Angara attributes good showing in command votes, endorsements

May 15, 2013 10:38 pm 

MANILA, May 15 – Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara has attributed his good showing in the senatorial election to the command votes and endorsement of celebrities including young actor Coco Martin.

”I see that I got a huge lift from command votes because we finished well in the last 10 days of the campaign. We consolidated the support of religious groups, influential personalities, organized labor unions, local kingpins," Angara said in a media interview at the Team PNoy headquarters in Makati City on Wednesday.

Like fellow Team PNoy candidate Grace Poe, Angara said he was surprised by his strong showing in the senatorial contest.

"It is really much better than what we expected. We never ranked higher than eighth in pre-election surveys, so being in number six is definitely a comfortable place,” Angara said.

Aside from Coco Martin, Angara was also endorsed by actress/singer Sara Geronimo.

”The endorsement of these celebrities is a big help because they introduced me to the masses, a sector of our society wherein there is no large interest in politics. For somebody who is always into serious stuff like me, they [Coco and Sarah] made me relatable to the audience," Angara said.

Angara also received endorsements from religious groups, including Iglesia Ni Cristo which is known for its block vote.

Angara, a graduate of the London School of Economics, University of the Philippines-College of Law and Harvard University, served as congressman of Aurora province and looms to take the place of his father Edgado Angara in the Senate.

Angara, one of the authors in Congress of the bill institutionalizing the “K plus 12”, seeks to provide greater access to education if elected in the Senate.

Angara attended the signing into law by President Benigno Aquino of the “K plus 12” measure on Wednesday before proceeding to Makati City for media briefing.

Angara also admitted that the clout of his father was a big factor on his strong showing.

The elder Angara has been considered as the longest serving senator in post martial law era, having been elected four times (1987 to 1992, 1992 to 1998, 2001 to 2007 and 2007 to 2013).

"Of course, the efforts of my father in the sidelines of the campaign is something that you cannot see in surveys. It is a big factor, too. He called up his friends from politics," Sonny Angara said.

Meanwhile, Poe continued to enjoy a wide margin on top of the senatorial contest based on the partial and unofficial and official results.

Poe is poised to dislodge consistent pre-election survey frontrunners Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Alan Cayetano. (PNA)



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