Press Release
March 3, 2019

Makabayan Coalition supports Sen. Bam Aquino's re-election bid

The Makabayan Coalition on Sunday has endorsed the re-election bid of Sen. Bam Aquino, along with eight other senatorial bets in the May elections.

Aside from Sen. Bam, the Makabayan Coalition also vowed to support the candidacy of his fellow Otso Diretso senatorial bets -- human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, former Cong. Erin Tanada, former solicitor general Florin Hilbay and women's rights advocate Samira Gutoc.

The Makabayan Coalition also endorsed the candidacy of Sens. Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, former Sen. Serge Osmena and former Cong. Neri Colmenares.

The Makabayan Coalition is an alliance of several groups, including Bayan Muna, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Katribu, Migrante, Akap-Bata, Confederation for Unity Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), Piston, Kalikasan and Aking Bikolnon.

"Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Makabayan Coalition sa suporta at tiwalang ibinigay nila sa akin. Napakalaking tulong nito sa hangarin nating magkaroon ng isang independent na Senado," said Sen. Bam.

Sen. Bam has worked with some members of the Makabayan Bloc in pushing for laws that promote the welfare of the Filipino people.

Among them is the free college law, which was also actively pushed by the Kabataan Party List in the Lower House.

"Napakahalaga ng naging papel ng Kabataan Partylist para maitaguyod ang batas para sa Libreng Kolehiyo na ngayo'y pinakikinabangan na ng napakaraming Pilipino," said Sen. Bam, principal sponsor of the free college law in the Senate.

Sen. Bam and the Makabayan bloc also share the same advocacy to amend the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and in condemning extra-judicial killings and other humans rights violations under the current administration.

Sen. Bam has also committed to protect the welfare of jeepney drivers by calling on the government to first conduct a thorough study of its modernization plan so their livelihood will not be affected.

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