Colmenares has an Angel during COC filing

ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATED) - Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator, accompanied by his aunt, actress Angel Locsin, and other notable individuals.

Colmenares was also accompanied by political satirist Mae Paner, also known as "Juana Change," former Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo, and Gabriela Party-list Rep. Emmi de Jesus.

According to Colmenares, Locsin's support goes beyond family relations and is rooted in her belief in his advocacy. The actress, whose real name is Angelica Colmenares, is a cousin of the congressman's father.

"Si Angel ay sumusuporta di lang dahil magkamag-anak, kundi naniniwala rin siya sa prinsipyo para sa mamamayan," he said.

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In an interview with ANC, Locsin said she is fully supporting the lawmaker's senatorial bid in the 2016 elections because she believes in her relative's integrity and capability to serve the Filipino people.

"Naniniwala kasi talaga ako sa kaniya. Isa siyang napakabuting tao na alam kong 100 percent yung sincerity niya sa pagtulong hindi lang dahil meron siyang personal na gustong magawa sa sarili niya, kundi dahil gusto niya lang talagang mapaganda ang Pilipinas," she said.

Locsin added that she is ready to campaign for the lawmaker if her schedule would permit her.

"Kung anong magawa, tutulong ako sa kaniya," Locsin said.

Speaking to reporters after filing his COC, Colmenares said he is running for senator in next year's elections to be a "fighter" of the people.

He is running under the Makabayan coalition.

"Ako ay tatakbo sa pagka-senador dahil kailangan ng fighter ng bayan sa Senado. Tatakbo ako sa pagka-senador para ipagpatuloy ang laban para itaas ang pensyon at sweldo, pababain ang singil sa kuryente at tubig, para ang serbisyo publiko ay palawakin at di gawing negisyo, para ang yaman ng Pilipinas ay mapakinabangan nating mga Pilipino," he said.

Colmenares earlier said he is inclined to support the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe. -- With reports from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com; RG Cruz, ABS-CBN news

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