Of the hundreds of party-list groups running in this month’s elections, Akbayan is the only party-list organization endorsed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.
The President declared support for Akbayan during a campaign sortie in Lucena City, Quezon last Monday afternoon as he denied report he was endorsing other party-list groups.
“Alam niyo kahapon, pinakitaan ako ng kakaliwa’t kanang text. Napakarami ko palang iniindorsong mga kandidato, at pati party-list. Iisa lang ho ang party-list ko. Tinutulungan ko po ang Akbayan (You know, I was recently presented with various text messages. I was apparently endorsing many candidates and party-list groups (but) I am endorsing only one party-list (group). I am helping Akbayan),“ Aquino said in a speech.
The President shrugged off other party-list groups claiming support for his government. “Sabi ko, di bale po ‘yan. Parang lahat ngayon nagsasabi, “kakampi kami“ pati `yung kalaban (I said, Never mind. Almost everybody, even our enemies are saying, we are allies),“ he added. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)