President Aquino Endorses Angara, Villanueva

MANILA, Philippines - Making another early campaign pitch, President Benigno S. Aquino III yesterday asked the public to support Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) head Joel Villanueva in the 2013 senatorial elections in a bid to increase his allies in government.

The President endorsed the two administration allies in next year's polls during the 57th birthday celebration of Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali at Maro beach resort here that turned into a virtual political rally of the administration coalition.

Both Angara and Villanueva, who accompanied the Chief Executive's visit here, welcomed the President's endorsement but claimed they have not made up their mind if they will run for senator next year. Angara is the son of Senator Edgardo Angara while Villanueva is the son of Jesus Is Lord movement leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

At the start of his impromptu speech, the President, clad in a yellow shirt and jeans, first introduced Angara to the crowd, citing his credentials as spokesman of the prosecution team in the trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

''Si Sonny baka napapanood ninyo sa tv madalas. Ito yung nagpapaliwanag ng mga usapin ng mga abogado sa impeachment para maintindahan natin lahat dahil kailangan natin matuto kung ano ba nangyayari sa impeachment na yan,'' the President said.

''Kapag siya ay natalo sa kasong ito at bumalik sa pribadong sektor pag-iinitan ng mga hindi diretsong mga lakad ng hukom kaya huwag nating kalilimutan si Sonny Angara talagang lumalaban para sa atin,'' he added.

After endorsing Angara, the President called Villanueva to his side, saying the TESDA chiefs promotes ''our right to improve our welfare.''

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Holy Week in Mt Banahaw: Mysticism meets Catholicism VERA Files - The Inbox

    Text and photos by Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files Dolores, Quezon—Around this time each year, hundreds of devotees flock to Barangay Sta. Lucia in Dolores, Quezon on the slopes of Mount Banahaw to celebrate Holy Week. Here, mysticism meets Catholicism, … Continue reading → …

  • Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng VERA Files - The Inbox
    Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng

    By April Anne Benjamin, VERA Files San Pedro, Laguna--For 14 Maundy Thursdays now, Inding Amoranto has prayed the rosary while walking the eight-kilometer distance from her house to the Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulcher in the village of … Continue reading → …

  • Batangas women bear ‘the cross’ to save loved ones VERA Files - The Inbox
    Batangas women bear ‘the cross’ to save loved ones

    Text and photos by Jane Dasal, VERA Files Nasugbu, Batangas—At the break of dawn on Good Friday, Celilia Zafra donned a black dress and shrouded her face with a black cloth. Then she walked to a place called “putol na … Continue reading → …

Poll Choice Options