A large labor federation has thrown support behind several senatorial candidates in the May elections.
The Trade Union of the Philippines (TUCP) has chosen former Public Works and Highways Mark Villar as its top pick for senator in the upcoming polls, according to its spokespersonn.
In an interview with Politiko on Monday, TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay revealed the senatorial candidates have been chosen based from survey conducted among the group’s members. The list of TUCP’s Senate picks is expected to be formally announced this week.
“Sa aming endorsement na gagawin either tomorrow or Wednesday ay babanggitin na rin natin itong listahan ng TUCP,” the spokesperson said.
“Babanggitin ko lang. Number 1 sa mga senatoriable ay si Mark Villar, Ano. Siya yung top na lumabas sa survey,” Tanjusay added.
The list of senatorial bets to be backed by TUCP are the following:
-Senator Joel Villanueva
-Senator Risa Hontiveros
-former Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro
-former Vice President Jojo Binay
-former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenaras
-Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
-former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol
-labor leader Elmer Labog
-labor leader Sonny Matula
-former Senator Jinggoy Estrada
The TUCP official explained the senatorial candidates have been chosen not only because of their track record but also for sharing the labor group’s advocacies.
“Ang common denominator na pinagbasehan namin. Unang una, sila ay madaling lapitan, madaling kausap at madali kaming mag-endorse ng mga policy measures mga batas na gusto ng TUCP na ihain sa kongreso o sa senado,” the TUCP official said.
“Ikalawa, ito yung gma senador na meron ng track record. Meron ng kumbaga e maipagmamalaki,” he said.
The country’s largest labor group earlier declared support for the presidential tandem of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio. The group said this was an overwhelming majority decision in all caucuses held in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
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