, but not in the final lineup of 13 in February.
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'I could have won': Doc Willie Ong reflects on failed Senate bid. (2019, May 20). ABS-CBN. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/20/19/i-could-have-won-doc-willie-ong-reflects-on-failed-senate-bid
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