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For being young, idealistic and "full of sex appeal," Team PNoy's senatorial candidate, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, has received the support of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. On Monday, the feisty Santiago announced that she is endorsing the "sexy" senatorial aspirant, son of her colleague Senator Edgardo Angara, for this year's midterm elections.
"I am endorsing @sonnyangara because I want young people in the Senate," Santiago said on her Twitter account.
"He is young and idealistic, also full of sex appeal," she added.
Santiago said Angara also "graduated from UP, Harvard & London School of Economics. He is very impressive."
The endorsement came despite Santiago's opposing views with Angara during the Senate impeachment trial last year that led to the conviction of then-Chief Justice Renato Corona.
While Angara served as the spokesperson of the prosecution panel during the trial, Santiago was among the three senator-judges who voted for Corona's acquittal.
By a vote of 20-3, the Senate sitting as an impeachment court found Corona guilty of Article II of the impeachment complaint: did not fully disclose his assets in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
Meanwhile, also on Twitter, Angara thanked the senator for the endorsement.
The senatorial candidate said: "heartfelt thanks to @senmiriam defensor-santiago 4 her endorsement of our candidacy. this is no ordinary endorsement. Salamat po ng marami!"
The sexy campaign strategy
While most candidates boast of purported achievements and make assorted promises, 40-year-old Sonny Angara is the only one unabashedly offering the public the promise of a good-looking senator.
An earlier analysis on GMA News Online noted that while Angara talked about advocacies, his campaign has also been reminding the public just how "pretty" the senatorial candidate is.
A series of emails sent to media by the Angara campaign has set aside all modesty and called him “an epitome of a Pinoy heartthrob,” “kilabot ng mga bebot,” and “like ng mga lola," in addition to the more commonplace “guwapo” and “handsome," the same article said.
The latest Pulse Asia pre-election national survey, conducted from April 20 to 22, showed that Angara ranked 8th-14th.
Meanwhile, the latest survey of BusinessWorld and Social Weather Stations (SWS), conducted from March 15 to 17, showed that Angara ranked 12th among the senatorial candidates. — Amanda Fernandez/RSJ, GMA News