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.''