Re-electionist Sen. Bam Aquino expressed gratitude to the Sangguniang Layko ng Pilipinas for supporting him and nine other senatorial candidates endorsed by the People’s Choice Movement (PCM).
The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, the lay arm of the CBCP, declared its support for the 10 candidates as they will help keep the independence of the Senate, according to its president Julieta Wasan.
“Taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa mga kapatid na Katoliko ng Sangguniang Layko ng Pilipinas sa tiwala at suporta,” said Sen. Bam, one of the candidates endorsed by PCM.
“Salamat sa inyong paninindigan sa panahon na kailangan ng giting para sa ating pananampalataya at sambayanan,” he added.
Sen. Bam called on the Catholic faithful to choose candidates who will work for the welfare of the nation.
“Nanawagan ako sa lahat ng mga kapatid sa Katoliko, sama-sama nating ipanalo sa halalan ang tunay na makakabuti sa ating bayan,” said Sen. Bam.
The PCM based its selection on character and honor, competence and abilities, faithfulness to public service, faithfulness to God, the Constitution and the law.
Sen. Bam topped the PCM’s selection process, garnering 120 votes from 130 representatives from various Catholic, evangelical and Protestant groups.
Aside from the the Sangguniang Layko ng Pilipinas, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Commission on the Laity, urged the Catholic faithful to support and campaign for the PCM-backed candidates.