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Religious coalition endorses Robredo for VP.

Byline: Julliane Love De Jesus

Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo has secured the endorsement of the Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership (PMTL), a movement composed of faith-based organizations, for the 2016 national elections less than a month away.

The PMTL, which aims to reach 10 million voters from the Catholic, Christian and Evangelical communities, announced that the group is supporting Robredo in a ceremony at Club Filipino on Tuesday.

The administration bet expressed elation over the support of the movement after it studied the platforms of all six candidates seeking the vice presidency.

Napakalaking karangalan para sa akin na of the six of us, ako ang napiling iendorso lalong lalo na alam natin gano ito ka-crucial. Hindi ito eleksyon ng personalidad, pero eleksyon ito ng mga pinapaniwalan natin na mahahalagang bagay, she said in an interview.

Hindi madaling ma-endorso ng PMTL. Mahaba 'yung proseso nila. In-assess kami bilang kandidato hindi lang sa pagkatao kundi kung saan kami tumatayo sa mga issues, Robredo added.

(It is a great honor for me that out of the six of us, I was the one chosen to be endorsed, especially knowing that this [endorsement] is very crucial. This is not an election of personalities but an election of our convictions regarding important matters.

(It's not easy for one to be endorsed by the PMTL. Their process is lengthy. They assess us as candidates not just based on our character, but on where we stand on certain issues.)

During the ceremony, Robredo signed a covenant promising to implement the reform agenda addressing poverty reduction, job creation and good governance drafted by the PMTL should she win the elections in May.

The Camarines Sur representative, who is faring better in the surveys than her running mate former Interior Secretary Manuel Mar Roxas II, said the endorsement will help her improve her numbers particularly in Metro Manila, where Senator Bongbong Marcos is leading. The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Marcos leading the VP race with 28 percent. Robredo is in second place with 21 percent, overtaking Senator Francis Escudero who got 21 percent.

Kaya napakahalaga ng PMTL kasi 'yun mga organizations na nasa ilalim nila, sila 'yung may connection sa ground so syempre 'yung flock maabot nila. So sana kung sino 'yung di namin maabot, maabot nila, she said.

(That's why the PMTL is so important, it's because of the organizations under it, they are the ones with connections to the ground so definitely they can reach the flock. So, hopefully they can reach the ones we can't reach.)

Members of the PMTL include Catholic organizations Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (LNP), Couples for Christ (CFC), Christian Family Movement (CFM), Federation of Transparochial Charismatic Communities (FAMILIA, FTCC), Bukas Loob sa Diyos/Servant Leaders, Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls, Philippine Alliance of Ex-Seminarians (PAX), Dilaab Movement, Defensores Fidei, and Light of Jesus (LOJ) Community.

Evangelical and Protestant organizations that joined PMTL are Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), United Churches' Council of the Philippines (UCCP), Philippine Jesus Movement (PJM), Bible Mode, Christian Bishops and Ministers Association of the Philippines (CBMAP), Christian Patriots, Capitol Christian Leadership (CCL), Nameless Faceless Selfless (NFS) Ministry, Intercessors for the Philippines (IFP) and United Methodist Church (UMC).
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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Apr 12, 2016
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