TUCP endorses 7 UNA, 4 Team Pinoy and one independent senatorial candidates

May 9, 2013 1:21 am 

MANILA, May 8 — The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) led by former Senator Ernesto Herrera on Wednesday endorses 12 senatorial candidates whom they claim will help laborers uplift their present economic status.

TUCP chose seven candidates from United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), four from the Team PNoy and an independent candidate.

In a press conference held at Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City, Herrera revealed their bets. They were Migz Zubiri, Gringo Honasan, Ernesto Maceda, JV Estrada, Dick Gordon, Jack Enrile and Nancy Binay from UNA.

The lucky four candidates from Team PNoy were Loren Legarda, Jun Magsaysay, Grace Poe and Bam Aquino. The only independent candidate to complete the magic 12 was Christian Seneres.

Herrera, president of TUCP, said that the magic 12 is the product of mock election of all its affiliate labor group officers as they respect the choice of the majority.

He said the basis of selection of candidates is on their track record as public servants and their advocacies in advancing worker’s welfare.

“In democratically exercising workers’ right to vote, we want to make sure that those who will be elected as senators are pro-worker, pro people and committed to promote decent jobs for the vast unemployed and protects workers’ rights. This is the ultimate test in our bid towards alleviating poverty and unemployment,” Herrera told reporters.

According to the former lawmaker, TUCP- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) leaders held consultations among their members to get their sentiments vis-à-vis senatorial aspirants who will pursue workers’ cause and vigorously champion their rights and interest.

He also said that TUCP threw their support to its party list TUCP and OFW party list. TUCP is headed by Roland dela Cruz while OFW is headed by former Ambassador Roy Seneres.

“The labor center is very confident that with the magnitude of support from its memberships from various industries and overseas workers, labor will eventually have a strong voice in both houses of Congress,” Herrera stressed. (PNA)

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