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Labor leader Sonny Matula completes Robredo's senatorial slate

Labor leader Sonny Matula completes Robredo's senatorial slate

MANILA, Philippines — Labor leader and lawyer Sonny Matula has been chosen to be the 12th candidate in the senatorial lineup of Vice President Leni Robredo for the 2022 national elections.

In a statement on Friday, Robredo said that Matula, who is running under the Labor Party Philippines, has a clear track record of fighting for the rights of the Filipino workforce.

“Ikinagagalak ko ngayong ihayag: isinusulong ko para sa Senado si Attorney Sonny Matula ng Labor Party Philippines,” she said in her announcement.

“Malinaw ang track record ni Attorney Sonny sa paglaban para sa karapatan ng mga manggagawang Pilipino. Humarap siya sa mga malalaking korporasyon, na ang tanging sandata ay paninindigan at husay sa abogasya. Isinusulong niya ang karapatan ng mga manggagawa — isang adbokasiya na matagal na rin nating ipinaglalaban bago pa man ako pumasok sa pulitika,” she added.

Matula was one of the names being floated as the possible 12th senatorial candidate under the tandem of Robredo and Senator Francis Pangilinan.  Aside from Matula, a longtime activist and former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares was also considered for the post.

Robredo’s decision to pick Matula came after the (All4Leni) expressed support for Robredo’s platform, and urged her to pick the labor leader to widen the representation in her Senate slate.

Robredo’s decision was critical amid calls for Colmenares to be included in her senatorial slate.

Recently, Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza said that Makabayan coalition, Colmenares’ party, has already endorsed Senator Manny Pacquiao’s presidential candidacy. But Colmenares disputed these claims, saying that they are still in the process of deliberation.

According to , they have as they have not yet discussed with Robredo her possible platform if she is elected as president.

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