THE Sanlakas party-list group on Tuesday denied forging an “unholy alliance” with Senator Francis Escudero, who is running for vice president, in exchange for P70 million to derail the candidacy of his rival, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Sanlakas president Manjette Lopez described the alleged alliance as “pure baloney.”
“Sanlakas does not need any prodding, much less need to get paid, for us to take a clear and unequivocal stand against the electoral bid of another Marcos in office,” Lopez said.
She said she herself was arrested twice and detained during Martial Law, when Marcos’ father and namesake was president.
“We join hands with the ongoing Never Again Campaign and the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang in calling for the rejection of Bongbong Marcos’ candidacy in the coming elections,” Lopez said.
“We demand justice not only for the human rights violations but also for the economic injustice inflicted by the plunder of billions of dollars by the Marcos family and cronies.”
In a statement, Sanlakas said it forged an alliance with Escudero to advance its demands on regular employment, education, public housing, universal health care and government support to farmers, among other things.
“But then again, there is still a speck of truth in the article, and that is that an Escudero victory in the 2016 polls will stop on its tracks Bongbong’s bid to get back to Malacañang,” Lopez said.
‘‘Sanlakas reacted to an article published in a newspaper that P50 million from Escudero went to the Koalisyong Makabayan and P20 million to Sanlakas.
“The allegations in the article of a certain Nelson Badilla are absolutely fabricated,” Lopez said.
‘‘Sanlakas has no relation with a certain Charlie Avila, the alleged conduit to Senator Escudero. This is pure baloney. We do not need a conduit for we have worked directly with Senator Escudero in the past on such issues as the fight against contractualization, higher wages, tax reform and the like.” Rio N. Araja and Sandy Araneta
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