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Makabayan Bloc Endorses Robredo-Pangilinan Ticket

Human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares made the announcement.
by Ara Eugenio
A day ago
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The Makabayan Bloc on Friday formally endorsed the presidential and vice presidential bids of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan in the May 9 elections, widening their support base to include progressive groups advocating for Filipino masses.

The announcement was spearheaded by human rights lawyer and former Bayan Muna Chair Neri Colmenares, upon his inclusion in the 1Sambayan opposition coalition’s senatorial slate.

"Nais kong ipahayag, sa ngalan ng aking partido, ang Makabayan Coalition, ang aming pag-endorso at malakas na suporta kay VP Leni Robredo bilang kandidato sa pagkapangulo ng Pilipinas at kay Senator Kiko Pangilinan bilang bise presidente. Ito ay sa batayan ng nagkakaisang posisyon sa mga usapin kaugnay ng pandemic response; pag-angat ng kabuhayan ng mga manggagawa, magsasaka, maralita at katutubo; mga isyung pangkalikasan; pagtaguyod ng human rights at tunay na kapayapaan, at soberanya sa West PH Sea at buong kapuluan," Colmenares said.

The group said their decision to adopt the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem was in line with their efforts to stop the tandem of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for president and his running mate, Sara Duterte-Carpio.

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Earlier, 1Sambayan opposition coalition added human rights lawyer and former Bayan Muna congressman Neri Colmenares in its senatorial slate

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