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Drilon endorses 8 Senate bets in Iloilo

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called on Ilonggos to help his eight senatorial candidates win in this year’s mid-term elections.

Drilon, an Ilonggo, made the endorsement during a media briefing after he keynoted the turnover ceremony of the renovated Sunburst park to the Iloilo City Government.

The veteran politiko pushed for the candidacy of the “Otso Deretso” candidates, namely election lawyer Romeo Macalintal, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, civic leader Samira Gutoc Tomawis, and former deputy speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada.

He also sought support for the Senate bids of Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino, Rep. Gary Alejano, former Interior secretary Mar Roxas, and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay.

“Today, I am endorsing to the people of Iloilo the eight Senatorial candidates of the opposition who will help me to push the progress that we have seen in the province and city of Iloilo,” Drilon said.

He also stressed that the eight opposition candidates will help “preserve democracy.”

“These are the people who can stand up to abuses,” according to him.