The Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai has thrown its support behind 14 candidates running for senator in the May 13 elections.
The list, announced on Saturday (May 4), is dominated by candidates from Hugpong ng Pagbabago, with a few names of independent and opposition bets.
The candidates endorsed by El Shaddai are:
– Senator Cynthia Villar
– Senator Grace Poe
– Senator Koko Pimentel
– Senator JV Ejercito
– Senator Nancy Binay
– Senator Sonny Angara
– Senator Bam Aquino
– Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go
– Former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino
– Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa
– Former Senator Bong Revilla
– Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada
– Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos
– Dr. Willie Ong
A report by ABS-CBN News quoted El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde as saying that the candidates were selected because they had sought out the group even when it was not election season.
El Shaddai endorsed only 12 bets for senator in the 2016 elections.