Makabayan adopts 5 LP coalition senatorial candidates

November 8, 2012 11:12 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 8 – The Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) endorsed on Thursday five senatorial candidates running under the slate of the coalition of ruling Liberal Party, Nacionalista Party and Nationalist People’s Coalition (LP-NP-NPC).

The adopted five guest senatorial candidates are incumbent Senators Loren Legarda, Joseph Francis Escudero and Aquilino Pimentel III, and former Las Pinas Congresswoman Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe-LLamanzares.

They complete Makabayan’s so-called "6 Senate champions" that include the party’s lone senatorial candidate, Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Teddy Casino.

”This manifests our confidence in the leadership qualities of the six, their personal integrity, and their pro-people stand on significant public issues,” Makabayan president Satur Ocampo said.

Ocampo said the endorsement was the product of a series of consultations based on shared people’s issues and advocacies, including genuine agrarian reform and lowering the prices of basic commodities and services.

”Each of our chosen guest candidates has shared, or agreed to support, in varying degrees, certain Makabayan advocacies,” Ocampo, who ran and lost in the 2010 senatorial race, said.

Villar expressed appreciation to Makabayan for endorsing her candidacy, vowing to pursue her own advocacies on the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), creation of livelihood and protection of environment.

”We should not give up pushing economic development. It’s a series of fight. Together we will make a difference in this country,” Villar, wife of incumbent Senator Manny Villar, said.

Escudero and Legarda, the two leading senatorial candidates based on surveys, consider as "honor and privilege" their inclusion as guest candidates by the Makabayan which was recently accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

”I thank the leaders and members of Makabayan for their endorsement. We have long been partners in our aim for a better society as seen in our perspective works to improve the lives of the poor, workers, women, children, teachers, OFWs, and our indigenous people,” Legarda said.

”It’s my honor and privilege to be part of this group,” Escudero, for his part, said.

Poe-LLamanzares, daughter of the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., Legarda and Escudero also have been included as guest candidates in the senatorial slate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Ocampo said other issues that Makabayan would present to the people are increase of budgetary allocations for essential social services; asserting national sovereignty and people’s interest; end to extrajudicial killings; repeal of the Cybercrime law and decriminalizing libel; and passage of the Freedom of Information Bill and Whistleblowers Act.

”We will take these issues to the people during the campaign –- and, after victory, into the Senate –- where the "6 champions" will endeavor to translate most of them into legislation,” Ocampo said during the Makabayan proclamation of the six senatorial candidates at the Quezon City Sports Club. (PNA)

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