Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza of Buhay party-list welcomed the decision of Rep. Manny Pacquiao to run for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), saying the boxing champ shares Vice President Jejomar Binay’s vision of a government that is sensitive to the needs of the poor.
“I’m very glad that Manny has decided to stick to his principles and commitment to UNA. This shows his strength of character and integrity that will be very useful in his work as Senator. He shares Vice-President Binay’s vision of a government that is sensitive and gives priority to the needs of the poor,” Atienza, a close friend of Pacquiao, said.
“Manny and Vice President Binay experienced having risen from being very poor and having nothing. But thru sheer talent, determination and hard work were able to overcome all odds to be successful in their respective fields. I know Manny is a solid prolifer and I am confident that he will strongly promote a culture of life in his new challenging work as a Senator,” he added.
Included in the UNA Senate slate are Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd; former senators Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri; Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez; former actress Alma Moreno; radio announcer Rey Langit; former Philippine National Police-Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas; Jacel Kiram, a member of the royal family of the Sultanate of Sulu; labor lawyer Allan Montaño; and former Labor undersecretary Susan “Toots” Ople.