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Risa on reelection: ‘Papunta pa lang tayo sa exciting part’

The lone opposition bet to make it to the Magic 12, Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday said she was looking forward to working with old and new colleagues in the 19th Congress.

The senator was proclaimed along with 11 other senators-elect by the Commission on Elections, after placing 11th in the senatorial elections.

“Alam nyo, palagi nating sinasabi noong kampanya na papunta pa lang tayo sa exciting part. Sa tingin ko, walang nag-akala na ganito pala ka-exciting, hindi lang ang exciting part, kundi maging ang susunod na anim na taon. Ang dami pa tuloy nating exciting parts na pupuntahan,” she said.

“We did it, mga kasama. I am very proud of the Filipino people for coming out in record numbers and performing our civic duty. Napakalaking karangalan po na pinagkatiwalaan akong muli ng masang Pilipino,” Hontiveros said.

“Looking back at everything we went through, I cannot help but think that it is almost a miracle that I am standing before you today,” she said.

“But the truth is, I am able to mark this new journey because of the love and hardwork of everyone around me: my family, my staff and campaign team, sa aking partidong Akbayan, my friends, allies, and, of course, all Filipinos dreaming of a better life. All of you who are watching and supporting, hindi ako mauubusan ng pasasalamat para sa inyong lahat,” she said.

“Tuloy rin ang ating kampanya para sa Healthy Buhay at Hanapbuhay at sa pagpasa ng mahahalagang batas para sa mamamayan. I look forward to working with everyone,” Hontiveros said.

“Mga kasama, hindi iisa ang magiging liwanag natin. Hindi tayo naghahanap ng tila iisang kandilang may sindi sa kawalan. Bagkus, ituring natin ang bawat isa na mga alitaptap na sama-samang kumukutitap hanggang dumating ang bagong umaga. Let us look after each other. Walang iwanan. Tuloy ang laban,” she said.

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