Team PNoy runs a good campaign based on issues – Angara

May 7, 2013 10:11 pm 

MANILA, May 7 – Despite allegation of mudslinging and black propaganda, senatorial candidate Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara still believes the Team PNoy has run a good campaign based on issues and advocacies important to the people.

”I think we’ve run a good campaign. Team PNoy has run a good campaign based on issues,” Angara said in a Team PNoy press conference on Tuesday at the Makati City headquarters.

”None of us engaged in mudslinging. What we threw to them are issues that are important to the people,” he added.

With still six days left before the May 13 mid-term polls, Angara said endorsements from different organizations as well as religious groups would play crucial role specially for those candidates who will battle it out for the last four of the 12 senatorial slots.

”I think command vote will be crucial in determining the last four slots. So each endorsement is important,” the son of outgoing Sen. Edgardo Angara said.

”It’s no secret. What crucial now is to get the so-called command vote from the religious organizations and big groups like labor union, politicians and other business groups,” he explained.

Angara admitted he sought an endorsement from influential religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo but clarified that until now, “there is no official statement “ yet from INC.

Based on some newspaper reports, the INC has endorsed seven bets from Team PNoy and five from opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Known for its block vote, the INC has reportedly endorsed Angara, Bam Aquino, Alan Cayetano, Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Antonio Trillanes and Cynthia Villar from Team PNoy; and, Nancy Binay, Jack Enrile, JV Ejercito, Gregorio Honasan and Richard Gordon from UNA.

”I think it’s not proper for us to comment as long as we’re not formally informed by the endorsement. But what is clear at this point, definitely, all the 33 senatorial candidates are seeking INC endorsement,” Angara said.

Angara also admitted that an endorsement of INC has more weight compared to the showbiz personalities.

”We all know that they vote as a block whereas the endorsement of some celebrities is persuasive only or not required,” he said.

Angara is banking on the endorsement of showbiz celebrities Coco Martin, Sarah Geronimo, Julia Montes and Kris Aquino as well as from Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and other labor and business groups.

Meanwhile, Angara appealed to the voting public to be careful in electing the officials specially the 12 senators on Monday’s polls.

”I hope our voters would be sensitive and careful in getting information about candidates they will vote. They should make their own investigation,” Angara said.

Angara made this challenge amid reports of black propaganda including the latest against fellow Team PNoy candidate Loren Legarda who has been accused of non-inclusion of her New York property in her statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALN).(PNA)

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