By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Sept. 30 (PNA) – Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares became the first member of the senatorial ticket of presidential candidate Grace Poe and Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero.
During the National Convention of the Makabayan bloc at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Poe and Escudero endorsed Colmenares’ senatorial bid in front of the big crowd.
”It is my honor to endorse Congressman Neri Colmenares,” Poe said.
For his part, Escudero assured the Makabayan bloc that he and Poe are with them in supporting Colmenares’ senatorial bid.
”I am with you in helping and making sure that Neri will reach his goal,” Escudero said.
Aside from Bayan Muna, the other members of Makabayan coalition are Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan, Courage, Migrante, ACT-Teachers, Katribu, Akap Bata, Piston, Kalikasan and Aking Bikolnon.
Two weeks ago, Poe and Escudero formed tandem after declaring intention to run as ‘independent’ presidential and vice presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.
Earlier, eight partylist groups have endorsed the Poe-Escudero tandem. They are An Waray, Abang Lingkod, Abe, Ang Nars, BH (Bagong Henerasyon), Anak IP, Abono, and Ako Bicol. (PNA)