The political party of the MILF, the former rebel group that's now leading an expanded autonomous region in the south, on Saturday endorsed Leni Robredo's candidacy for president, the first time in recent history that they made such a move.
Officials of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party raised Robredo's hand during an event at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, the former military headquarters of the MILF. The event was carried live by regional broadcaster Bangsamoro Multimedia Network.
Also precent to endorse Robredo, Maguindanao Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu, who switched allegiance from presidential candidate Isko Moreno. Former Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra Sema also endorsed Robredo.
The endorsement came just hours before Robredo was to attend her birthday rally in Pasay City, which her supporters hope will set a new record.
Also on Saturday, Robredo blasted as "fake news", reports circulating that exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison is her adviser.