A key step to experiencing real democracy and freedom from poverty is for Filipinos to choose a government leader who speaks and acts sincerely for the 99%.
At 07:00 hour today, people from different sectors joined MAKABAYAN candidate for senate No. 6 Teddy Casiño in a symbolic run from Buendia Taft to the Senate Gate in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. It marked Day 1 run of 90-day electoral countdown.
Casiño stressed his allegiance to serious politics and progressive change in the lives of farmers, workers, indigenous people, women and children, gays and lesbians, middle class professionals and government employees as well as social entrepreneurs and national industry proprietors.
For the 3rd poorest man in congress, streets and remote places are not foreign to his feet being a student leader, worker’s rights fighter, writer and officer of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) as among his leadership credentials prior to taking his principled position in parliament as Bayan Muna representative.
I am not really a fan of elections but I am agitated by hope of new politics for 2013. Teddy has no budget for lavish ads as candidates in the ranks of dynasties have. He neither cannot payout front crowds and media glitz as traditional crocos can.
But decades of determined struggle can attest that by choosing a MAKABAYAN, Filipinos install a voice of commoners in the Upper House. I definitely will stamp my thumb for such a brother: katribu, kababayan, kaibigan, kasama.
Joining the campaign for the 99%, I just signed up with women and child rights advocates to do street performances and mapping communities for Teddy’s run. Volunteers are most welcome to be part of our team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.