Senator Win Gatchalian’s candidacy received more backing from diverse religious and political groups with the latest endorsements coming from the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), El Shaddai, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-affiliated United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP).
“Ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa ating mga kapatid sa INC at El Shaddai sa kanilang pag endorso sa aking kandidatura. Napakalaking bagay ng endorsement nila at patunay lamang na ‘yung ating mga ginawa sa nakaraang anim na taon ay binibigyan nila ng pagpapahalaga,” the re-electionist senator said.
The INC, whose endorsement is heavily sought by political candidates every election in the country, announced Tuesday night the 12 senatorial bets they’re supporting in the coming May 9 poll exercise with the inclusion of Gatchalian while the country’s largest Catholic charismatic movement El Shaddai endorsed the senator last Saturday, April 30.
Gatchalian is also among the 12 candidates endorsed by the UBJP, the political party of the MILF.
“The United Bangsamoro Justice Party is committed to protect the Bangsamoro people and safeguard the gains of the Bangsamoro Peace Process. After careful assessment of the track record, conviction, and contribution to the Bangsamoro of candidates for senators in the 2022 national elections, the UBJP has decided to officially endorse our hand-picked candidates for senators,” it said in a press statement dated May 2, 2022.
“As a genuinely-principled political party, the UBJP respects the electoral exercise and urges the voting public to exercise their constitutional right of suffrage on May 9, 2022. We join everyone in praying for a safe, clean, peaceful and honest elections,” the statement added.
Gatchalian was among those who participated in the Senate deliberations in 2018 of Republic Act No. 11054, the “Act Providing for the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.”
“Mahalaga at personal sa akin ang suportang ibinibigay ng grupo dahil pagpapatunay ito ng tiwala nila sa aking kakayahan at sinseridad bilang lingkod bayan. Makakaasa sila na susuklian ko ang tiwala at kumpiyansang ito sa pamamagitan ng pagsusulong ng mga batas na mapapakinabangan ng lahat anuman ang relihiyong kinabibilangan ng bawat Pilipino,” Gatchalian said.