Both De Guzman and Matula are pushing for the end of contractualization, labor abuses and other pressing problems in the labor sector. Makabayan bloc president Satur Ocampo believes the track record of De Guzman, president of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, and Matula, a lawyer and president of the Federation of Free Workers, will serve as the “representation” of the labor sector. “Subok na (sila) sa pagtatanggol at panggigiit ng karapatan ng mga manggagawa,” he said. Makabayan previously said it would be backing 1 or 2 more candidates after naming 9 other bets last March 3. Makabayan earlier endorsed the candidacies of opposition Otso Diretso bets Sen. Benigno “Bam” Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, former lawmaker Erin Tañada, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay. Reelectionist Senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, and former Sen. Serge Osmeña also secured the left-leaning coalition’s backing. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Ocampo said De Guzman and Matula were chosen as labor is one of the “basic elements” for the coalition’s cause. He added that the the two candidates would complete Makabayan’s slate for the 2019 senatorial polls.