Actress Iza Calzado endorses Team PNoy’s bet Hontiveros

May 9, 2013 1:21 am 

MANILA, May 8 – Actress and TV host Iza Calzado has joined various political bigwigs and celebrities endorsing Team PNoy senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros for free.

”It’s an honor to be here in front of you today and to endorse and to help Ate Risa be part of the Senate. I believe we need people like Ate Risa in the Senate,” Calzado said in a press conference at the Team PNoy headquarters in Makati City on Wednesday.

First to endorse Hontiveros were singer actress Aiza Seguerra, Cebu hotshot and her cousin Dondon Hontiveros, award winning musician Noel Cabangon and Fliptop icon Bassilyo.

”Whether I can deliver one or two votes for Ate Risa, that’s okay for me. What is important is I fully support her advocacies specially for women. Only this week I show support to candidates and this is for free,” Calzado said.

Hontiveros, however, believed that Calzado can deliver million of votes for her in the May 13 midterm polls.

”Certainly not one or two but one or two million votes. Her presence in my candidacy can only make more people passionate and excited participating in the election day,” Hontiveros said.

Recently, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago endorsed Hontiveros whom she described as “principled” and “willing to sacrifice for the country.”

Hontiveros also received endorsement from Senator Koko Pangilinan, singer Ogie Alcasid, Mother Lily and comedian Chokoleit who impersonated Hontiveros as Risa Hontibelat.

Meanwhile, Hontiveros said she is not disheartened by her exclusion from the list of candidates endorsed by the Iglesia ni Cristo.

”The most crucial endorsement that I am vying for is the support of the marginalized majority, those who, like me, are not satisfied with the status quo and will use their right to vote as a weapon for change,” Hontiveros said.

In the same press conference, Hontiveros announced that she sent an open letter to United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Nancy Binay whom she challenged to a debate.

Binay, eldest daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, has already turned down Hontiveros’ challenge.

The open letter contained Hontiveros’ two questions to Binay had their debate taken place.

”The first question is on reproductive health. You said that you are against the RH law. My question is, as a voter, which candidate you would you vote for — an anti-RH candidate who’s known to be corrupt or a pro-RH candidate who has no record of corruption?,” Hontiveros asked Binay in Filipino.

Hontiveros’ second question was on political dynasties which she said are seen by many as tantamount to corruption, abuse of authority and nepotism.

”Since you are part of a political clan, if the interest of your family runs against the interest of the country, would you be willing to betray your family for the sake of the country?,” Hontiveros asked.

Hontiveros, however, believed that Nancy Binay has track record to be in the Senate considering the latter work as chief of staff of her father when Vice President was still mayor of Makati City. (PNA)

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