Four major political parties on Thursday joined forces to form the UniTeam Alliance to support the presidential bid of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, while Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is now being backed by several labor unions for next year’s elections.

Dubbed the “UniTeam Alliance Agreement,” the coalition between Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) vowed to pursue “good governance, reforms to reboot and rebound the economy, sustained campaign to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, national unification and healing, and address other enormous problems facing the Philippines.”

During the hybrid signing of the UniTeam Alliance Agreement, party officials also sought stronger cooperation in ensuring the preservation of the country’s democratic processes, including the conduct of peaceful and orderly polls.

Under the agreement, all parties agreed to give their full and unqualified support to Marcos and Duterte.

Lakas-CMD President and House Majority Leader Martin G. Romualdez, PFP President and South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr., HNP President and Davao Occidental Gov. Claude Bautista, and PMP President Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada signed the agreement.

‘Labor groups for Domagoso’

Meanwhile, Manila Rep. Rolando Valeriano said labor unions from different companies met with city officials and registered their support to Moreno’s presidential candidacy.

Valeriano said leaders of the labor unions at Security Bank, Bank of Makati, Nestle Cabuyao, Nestle Lipa, Maynilad and Manila Water met with Manila officials.

“This is the third Sunday that union workers have met with Manila public officials. Previously, the officers of the Bataan FPF employees Union, Monde MY San Workers Union, Monde MY San Calamba Workers Union, Miescor Builders Labor Organization, Meralco Industrial Miescor Employees Union also met with us and expressed support for Yorme Isko,” Valeriano said.

The said unions are under the aegis of the Philippine Trade and General Workers Organization (PTGWO), which is listed by the Department of Labor and Employment as one of the biggest federation of labor unions in the country in terms of membership. Its worker-members are employed in almost all industries. Its local unions are scattered nationwide.

The workers cited Manila’s record in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.  “Workers in all industries are now supporting Yorme…,” said Valeriano.– 

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