ANGARA GRATEFUL, OVERWHELMED BY ENDORSEMENT OF FPJ SUPPORTERS
Senator Sonny Angara continues to rake in endorsements in his bid for another six-year term in the Senate, the latest of which was from supporters of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.
Angara was among the seven senatorial candidates endorsed by the Filipinos for Peace, Justice and Progress Movement (FPJPM) for the upcoming May elections. The group made the announcement in an event held at Club Filipino in San Juan City on Monday.
Formerly FPJ for President Movement, the FPJPM supported Poe when he ran for president but lost to Gloria Arroyo in the 2004 elections.
Angara said he was overwhelmed by and grateful for the FPJPM's endorsement, calling it a major boost to his reelection bid.
"Marami pa ring nagmamahal kay Da King-kay FPJ at definitely malaking tulong ito sa ating kandidatura," Angara said.
The senator, who is running under the platform "Alagang Angara," said he was one with the FPJPM in carrying on Poe's mission of fighting social injustices.
"'Nagkakaisa kami sa pakikipaglaban para sa katarungang panlipunan na 'yun talaga ang naging motto ni FPJ noong siya ay nabubuhay pa at 'yun ang ipinagpapatuloy ng FPJPM," Angara said.
Angara is also being endorsed by Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional political party chaired by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. He is also a guest candidate of PDP-Laban, the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Also backing his reelection was the Coalition of Services of the Elderly Inc. or COSE, who described the lawmaker as a "true champion" of the rights and welfare of the Filipino elderly in the Senate. COSE is an umbrella organization of 450 groups promoting the interest of senior citizens.
Angara was also endorsed by Coop-NATCCO Party-list, the country's largest federation of cooperatives as it represents marginalized and underrepresented farmers and their cooperatives in Congress. Coop-NATCCO claims to have 906 member-cooperatives located in 62 provinces and 42 cities in all 17 regions in the country.
Just recently, one of the topnotchers in the 2016 senatorial elections, Senator Joel "Tesdaman" Villanueva, also threw his full support behind Angara's reelection bid.
Villanueva, son of evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, placed second in the 2016 senatorial polls with more than 18 million votes.
Angara, on the other hand, was elected to the Senate in 2013 after placing sixth in the midterm elections with over 16 million votes.
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