Manila, Philippines (4E) – Nine of the candidates who won senatorial seats in the recent Philippine election are all administration-backed, giving Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s reform agenda a chance.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed the top eight winning senatorial bets – Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Nancy Binay, Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV. Except for Binay, who came from opposition United Nationalist Alliance, the five other senators-elect ran under Team PNoy the administration-backed coalition.
Aquino’s allies allowed the president to push important laws such as passage of the sin tax law, controversial reproductive health bill that provides government- funded contraception, sex education and maternal care to all Filipinos.
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