Recto endorses Bong Revilla, 3 opposition bets, 3 reelectionists

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Posted at May 05 2019 10:53 AM

Sen. Ralph Recto endorses 7 senatorial candidates during the meeting de avance of a local party in Batangas. ABS-CBN News

Sen. Ralph Recto endorses 7 senatorial candidates during the meeting de avance of a local party in Batangas. ABS-CBN News

Sen. Ralph Recto endorses 7 senatorial candidates during the meeting de avance of a local party in Batangas. ABS-CBN News

Sen. Ralph Recto endorses 7 senatorial candidates during the meeting de avance of a local party in Batangas. ABS-CBN News

LIPA, Batangas -- Sen. Ralph Recto backed the election bids of former senator Bong Revilla, 3 opposition candidates and 3 incumbent colleagues in this vote-rich province on Saturday, as the campaign entered the homestretch. 

Recto accompanied former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and reelectionist Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar and Sonny Angara to a meeting de avance led by his wife, Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto. 

Speaking to voters, Recto also rallied support for Roxas' fellow opposition bets Chel Diokno and Romulo Macalintal, both Batangueños who did not make it to the event. 

Revilla also missed the event organized by the One Batangas local party, but sent his representative, actor Tirso Cruz III. 

"Piling-pili naman yung mga inimbitahan natin, yung mga karapat-dapat. Ang mga Batangueño, magaling pumili yan. Ano man ang kulay ng partido mo, iisang bansa pa rin tayo," said Recto. 

(Those we invited were only a select few, who are worthy. Batangueños are good at choosing. Regardless of your party color, we are one country.) 

Villar and Poe shared the lead in an April 10 to 14 voter preference survey by Pulse Asia, which saw Angara placing 4th to 9th, followed by Revilla at the 5th to 9th spots. 
 
Roxas ranked 14th to 17th in the same opinion poll, while Diokno and Macalintal were not among the 14 candidates with a statistical chance of winning. 

Roxas dubbed Recto's endorsement as a "political earthquake." 

"Isang malaking karangalan ito. In fact this is [a] political earthquake, kasi Nacionalista Party, Liberal Party magkasama kaya talagang malaking bagay 'yan,” he said.

(This is a great honor. In fact this is a political earthquake because the Nacionalista Party, Liberal Party are together so this is a big thing.) 

Villar, fielded by the Nacionalista Party, is also endorsed by administration-backed regional political party Hugpong ng Pagbabago, like Villar and Angara. 

Poe meanwhile is an independent candidate. 

"'Yan iyung realidad sa Senado e: we have to cross party lines, you have to work together. I think si Senator Ralph is the master of that. So nagpapasalamat kami,” said Angara. 

(That's the reality in the Senate: we have to cross party lines, you have to work together. I think Senator Ralph is the master of that. So we are thankful.) 

Batangas is home to 1.72 million voters, making it the 7th most vote-rich province in the country. 
 
Report from Fay Virrey, ABS-CBN News