Press Release
May 1, 2016


For having the clearest anti-poverty platform, independent vice-presidential candidate Sen. Francis "Chiz Escudero has received the endorsement of the Makabansang Unifikasyon ng Guardians, Inc. (MUG), a grassroots organization fighting to alleviate the plight of the poor.

MUG is the umbrella organization of all Guardians Brotherhood associations in the Philippines with chapters in various countries around the world. Its membership is estimated at around 11 million and most of them are active and retired police and military personnel.

Among the group's advisers are former Philippine National Police Chief Avelino Razon Jr., and retired PNP General and former Customs Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim, who is also the national chairman of the Reformed Armed Forces Movement (RAM).

Alex Quillope, chairman of MUG's board of governors, said they picked Escudero because he has the "clearest anti-poverty platform" among the candidates for the second highest post in the land.

"Senator Chiz has the clearest platform on fighting poverty, and his focus on 'walang maiiwan sa kapatiran' is in line with the aspirations of our members and the basic principles and objectives of the Guardians Brotherhood," Quillope said.

Quillope called on all Guardians to rally behind Escudero and "support his candidacy to the last drop of our blood."

"This is not only as our sacred fraternal duty and for the benefit of our members, but more importantly, as responsible citizens for the benefit of the entire nation," Quillope said.

Aside from a clear platform, Quillope said the Guardians are also impressed with Escudero's track record as a legislator, his strong stance against corruption and tough but legal approach to crime and terrorism.

"It is clear to us that Senator Chiz is the most prepared candidate for vice president, not only because of his qualifications, but because of his track record, and his commitment to the poor and oppressed, which comprised many of our members is manifest, and tried and tested," Quillope said.

In response, Escudero said he "whole-heartedly accepts" the endorsement as he thanked the Guardians for their "strong support, faith and solidarity with our aspirations to fight poverty from the roots."

Escudero is running under the platform of "Gobyernong may Puso," which is anchored on rapid and inclusive growth, poverty alleviation, transparent government, and global competitiveness.

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