Labor group endorses Cebu City bets, nine senatorial candidates

May 3, 2013 11:46 pm 

CEBU CITY, May 3 — The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) has endorsed almost all candidates of the Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) in Cebu City.

The labor group, which has 18,000 members in Cebu City, also endorsed nine senatorial candidates.

Cebu City has 647,681 registered voters, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Of the 20 BOPK bets vying for various positions in the city, only former councilor, Nestor Archival, was not included in the list of candidates endorsed by the labor group.

Art Barrit, head of the ALU-TUCP education department, said they had explained to BOPK head Rep. Tomas Osmena (Cebu City, south district) that they cannot endorse all BOPK candidates because they have to support Boobi Kintanar of the Team Rama.

Kintanar’s father, Vicente “June Kintanar, had helped dyLA secure its franchise.

Barrit said they gave Osmena the chance to decide who among the BOPK candidates for the council to be excluded from the endorsement of ALU-TUCP.

Osmena explained that he decided that Archival be excluded from the endorsement since Archival always tops the surveys among the north district candidates for the council.

Barrit said they decided to endorse Osmena and most of his slate because during his stint as mayor, he had helped the Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR), an affiliate of ALU-TUCP.

ALU-TUCP also endorsed nine senatorial candidates, seven of which are from Team PNoy, one from the United Nationalist Alliance and one independent.

The seven Team PNoy senatorial candidates are reelectionist Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Loren Legarda, former Akbayan Party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe and former Las Pinas City Rep. Cynthia Villar.

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito Estrada was the only candidate from UNA who made it to the list, which also included independent candidate Eddie Villanueva.

TUCP said that the nine senatorial candidates “have championed the rights of the workers.”

TUCP is the oldest and most established labor federation in the country with over a hundred labor unions nationwide. (PNA)



One Response to “Labor group endorses Cebu City bets, nine senatorial candidates”

  1. santiguel22 on May 4th, 2013 3:03 am

    Im glad ALU-TUCP is endorsing these deserving candidates. these candidates are the main tool to deliver us in to good governance