Labor group selects Leni-Kiko tandem as first endorsed prexy, VP bets

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 22) – One of the country's influential labor groups has officially endorsed the tandem of presidential bet Leni Robredo and vice presidential contender Kiko Pangilinan.

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) announced on Friday its official endorsement of the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem for the May 9 national elections.

"Ipinagtitibay ng KMU na buong-buong susuporta't mangangampanya para sa pagpapanalo ng kandidaturang (The KMU affirms its full support and campaign for the victory of the candidacies of) Leni-Kiko," the group said in a statement.

In his tweet, KMU national chairperson Elmer Labog said it is the first time that the labor organization endorsed a presidential and vice presidential candidate.

"Masaya kami sa KMU na i-endorso, ikampanya at ipanalo sina Leni Robredo at Kiko Pangilinan. Tunay na oposisyon! Hindi tolongges!" said Labog, who has led the group since 2003.

[Translation: We are happy in KMU to endorse, campaign, and gave a win to Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan. They are the real opposition! They are not crooks!]

Labog is also part of the Robredo-Pangilinan senatorial slate.

The KMU added Robredo and Pangilinan are better candidates than survey frontrunners Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte, who they said belong to families with a track record of corruption, cronyism, and violating human rights.

"Sa kabila ng pagbuhos ng pondo ng koalisyong Marcos-Duterte upang matiyak ang pagkapanalo, umaani naman ng papalaking suporta ang pinakamalapit na kakompetensiya nito na tambalang Leni-Kiko," KMU added.

[Translation: Despite the continuous release of money of the Marcos-Duterte coalition to ensure their victory, their closest rival, the Leni-Kiko tandem, has been getting bigger support.]

Several groups have recently thrown their support to the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem including members of the academe, health workers, and some religious leaders.