AFTER getting the endorsement of his former party the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero’s candidacy got another boost, this time from party-list group Sanlakas.
Sanlakas, a multisectoral people’s organization, threw its support behind Escudero because it sees him as one of several principled candidates who agreed to pursue the group’s seven-point “platform of change.”
The platform includes calls for regular employment; social services such as education, public housing, universal health care, safe and efficient mass transportation; land use and government support to farmers; climate justice and protection to the environment; pro-people budgeting and progressive taxation; eradication of corruption and people’s sovereignty against foreign and corporate powers.
Sanlakas party-list nominee Leody De Guzman said they allied with Escudero to prevent the country from slipping into fascism as espoused by Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is running for president.
He noted that while they understood why there are sectors that were disappointed with the outcome of the Edsa People Power Revolution, this does not justify support for the candidacy of Duterte, who has long advocated federalism and very vocal in his plan to kill criminals.
At the same time, Escudero and Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday vowed to respect the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) if it rules to release former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Arroyo is suffering from cervical spondylosis and is currently under hospital arrest. The former leader was accused of misusing Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.
“The role of the executive branch, particularly the president or anybody from the executive is not to interfere, pressure or influence the court in the handling of the case,” said Escudero who was with Poe and the senatorial candidates of Partido Galing at Puso visiting Pampanga, the bailiwick of Arroyo.
Poe and Escudero said they will not interfere if the High Court decides to release the former president.