President Rodrigo Duterte has endorsed senatorial candidates anew for the 2019 midterm elections after initially backing three administration bets.
In an interview at the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) summit in Pasay City, Duterte endorsed the candidacies of incumbent senators Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar. He also endorsed the senatorial bids of Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.
“I would be supporting those who supported me during the last elections. Utang na loob ‘yan eh. (I owe them that),” the chief executive said.
The President also endorsed the Senate bid of singer Freddie Aguilar during his speech in the TODA summit.
“Akala lang kasi ninyo si Freddie magkanta (People think Freddie is merely a singer). Pero (But) Freddie Aguilar is the only singer nakita ko na may mensahe ang kanta niya. Lahat ng kanta niya (where I saw that all his songs carry a message). Very hard. Mahirap gawin ‘yan (It’s a hard thing to do). He’s trying to convey a message to the country,” he said.
“Freddie Aguilar is the only singer with songs that carry a message He’s trying to convey a message to the country.”
Duterte earlier endorsed the candidacies of former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go, former Philippine National Police Director General and Bureau of Corrections chief Bato dela Rosa and former Presidential Political Affairs adviser Francis Tolentino.
The President assured the country of a peaceful conduct of elections and a politically-neutral military and police.