Labor, urban-poor groups team up with Escudero

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LABOR and urban poor groups have found an ally in Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who vowed to help them in pursuing their aspiration in bringing meaningful reforms for the rights and welfare of the country’s poor.

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Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), a political party composed of marginalized sectors like labor and the urban poor, on Sunday vowed to support the vice presidential bid of Escudero, and push for the realization of the party’s seven-point platform called “Plataporma ng Pagbabago” (Platform of Change) that will benefit the poor.

“An alliance has now been forged between the party of the laboring masses and Sen. Chiz Escudero on the basis of advancing specific and concrete demands of the toiling and impoverished majority,” said Sonny Melencio, PLM chairman.

According to Melencio, the party believes that teaming up with Escudero would ensure that “the urgent, everyday problems of the Filipino masses are not lost in the raucous electoral arena.”

The independent vice presidential candidate said the seven-point agenda was consistent with the platform he shares with running mate Sen. Grace Poe, who like Escudero, has been leading pre-election presidential surveys.

“We believe in a Gobyernong may Puso [government with a heart], one that is sensitive to the problems confronted by the majority of our people. We also believe that whatever growth and progress enjoyed by the nation should be shared by all and not just a few, dapat walang maiiwan [no one should be left behind],” Escudero added.

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