Masipag na, mabait pa! Drilon backs senatorial bid of Angara
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Reelectionist administration Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is receiving outpouring support from both sides of the political fence.
The latest politiko to endorse the relection bid of Angara is Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon.
“Suportahan natin si Senator Sonny Angara. Maaasahan, masipag, mabait. Kailangan natin sa Senado, Sonny Angara. Numero otso sa balota para sa Alagang Angara,” Drilon, vice chair of the Liberal Party, said in Hiligaynon via a video message.
Drilon, the Senate President during the 16th Congress, topped the 2016 senatorial polls with 18.6 million votes.
Angara, his late father, former Senate President Edgardo Angara and Drilon are members of the Sigma Rho Fraternity in the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.
Earlier, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senate Finance Committee chair Loren Legarda have endorsed Angara’s senatorial bid.
Angara also has the backing of President Duterte and the ruling administration party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) as well as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and her influential political entity Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).
Senators Joel Villanueva and Sherwin Gatchalian have also expressed support for their seatmate Angara.
Senator Panfilo Lacson has also identified Angara as one of 11 senatorial candidates he would vote for in the May 13 polls.
Other groups supporting Angara’s Senate bid are One Batangas, Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations Inc.; Filipinos for Peace, Justice and Progress Movement or FPJPM; Coalition of Services of the Elderly Inc.; Coop-NATCCO Party-list; and Davao-based District III Women Federation Inc.