Legarda's Senate bid gains El Shaddai endorsement

House Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda has gained the strong endorsement of influential Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai just days ahead of the May 9 elections, where she is vying for a Senate seat.

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda (left) and El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde

The endorsement came as Legarda took the top spot anew in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino survey on voters’ preference among the 64 candidates for a Senate seat.

In response to El Shaddai’s endorsement announced recently by its leader Bro. Mike Velarde, Legarda expressed gratitude to all members of the country’s largest Catholic charismatic organization.

“Ang inyong tiwala ay napakahalaga sa akin dahil nagpapatunay lamang ito na bilang public servant sa loob ng dalawampung taon ay nagampanan ko nang maayos ang aking tungkullin sa taumbayan (Your trust is important to me because it proves that, as a public servant of 20 years, I was able to fulfill my duty properly),” the comebacking senator said.

Legarda added: “Maraming maraming salamat sa dasal, suporta at pag-gabay! Makakaasa po kayo sa kalidad ng serbisyong aking patuloy na ibibigay para sa pagbangon ng bansa sa pandemya at kahirapan (Thank you very much for your prayers, support, and guidance! You can be assured of the quality of service that I will continue to deliver in order to uplift the country from the pandemic and poverty).”

Earlier, the non-commissioned Pulso ng Pilipino survey conducted on April 4 to 15 showed Legarda as the top choice among 2,440 respondents polled from the National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions.

The comebacking senator and current Antique solon registered a high 60 percent, edging Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero who placed second with 58 percent.

Recent poll surveys conducted by various polling organizations like Pulse Asia and OCTA Research ranked Legarda’s in either first or second place, indicative of a strong showing in the coming May 9 polls.

Aside from El Shaddai’s endorsement, Legarda was also included in the list of senatorial aspirants being supported by the One Bangsamoro Movement.

In a statement coinciding with the Muslim celebration of Eid’el Fitr, One Bangsa said it’s leaders and more than one million members throughout the archipelago formed alliances with Muslim Youth Organizations and Muslim Traders Association to strongly support 12 candidates they picked to lead the next batch of senators which include Legarda.